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Granite Countertops, we are a one-stop shop and we will work with you in any way that suits you.
1) We will remove and discard your existing countertops
2) Disconnect the stove top and remove the sink.
3) Then the new countertops are installed, back splash and sink.
4) Your new granite countertops are polished and sealed.
Plus, if your needs include cabinets for your new kitchen counters, we also sell wood semi-custom cabinetry up to 70% less than big box stores!

- We only work with full granite slabs.
- San Antonios most experienced granite fabricators
- Full-service slab selection assistance, including help selecting
  the best granite slab and the correct material for the job.
- Higher quality finished product with fewer seams, stronger
  support, better durability, more beautiful finished job.
- Hundreds of kitchen granite colors and styles available.
- Great prices on remnants for vanities.
- Turn-key results

Granite Countertops of San Antonio delivers the finest granite countertops and cabinets at the lowest overall price in the San Antonio Area. Granite Countertops and Custom Cabinets is our families only business, and we have served the San Antonio area for over 10 years. Providing expert design consultation, fabrication and installation of custom granite countertops by a team of skilled and experienced craftsmen.

Granite Countertops & 
Custom Cabinets

"We are the lowest price provider of quality Granite Countertops in the San Antonio Area!"

The phrase "hard as a rock" might as well have come from someone thinking of granite. Formed ov­er millions of years from compressed molten rock under the Earth's surface, granite is extremely hard and durable.

With its heat-resistant qualities, granite doesn't blister; it's also unlikely to scratch or chip. When used for kitchen countertops, it's far superior to marble, synthetic and laminate. It's also better-looking and has a luminous, dimensional quality when polished.

Granite is made up of interlocking mineral crystals, the most common being feldspar and quartz. But an array of other minerals can be included, and these make each piece of granite unique. Feldspar is the white mineral you see in granite; the light gray veins are quartz; and the black is typically mica [source: Keidel].

­Granite is drilled, chiseled and blasted out of quarries in large blocks, and special milling machines then cut it into workable slabs. Typically, a slab of granite is around 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) wide and between 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 meters) long. Other machines polish the material into a uniform thickness, usually about three-quarters of an inch to 1 1/4 inches (2 to 3 centimeters) [source: Walton].

About Granite

What is granite?

Granite is a common and widely-occurring group of intrusive felsic igneous rocks that form at great depths and pressures under continents. Granite consists of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars, quartz, hornblende, biotite, muscovite and minor accessory minerals such as magnetite, garnet, zircon and apatite. Rarely, a pyroxene is present. Ordinary granite always carries a small amount of plagioclase, but when this is absent the rock is referred to as alkali granite. An increasing proportion of plagioclase feldspar causes granite to pass into granodiorite. A rock consisting of equal proportions of orthoclase and plagioclase plus quartz may be considered a quartz monzonite. A granite containing both muscovite and biotite micas is called a binary granite. The average density is 2.75 g/cm3 with a range of 1.74 to 2.80.

The word granite comes from the Latin granum, a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a crystalline rock.

Granite occurs as relatively small, less than 100 km2 stock-like masses and as large batholiths often associated with orogenic mountain ranges and is frequently of great extent. Small dikes of granitic composition called aplites are associated with granite margins. In some locations very coarse-grained pegmatite masses occur with granite. Granite has been intruded into the crust of the Earth during all geologic periods, except perhaps the most recent; much of it is of Precambrian age. Granite is widely distributed throughout the continental crust of the Earth and is the most abundant basement rock that underlies the relatively thin sedimentary rock veneer of the continents.

There are two theories for the origin of granite. The magmatic theory states that granite is derived by the crystal fractionation of magma. Thus granite bodies are the result of intrusion of liquid magma into the existing rocks. The granitization theory states that granite is formed in place by extreme metamorphism. There is evidence to support both theories, and both are useful to explain different observed features. The two may actually merge: as metamorphic conditions increase to the melting point of the metamorphosed granite, it will melt and become a liquid magma.

Granite has been extensively used a dimension stone and as flooring tiles in public and commercial buildings and monuments.
They are both stone, which makes them hard, heavy, expensive and time consuming to install. They are both natural products, which means there can be variations in color and pattern, and sometimes what you see in the display is not very close to what you actually get delivered. Both come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Both can be stained by oily or highly colored foods. So both require resealing every once in a while (it seems like yearly is the usual rule.) Both are relatively heatproof, and they won't scorch (a very hot pot placed on either type of stone could crack it, theoretically.) They start at about $60 per square foot installed, but granite can go as high as $200 per square foot.

But granite is a much harder, stronger stone than marble. It resists impacts and scratches better. And it is resistant to acids like tomato juice, lemon juice or vinegar. Marble is simply calcium carbonate, just like chalk, but in a compressed and crystallized form. So acids can etch the surface permanently. (And it will fizz, just like chalk in vinegar.) And it cracks and scratches more easily. Some marbles have very little pattern (some are totally pure white) so stains and marring stand out more. Granite typically has a complex mottled pattern that hides stains better. So for hard use, granite is a better choice.

A marble countertop or slab is a traditional working surface for pastry chefs, because the cold stone keeps the butter in the pastry layers from melting. But polished granite would probably work as well.

Practical considerations aside, marble has a look that is possibly more elegant and luxurious. It has extremely fine crystals, which create a snowy or satiny look. And the colors and patterns can be quite dramatic. Granite tends to have larger crystals, perhaps the size of peas or rice grains. This creates a coarser, more sparkly look. And while granite comes in a range of colors and patterns, that range is probably narrower than for marble.

So most people seem to recommend granite for hard use areas like countertops. Marble is higher maintenance, less durable and about as expensive. Its one advantage may be in appearance, but that will depend on the owner's taste and the kitchen's overall style.

But just FYI, there is another possibility that is even more durable than granite, and that is quartz or "engineered stone". It is made of quartz powder that is fused together at very high heat. Unlike granite, it resists stains and doesn't need sealing. It comes in patterns and colors that mimic granite very closely, but it is totally predictable, and more uniform than real stone (which might be good or bad, depending on your tastes.) It also comes in colors and patterns not found in nature, like bright blue. It costs about the same as marble or granite.

Granite vs Marble

Can I cut on my granite countertop?

Cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.  Granite is so hard that it will ruin your knife, not the granite.

What Are Some Common Granite Myths?

- Granite countertops are absorbent.
Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid surface (plastic) products. Granite is commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain.

- Granite countertops stain easily.
Granite counters are resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.

- Stains in granite countertops are permanent.
Most stains can be removed from granite counters. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone.

- Granite countertops will lose its polish over the years.
While this may be true of marble, granite will shine years from now just as if it was brand new. Granite counters are highly scratch resistant and will not show wear from daily use.

- Granite countertops requires a lot of maintenance.
Routine cleaning of your countertops with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Once a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed, which only takes about 15 minutes�less time than scouring a solid surface countertop with a cleanser to remove scratches.

- Heat will cause granite countertops to chip and crack.
Granite counters are heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your countertop.

- Dark colored granite countertops are harder than light colored granites.
Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent, white to grey colored mineral.

- Granite's tiny pores and fissures harbor bacteria.
Bacteria are found everywhere. If it is on a granite countertop, then it can also be found on a laminate or solid surface top. Use an anti-bacterial soap to wash your countertop if you are concerned.

- Granite and marble countertops are essentially the same.
Besides the fact that they are both natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. Marble is generally a calicoes stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however, is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, which is cooled and then hardened below the earth�s surface.

- Granite countertops are expensive.
Granite counters are usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. You will be amazed when you compare the price of granite to other popularly famed "luxury surfaces". Granite offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance and longevity.

Care of Granite Countertops

Granite is extremely hard but like any natural stone, it is slightly porous. Anything acidic can etch the glossy surface and oils can soak into an unsealed top, so it’s important to quickly clean up spills like wine, oil, mustard, citrus or chemicals before they can soak into the surface or damage the gloss.

Although water left to puddle on the surface of the granite will leave a dark stain, this will disappear when it dries out completely. To be safe, we recommend sealing granite countertops to reduce absorption of oils and liquids that may stain the granite.

Sealing Granite Countertops

We recommend using a good granite countertop sealer to help block the absorption of liquids and oils that can stain your granite top.

Our #1 piece of advice for granite countertop care is to seal your granite countertop using a natural stone sealer.

A good way to check the state of sealer on your granite surface is to sprinkle some water on your countertop. If it doesn’t bead up but soaks into the stone it needs to be re-sealed. This can be done once a year or as necessary.

Applying the granite countertop sealer is as easy as wiping it on, using a soft cotton cloth. The sealer is absorbed into the microscopic pores of the granite and is safe for food handling.

Removing Stains from Granite Countertops

If you have a stain on your granite countertop that you cannot remove you can try some of these ideas:

Marker stains can often be wiped away using acetone or lacquer thinner, especially on dark granite colors. If you have a light color granite installed you can also try hydrogen peroxide instead.

A good way to remove stubborn granite stains is to use a poultice, which will draw out the stain or oil from the granite into the poultice. Try making a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, thickened with enough flour to make a paste. Apply this paste carefully to the stain and cover with plastic to keep it from drying out too quickly. Leave overnight and scrape away with a wooden utensil to avoid scratches.

If the granite stain is from oil, you can try the same poultice but substitute hydrogen peroxide for the dishwashing liquid in the above formula.

For stubborn oil stains try placing a hot, wet, terry cloth towel on the stain, then place an iron on full steam on top of the towel. This will help break down the stain and you can then use the poultice to draw out the oil.

Organic stains from food can be attacked by adding a few drops of ammonia to the mixture.

An quick and easy thing to try is to sprinkle cornstarch on the stain and let it sit for 18 to 24 hours. Afterwards, vacuum up the cornstarch and repeat the process as needed.

For a professional approach, try StoneTech Professional Oil Stain Remover.

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