Kitchen Countertops for Peterborough Homes
always been a centre for arts, crafts, and design. It's not surprising that,
when choosing design elements for their homes, Peterborough residents often opt
not only durable and easy to care for; it's also a beautiful addition to any
Granite is an
igneous rock that's formed under great heat and pressure under the earth's
crust. Comprised of quartz, feldspar, and mica, granite also contains various
"accessory” minerals that help to give it colour. While most people are
familiar with neutral granite shades such as tan, cream, brown, grey, black, or
white, fewer realize that granite is also available in a variety of vivid
colours. Pattern is also a big aspect of granite's appearance. Patterns range
from subtle flecks or graining to dramatic veins, striations, and splotches.
Each piece of granite is unique, and as a design element, a granite countertop
is a display of nature's "art.”
Granite is found in
virtually every country throughout the world, including Canada. About thirty
Canadian varieties of marble are currently available, including "Blue Eyes”, a
beautiful stone in shades of blue and silver, "Canadian Mahogany” (also known
as "Red Deer Brown”), "Crystal Gold” and "Morning Rose”, a pink marble quarried
near Vermilion Bay, Ontario. Major granite exporting countries include: India, China, Africa, Brazil, and Scandinavia.
The extraction of
granite used to be work-intensive and time-consuming, which meant that granite
accents were only accessible to wealthy homeowners. By the 1980s, new
technology cut down on the physical labour and time necessary for extraction.
Other new tools shortened the time necessary for processing granite slabs.
These more efficient ways to quarry and process granite led to more affordable
prices, and the popularity of granite countertops increased steadily. Today,
granite is the number one choice of most designers and homeowners for both
kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Granite is heat
resistant. Old-fashioned plastic laminate countertops are often burned or
damaged by having hot pots or pans placed on them, but granite can withstand a higher
level of heat. Granite is also a very tough substance, due to its interlocking structure, which results when mineral crystals grow
out of a molten state. Granite scores a 7
on the Mohs scale of hardness. Granite, when properly cared for, is stain
resistant and scratch resistant.
Caring for granite
is not difficult, but it must be done regularly. Some
stone suppliers recommend resealing the surface every year. To test whether
your granite countertop is due for resealing, wet a paper towel and leave it on
the counter for about five minutes. When you remove the towel, if the colour of
the stone beneath is noticeably darker than the surrounding stone, it's time to
reseal. (Resealing involves coating the surface with a special non-toxic,
food-safe sealer, which is no more complex than waxing the car.) Acidic
substances like lemon juice, vinegar, or red wine can damage the counter, but
if they're wiped up in a timely fashion, no stains should occur. If your granite
does stain, simply mix up a paste of baking soda and water, and scrub gently.
a reputable stone supplier serving the Peterborough area, and find a granite
kitchen countertop to add beauty and durability to your home!