What is Granite?
Granite is coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of quartz and feldspars, with trace amounts of mica. It can come in an impressive display of colors and patterns and is by far the most common rock found in the outer crust. Granite is formed by the cooling of magma in the ground. It’s excellent for making kitchen counters out of because it is durable, weight-bearing, and looks magnificent when polished.
What Makes Our Granite Countertops Unique?
At Fox Granite, we have an immense selection of granite slabs perfect for your remodeling projects. With one of the best selections of granite countertops in Austin and San Antonio, your kitchen remodeling project begins and ends with us. Our family-owned granite countertop shop in Austin, TX has provided high-quality granite countertops installations for Austin and San Antonio residents since 2010.
Types of Granite Countertops
Level 1 Granite
Almost 80% of the jobs we’re hired to do are related to installing granite countertops. Most of our clients choose to work with Level 1 granite. Level 1 granite has a high-quality, durable foundation compared to other granite slabs and is less likely to get stains on it. Plus, it’s very affordable for it’s high quality.
Exotic granite is known for its inconsistency. As the movement/differentiation of a granite slab increases, so does the price. Choosing an exotic granite means increased cost and maintenance while reducing durability. Have no fear, if exotic is your taste, all this means is paying extra attention to the life-cycle of your sealer and following the guidelines outlined in our stone care page.
Granite Countertops FAQs
Granite is not high-maintenance. It’s stain, scratch, heat and chemical resistant and one of the strongest countertop materials available. To ensure it doesn’t get damaged, it’s important to seal your granite countertops.
You don’t need to seal granite frequently like you do with other kitchen countertop materials. There are even some sealants that offer a lifetime warranty against staining after a single application. A good sealant will penetrate deep down and keep bacteria out of tiny crevices in the stone. It is important, however, to dust, wipe up spills, and use potholders on a daily basis to extend the life of your granite countertop.
For granite, you should avoid using all cleaning products as they can severely damage the material. Hot water and dish soap are all you need for daily sanitizing. For a stronger homemade disinfectant, mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Spray onto the granite, allow it to sit for about five minutes, rinse it with water, and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
For polishing your granite counter, mix a ¼ cup of baking soda with three cups of warm water. Apply this solution on the granite with a soft cloth. Then, use another cloth to buff the counter.