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Granite Countertops

If you’ve been searching for a timeless countertop to complete your space, there is nothing more classic than a granite kitchen or bathroom countertop. As one of the most popular natural stone surfaces on the market, its reputation is well earned because of its durability, beauty, and low maintenance. The best part? Granite isn’t limited to just your countertops. It’s also ideal for backsplashes, sink basins, fireplace mantels, and even outdoor kitchen countertops

As such a diverse natural stone, it’s no wonder granite is considered a must-have for an updated kitchen or bathroom. Because it’s a natural stone that comes in an array of colors and patterns, no two pieces will ever be the same because every slab cut is one of a kind. Installing a granite countertop slab will be like having a piece of natural art in your home.

How are Granite Countertops Made?


Granite is a tough natural igneous rock, formed from molten rock erupting from the Earth’s core. The visibly crystalline texture is formed by minerals such as quartz, orthoclase, or microcline and gives granite its distinct patterns of colors and veining. To make granite countertops, the granite must go through a few different phases. First, the granite is drilled out of a quarry in large sections, and from these sections, granite slabs are cut at various widths and sizes. After the slabs are cut, each slab is run through a polishing machine to bring out the stones’ true coloring and shine.

 

These final slabs are what you’ll see when you visit our showroom or a granite countertop supplier. You’ll be able to see the true beauty and durability of the material while you’re visiting our countertop showroom. Because it’s such a valuable material, granite has been used throughout history, especially for buildings and monuments. 

Most granite stones are sourced from Brazil, India, and Africa, although there are granite quarries worldwide. As a pure, natural stone, granite can withstand more external damage such as scratches and cuts than most countertops. However, it’s slightly less porous than other countertop materials, so it’s essential to get your countertops resealed after enough time has elapsed.

If you love the idea of traditional, timeless countertops in your home, then it’s time to work with a local granite company near you. At Bloomday Granite and Marble, we understand the importance of the granite selection and installation process. If you need granite countertops in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, NC, look no further.

 

Want to see our incredible granite countertop selection before your consultation? Explore our Material Catalog to see the unique slabs Bloomday has to offer.

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Benefits of Granite Countertops

While there is plenty to love about granite countertops, one of the greatest advantages of granite is it’s one of the most durable countertop materials. This long-lasting stone stands up exceptionally well to the usual wear and tear of a busy kitchen because its surface is more resistant to typical scratches and stains than others. Wine, juice, and coffee won’t damage your surface, so long as they are cleaned quickly. Another benefit of granite? It’s also one of the more affordable natural stone options and ranges in price based on the project’s size. While every project is different, our Bloomday Pricing page can provide you with a well-rounded picture of what to expect before your project begins.

Because it’s a natural stone mined from the Earth, and its formation is created by the solidifying of molten materials, no two granite slabs will be exactly alike. Your granite countertop or surface will have its own unique formation of colors, veins, specks, and swirls. Small crystals in the granite can even add subtle plays of light throughout the day as sunlight moves across the surface. 

At Bloomday Granite and Marble, our granite countertop selection is vast. You can select a granite kitchen countertop slab, and pick a completely different one for your granite bathroom countertop.

If you’re looking for the best way to transform the look of your kitchen and increase the value of your home, installing granite countertops is the perfect option. The wide range of colors makes it easy to find something to suit your tastes, and the durable material is versatile enough to support any design elements.

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How to Select the Right Granite Countertops


If you’ve been browsing for granite countertops near you, and aren’t sure what kind of granite countertop slab will suit your space, our expert designers are here to help. We understand that selecting your countertops is a big commitment. That’s why we’d like to help you choose the right countertop material for your space as you begin browsing through granite countertop slabs. 

Before you pick your dream countertop material, we recommend completing the following:

  • Evaluate the Space
    • Every space is different. With that in mind, think about what granite colors and patterns fit the area. A smaller space means an intricate granite bathroom countertop will look amazing, but the same slab might not be the best granite kitchen countertop. You’ll also need to consider the right countertop overhang style.
  • First Impressions Count
    • If you’re drawn to one or two slabs, in particular, they will likely be the ones you end up choosing from. While it’s great to explore your options, looking at too many choices can be overwhelming.
  • Correlate Colors
    • When browsing for a slab, think about what colors are currently in your space. Select hues and designs that enhance your granite countertop slabs, and decide whether or not you want your countertops to be the eye-catching part of your area.
  • Consider Long Term Value
    • Bold design choices might seem exciting, but they don’t always end well in the long-term. If you plan on selling your house soon, pick a pattern that complements any color scheme or design choices. Something too flashy might not be popular among potential buyers.
  • Find the Right Granite Company
    • As you shop for your granite countertop slab, consider who you want to work with as your countertop installers. At Bloomday, we understand that each granite slab is more than a countertop or backsplash – it’s a piece of your home. That’s why we take the utmost care when installing your countertops.

 

As a local granite company near you, Bloomday Granite and Marble is here to support you every step of the way. If you’re ready to work with countertop professionals who care, read more about The Bloomday Difference.

The Granite Countertop Installation Process

After you know what style, color, and pattern of granite countertop you’d like, it’s time to move forward with the installation. As a professional granite company near you, our team of experts is fully equipped to consult, measure, and install the countertops of your choice. However, before we can begin your project, it’s essential to prepare for granite countertop installation

  • Countertop Consultation  
    • The countertop consultation is the initial step in the installation process, where one of our designers will meet with you to discuss your granite countertop ideas and upcoming project.
    • The consultation is an excellent opportunity to inform our team about the project’s size, space, and initial scope. Any photos, design ideas, and countertop measurements you bring give us a better idea of what to expect moving forward.
  • Select Your Countertop Material 
    • Once we’ve discussed your project, space, and potential design ideas, we’ll move forward with your countertop selection. Keep in mind that our showroom floor only showcases some of our fantastic granite countertops. More can be found at our local suppliers, and we encourage our customers to visit them to view more of our selection!
  • Countertop Template 
    • The most critical step before installing your granite countertops is taking a template of your countertops! Our precise laser template gives us the most accurate measurements of your current space so that we can ensure the best assessment possible.

 

Our team will be in touch at every phase of the installation process, so you know exactly what to expect. We realize that the countertop installation process can seem daunting, but with our team of experts at your side, your project will run smoothly from start to finish. For an in-depth look at what to expect during granite countertop installation, review our Bloomday Granite & Marble Process: Countertop Installation & Selection.

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How to Care and Clean Granite Countertops


Overall, it’s relatively easy to clean and maintain granite countertops. When properly sealed, your granite countertops will be resistant to stains and bacteria, but potent or acidic substances can stain or etch the surface if left for too long. Granite is considerably more porous than quartz countertops, so be sure to schedule a countertop sealant every few years to keep your surface looking brand new.

If you happen to knock over a cup of coffee or your kid’s spill juice on your granite countertops, it’s best to use warm water and mild soap to clean the surface and avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives. Do not use ammonia-based products, bleach, or vinegar. These products will make your granite countertop’s natural shine start to dull and make the sealant less effective. If something is particularly stubborn on your countertop, just scrub a little harder with your sponge or cloth.

Every granite countertop is sealed with our DRY Treat 15-year sealer after installation to help preserve their appearance. We understand that selecting your granite countertops is an important decision, which is why our team will go over the properties of your granite countertops with you and address any concerns you may have so you can make an informed decision. We can’t wait to work with you, so schedule an appointment today!

Please Note: Samples of material may not match the final slab. When slabs arrive, we give customers the option to view and approve the material before anything is fabricated. This allows you the chance to see the patterns and variations within the slab.

 

If you’re ready to install granite countertops in Winston Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Bloomday Granite and Marble.

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