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Natural stone is a product of nature and encompasses many types of countertop materials including granite, marble and soapstone. Quarried from the earth, each piece of granite, marble and other natural stone countertops has its own unique visual appearance. Along with one-of-a-kind beauty and distinct character, natural stones like granite, marble and soapstone offer varying levels of inherent durability and can be used in many applications from kitchen countertops to wall cladding. If you are looking for granite, marble or soapstone countertops in Colorado stop by our showroom located south of Denver to view our selection of natural stone in person!

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For many reasons, natural stone countertops such as granite continue to be the surface of choice for homeowners remodeling their kitchens and bathrooms. The durability and elegant appearance of granite countertops make it a top contender year after year.

Below are frequently asked questions about granite countertops:

What is the difference between marble and granite?

Although both granite and marble are quarried from the earth, these natural stones are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures creating a very hard and resistant stone. Marble is formed at the bottom of bodies of water and because its main component is calcium it creates a soft stone which can be affected by acids such as vinegar or citrus.

Do all granite countertops need to be sealed?

Although granite is the hardest stone known to man, its porosity can vary from slab to slab. You can easily check if you granite countertops need to be sealed by pouring a little water on the countertop. If it sits there for 30 minutes, the granite countertop does not need to be sealed. If it absorbs rapidly, the granite countertop should be sealed.

Can I cut on granite countertops or put hot pots on the surface?

Granite is one of the hardest countertop materials and will not be affected by knives or typical kitchen heat. That being said, if you do decide to cut directly on granite then you can expect to have dull knives after only a few uses. Hot pots can be set directly on granite, but be aware that the granite will absorb the heat and be hot to the touch after the pot is removed from the surface. We always recommend using a cutting board or trivet to protect your granite countertops.

Are granite countertops durable enough for outdoor use?

Granite countertops are a top choice for all-around ease-of-use, maintenance, color choices and unmatched durability for outdoor kitchen countertops. Granite can handle the weather as well as the barbecue recipes, food, drinks and fun of outdoor dining and entertaining.

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