Granite has been widely used as kitchen countertop material for a long time and it has certainly been matching up to homeowners’ expectations. Its exquisite look and sturdy structure stir a sense of security and pride. However, do you have any idea how your granite countertop ended up being the resilient and elegant-looking material it is today?

Like many other rocks and minerals being excavated in quarry sites, granite is a naturally occurring material. It’s found deep in the Earth’s crust, formed by cooled magma that had been flowing back and forth into the crust for thousands of years. The cooling stage allows the granite to achieve its resilience and durability.

Granite contains quarts and feldspar, which give it a light shade and different patterns. The color these elements produce range from pink to white, while others are dark-colored. They can form thousands of combinations that allow for a wide selection of styles that homeowners can choose from. Unlike other materials, it’s easy to find a granite countertop that perfectly matches their kitchen due to the multitudes of selections.

The smooth or glazed surface of granite, however, is not natural but a product of finishing. There are many ways to give granite a marketable finish, including, polishing, honing, and flaming. Each results in a different texture or appearance that make granite countertops perfect for almost any type of kitchen design.