Mined from around the world, large blocks of granite are cut into varying sized slabs that are then polished. Granite is a popular choice for countertops due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns.
Granite is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. One downside to this material is that it must be resealed periodically. While it is a widely-used surface material for kitchens and baths, some more rare color varieties may be considered high-end and come with a heftier price tag.
Top Granite Colors
NSMotif carries a large inventory of unique and beautiful granite. These are just a handful of the granite colors we carry that are popular among our customers. Please call or come visit our showroom to view the wide selection we have to offer.
Granite Countertop Fabrication And Installation Experts In Sanford, FL
Since the year 2008, NS Motif has been perfecting granite countertops for residential and commercial residences in Sanford, Florida and all of the surrounding cities. Designers and builders have been trusting us with the fabrication, sourcing, and installation of top-quality materials for their projects of varying sizes. Building and maintaining relationships with all of our clients is incredibly important to the NS Motif team. This is the reason why we will always go the extra mile to make it the best experience for you. Our mission is to provide our clients with unmatched quality materials and products, consistency, and top customer support. Our growth and success are directly connected to you and your experience with us.
Revolutionizing Granite Countertops
Ast NS Motif, we thoroughly train our staff to make sure they are able to always assist you and answer all and any questions you may have. You can speak with one of our countertops specialists today by calling(407) 774-0676. We are involved with trade organizations and associations where we have received a great deal of our education and knowledge about the granite industry. We are always up to date on the latest technology and trends because we will never give you less than you deserve! We create a beautiful granite countertop that will bring out the beauty in your home and make it stand out from the rest! The staff at NS Motif is committed to proving you with exceptional customer support as this is the most important element as our business continues to evolve. Check out our granite countertop pictures from our gallery.
How Is Granite Formed
Granite was formed many millions of years ago from molten rock that was compressed beneath the Earth’s surface and so granite rock is astonishingly hard & durable. With the very convenient heat resisting qualities of granite, this rock does not blister. It is also very unlikely for it to chip or even scratch. Anytime granite is used as a kitchen countertop, it is one of the better natural stone choices because of the amazing benefits it brings. Granite is not only an aesthetically pleasing rock to look at but it also increases the home value of any residence. Granite rock is made of crystal minerals most commonly quartz and feldspar. Granite is known for being one of a kind and having its very own unique look and this is due to the fact that so many different minerals go into creating the whole. Granite comes in so many different colors and patterns which are a direct result of its unparalleled beauty.
Size Of A Granite Slab
When granite rock is drilled it is both chiseled & blasted out of quarries in really big blocks. Particular milling machinery will then work at cutting the rock into manageable slabs. A granite slab is typically 4- 5 feet or 1.2 – 1.5 meters wide & anywhere between 7 – 9 feet or 2.1 – 2.7 meters long. Different machines will then polish the slabs into a uniform thickness which is normally around 3 quarters of an entire inch to just about 1 1/2 in. or 2 – 3 cm. Special tools are needed anytime you are turning raw granite into a countertop. Granite countertops can be customized then installed professionally by NS Motif specialists. Granite rock is available in precut & edged countertops. A Kitchen’s design, available precut shapes, and sizes, the seam’s locations are all determining factors in whether you should use precut & edged granite countertops or if you should go with a custom install instead.
How To Cut Granite
Cutting granite is an act that will normally happen at the quarry yet sometimes it will be a task that needs to be done at the installation site. It is important to use the appropriate tools for this as to prevent and avoid serious injuries. When shaping this incredibly heavy rock, you will need to upgrade your household skill saw to one that has a blade made specifically for cutting diamonds. These saws are sold at local home improvement stores and run about $45. Anytime that granite rock is cut our dry, a lot of dust particles are generated. You can use a radial saw that is diamond bladed with an attached vacuum to reduce the mess. You can shape the edge in a variety of ways including curved, rounded, beveled, or even flat. It can also be quite challenging to cut granite edges and make them perfectly match each other. You can seek professional help from NS Motif to help cut the edges just the way you like without worrying about precision.
Granite Countertop Installation
The process of fabricating and installing granite countertops yourself is labor-intensive that needs meticulous skill and measuring. You can check out our granite measuring table created by NS Motif. When installing granite countertops in a kitchen you have to pull out the refrigerator and stove then proceed by removing the sink from the already installed countertop. It is much faster and easier to hire a professional granite countertop installation company like NS Motif to do the hard labor while you sit back, drink a glass of lemonade, and relax. Precision during the process of measuring is incredibly important. You could end up making a minor mistake in measuring accurately than have to do it all over again.
Do granite countertops need to be sealed? The answer is no, most of them do not need to be sealed. Sealing does help with dirt and spill resistance that may cause staining and etching. Granite is naturally moisture resistant but it is also porous. Sealing your countertop helps in blocking off liquids from seeping in to the stone. Color liquids such as wine, grape juice, and kool-aid can discolor your granite countertop. In the smaller areas where the sinks, stovetops, and faucets lie, you may want to apply sealant right after the installation is completed but before appliances are added in. We recommend that you invest in sealing your countertops on a yearly basis. Different granite pieces have varying porosities. Certain countertop areas could need to be sealed more frequently than others. Take some water and dribble it on the countertop. Did the water soak? If the answer to this question is yet then you need to seal again. For more related content, be sure to visit our granite blog.
Advantages Of Granite Countertops
- Easy maintenance
- Do not depreciate in value
- Luminous look
- Sanitary – do not have to worry about bacterial contamination
- Formed by pressure and heat – can handle the heat of a pan
- Adds value to your residence
Disadvantages Of Granite
- Last forever and cannot change the color so you would have to rip our the countertops
- Not a good choice if you want a uniform look
- Permanently stained if sealed with pre-existing stain
- Dense and may need additional structural support
- difficult to remove once glued to cabinets
- Granite countertops cost can be pricey