Granite is a popular choice for kitchen
countertops. The stone material is imported from different
regions of the world in large slabs. Countertops are generally
fabricated by a local business who specializes in granite
and stone countertops. They will often perform the installation
While granite counters have lost some
of their luster and demand over the past few years but it
still ranks very high in consumer surveys. Many different
kinds of granite can be found in todays marketplace with a
range of colour and patterns.
Granite is a stone product so it is a very
Granite prices vary depending on quality
and location. In competitive markets one can purchse granite
countertops for as low as $30 per square foot installed. Higher
end granite can cost as much as $300 per square foot.
Granite is a porous material so it does
require annual sealing to ensure protection.
Granite is not a green material as it is
acquired through large mines around the world. Once removed
from the earth it cannot be replaced so it has a very low
renewable factor. Also because of granites hardness it requires
considerable amounts of energy to cut and finish.
There are no specific granite countertop
brands in the marketplace. It is solid through local Kitchen
& Bath dealers and designers. It can be readily found
in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and in most
cities across Canada.