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Getting to Know Granite

Topic Points

  • Understanding the basics.
  • Where should I use granite in my home?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Cleaning and caring for your granite.
  • CTA: schedule a free consultation, measurement and estimate.

Understanding the Basics

Granite is extremely hard, durable and is resistant to damage and scratches. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Granite is a naturally occurring stone classified as an igneous rock, formed by the cooling and solidifying of molten materials. One of the hardest, natural materials on earth. It’s durability makes it great for countertops and vanities.

Granite Finishes

When picking out the color of your stone, you will also chose its finish. There are three types of finishes that are the most common in the stone industry. Your finish will change the overall look of your stone. 

  • Polished: smooth, shiny, reflective, mirror like surface that draws out the color of the stone
  • Honed: smooth, non-shiny or reflective, cuts down on glare, can be described as a buffed or matte finish
  • Leathered: textured surface, non-reflective

Where should granite be used in my home?

Because of Granite’s durability, it can be placed anywhere in the home. One of its most common placement is the kitchen. Below are a list of areas in your home that granite could be used.

Granite Uses

  • kitchens
  • vanity tops
  • wet bars
  • fireplace surrounds & fireplace hearth
  • backsplashes
  • countertops
  • bathrooms
  • outdoor areas
  • furniture pieces

What are the Benefits?

There are many benefits to choosing granite over another stone for your home. The main point is it’s durability and the hardness of the stone. You can count on your granite piece lasting longer than you stay in your home. Another benefit? It’s all natural! This natural stone evokes colors, movement and uniqueness that no other man-made product can give you. It is extracted directly from the earth, cut and polished with no added materials. No piece will ever match another exactly. It also prevents bacteria and germs from building up overtime because it is a natural stone that does not have any grooves or pits.

Cleaning and Caring for your Granite

Caring and cleaning your granite is extremely easy. No mess, no fuss! Be sure to inquire about the sealer that is put on your granite when installed as well as if your granite supplier has a specific cleaner they like to use.


Sealing your granite helps repel stains and resist cloudiness or scratches. Sealing is typically done every 12-18 months. Coastal Countertops & Tile’s lifetime sealer has a 15 year guarantee.

Daily Granite Care

  • keep granite as dry as possible
  • wipe off counters with stone soap, Clorox wipes, pH neutral cleaners
  • NO harsh cleaners
  • NO abrasive substances
  • NO vinegar or lemon juice based cleaners

Heard enough and ready to pick out a beautiful piece of granite for your home? Call Coastal Countertops & Tile to set up your appointment today! We offer free consultations, estimates and will even come to your home to take measurements. We offer different levels of granite choices starting as low as $45/square foot as well as custom orders. If you don’t see what you like in our slab yard, we will contact each of our in state and out of state suppliers and find exactly what you are looking for.