There’s a reason why granite is so well known and widely used. It’s basically bulletproof. Walk around any city in the world, and you are likely to see granite used in building stone, monuments, landscaping, and even curbing. Step inside many kitchens and baths, and you’ll see even more granite. Granite is a trouble-free and easygoing choice, with enough variations in color and pattern to complement almost any aesthetic.
As with most stones, there are a few caveats when designing with and using this durable stone.
Some light-colored granites and granulites can be porous, which means they can stain. A basic test for porosity is to put a splash of water on the stone. If the water beads up and remains in a bead, the stone does not need sealing. If the water eventually soaks in and leaves a darker area, the stone needs to be sealed.
Black granites have the opposite problem. They are so dense that sealers can create a cloudy finish. Moreover, some dark granites can become spotted by the minerals in tap water. As with any purchase of any natural stone, learn as much as you can about the stones you’re considering. Ask for samples to bring home and test for staining and overall durability. Work with reputable fabricators that have experience with the particular stone you’re planning on using.
Despite its slightly confusing name, it’s worth getting to know the many shades of granite. As Juliet said to Romeo, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” We know that granite, by whatever name you like to call it, is just as awesome.