Countertop Choices Series – Sorting Through Granite and Wood Counter Top Choices

With manufacturing technology constantly developing and improving, countertop choices have exploded in recent years, often creating confusion for the consumer. The sheer number of materials available — even for modest remodeling projects — can be overwhelming to take in all at once. This is the 1st installment of our Countertop Choices series examining granite and wood countertops.

Granite and Natural Stone Countertops

Natural stones provide the most unique countertop materials as each piece boasts patterns and colors that aren’t found in man-made materials. Most granite is hard and durable — but not indestructible, as it can chip, scratch and stain. Penetrating sealers help in preserving the counter when first installed, although users will still want to exert care with oils and acids (think oil and vinegar). Oils can stain deeply and acids can etch the surface. Typically, granite is used for kitchen applications because it is harder than marble, limestone, and travertine, which are more commonly used in bathrooms.

Polished Granite

Highly reflective and mirror-like traditional granite.

Granite With a Honed Finish

With a honed finish, the polishing process ends before buffing to create a matte or low-gloss sheen that lacks the highly reflective, mirror-like look of traditional granite. This softer honed finish is particularly popular among clients wanting an aged or casual look. Keep in mind that it is, contrary to what you may think, actually more absorbent than polished and requires more effort to keep clean as it is susceptible to finger prints and watermarks. Also without a light reflecting glossy finish to distract the eye, the natural imperfections of granite are more visible with a honed finish.

Granite With a Brushed Finish

To create a brushed finish, manufacturers gently brush the granite’s surface until it becomes textured and appears worn-in. Because of the brushing process, granite countertops with this finish are more porous in comparison to glossy polished granite. And the color will become a bit diluted, as happens with the honing process also.

Wood Countertops

Best used as accent pieces outside of the work area, wood can provide a wonderful texture and color contrast. Of course, you may choose to install a butcher block counter as a good workhorse if you are OK with the inevitable cut and patina surface that results. There are many sources of reclaimed wood including storm damaged trees, sinker logs, old beams, old barn wood, etc., and lesser known species such as madrone. All make stunning one-of-a-kind counters.

Next up… Quartz, Quartzite, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Laminate Countertops, and more…

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Countertop Choices Series

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