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After discussing your needs, Sierra Remodeling frequently includes granite countertops as the recommended surface solution in your kitchen and bath design. After many years, granite remains one of the most popular countertop choices today since it is beautiful, natural, eco friendly, strong and durable and forever lasting when taken care of properly.

We have included a Granite Countertops Guide below. This guide explores all facets of granite surfaces and, it will help you decide if it is the right material for you and your family.

We are here to help! Give us a call at (520) 459-3164 and schedule a visit to our showroom floor. We are located at 1840 S. Highway 92 in Sierra Vista, Arizona!


Granite Countertops Guide

Sierra Remodeling designs beautiful kitchens with granite countertops!
Granite countertops are gorgeous. To paraphrase legendary car guy Lee Iacocca, if you can find a prettier countertop, buy it! Their classic elegance exudes distinction in the kitchen and bathroom, and matched with outstanding durability, the granite countertops you select might be the last countertops your home will ever need.

What You Should Know About Granite Countertops

Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large igneous stone deposits found around the world. It begins as molten magma that flows into other rock structures and cools slowly. The stone is naturally quite rough and textured, but when it is ground and polished during the countertop manufacturing process, it takes on a smooth surface with rich luster.

Granite is comprised of many different minerals that give each countertop slab a unique and attractive appearance. For example, granite high in feldspar will have rich red or pink highlights. Mica produces brown or black veining while quartz gives pink, white or black hues to the stone.

The variations throughout the stone are considered desirable since they give the slab character and differentiate it from others. For this reason, it is important to select slabs quarried from the same stone to ensure that the color and amount of veining are similar.

When you go shopping for granite countertops, you’ll find a range of colors and “looks” to choose from, and matching the right shade and stone appearance to your design scheme is part of the fun.

Beautiful granite countertops in a luxury kitchen.

Granite Countertops Pros and Cons

A very unusual red granite island adorns this modern designer kitchen on top of beautiful slate brown tiles
There are many alluring reasons to choose granite countertops, and a few cautions. However, the advantages of granite countertops far outweigh the disadvantages. Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of granite countertops.

Granite Countertop Advantages:

  • Among the most beautiful countertop materials
  • Accentuate the good looks of quality kitchen cabinets
  • Natural stone for those who want an eco friendly countertop
  • Excellent strength and durability
  • Resistant to scratches and damage from heat such as pans or hot hair tools
  • Good stain resistance and easy to clean
  • Increases the value and aesthetics of your home

Granite Countertop Disadvantages:

  • Sealing of this porous stone must be maintained. (The good news is that granite countertops are now sealed at the factory with a finish that will last at least 5 years to 15 years or more. Resealing is affordable and easy to accomplish.)
  • There are about 20 different colors varieties of granite while other materials are available in 100+ colors and patterns
  • Corners could chip if a heavy object falls on them

Granite Countertops Cleaning, Care and Repair

Well-maintained granite countertops will look fantastic indefinitely. The keys are regular cleaning with products formulated for granite and resealing the stone on schedule.

Granite countertop cleaning and care:

  • Use a damp sponge or cloth to clean minor spills and loosen dirt
  • Avoid generic cleaners; Use only cleaning products formulated for use on granite countertops
  • Use a stain remover pouch (formulated for use on granite) if stains occur
  • As a precaution, use a hot pad or trivet under very hot pots or pans when placing them on the countertops
  • Use a cutting board to prevent the sealer from being harmed by a sharp knife
  • Place a plate or tray beneath liquid soap dispensers that leak
Kitchen in southwestern home with cherry wood cabinetry, large island, granite countertops and backsplashes, stainless steel appliances including gas stove with stainless vent hood and hardwood flooring

Are Granite Countertops Right for Your Home?

Cooking side of newly remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, striking cabinets, modern vent hood and six-burner gas stove and pot filler with large island. Sierra Remodeling loves to design your new kitchen!
Here is a list of questions to that will help you think through whether or not granite is the right material for your home.

  • Is the higher cost of granite countertops in your budget? While you can save money on cheaper grades of granite and inexperienced labor, most experts recommend using quality materials and a skilled installer with excellent experience. In both cases, you get what you pay for.
  • How long do you plan to live in your current home? The longer you’re there, the better value granite becomes. With proper care, they’ll look and perform great while you’d be replacing cheaper countertops every 5 to 15 years.
  • Is it important to you to use materials in your home that are environmentally friendly? Granite is an excellent choice because it is a natural material that requires less energy and the use of no harmful products to manufacture.
  • Do you value elegant beauty? If you enjoy maintaining quality products rather than using and replacing items that aren’t as durable, then granite countertops will be a long-lasting pleasure.

We are here to help! Give us a call at (520) 459-3164 and schedule a visit to our showroom floor. We are located at 1840 S. Highway 92 in Sierra Vista, Arizona!


[Patio extension] [Room addition]

I am writing to let you know how much we enjoyed working with your employee, Scott Miller, during the planning and construction of our recent screened-in, extended patio project at our home in Winterhaven at Country Club Estates here in Sierra Vista.

From the time of our first meeting, Scott represented your firm with the utmost of professionalism, competency, and congeniality. Before selecting a contractor, my husband and I researched and interviewed six contestant firms. Scott had me at our first meeting.

He arrived at the appointed time (which we requested after our work hours, AND his), and had done his homework. He enthusiastically participated in the design of our extension, and offered suggestions that we hadn’t even considered. We had some special circumstances in that we had purchased a hot tub and had to increase the height of the structure (and the size of the planned doors) in order to accommodate the possible removal of the tub in the future. Scott’s response to that obstacle was, as always: “No problem, we can do it.” And he did! His drawings were FAR and above what any of the other contractors were able to develop, and once again, his competency and demeanor won us over. While you may consider his actions just “part of his job,” we certainly believe that he went over and above the demands of that job.

During the project, Scott kept us informed every day of developments, and listened attentively and patiently to questions and requests at all times. All City forms were submitted correctly and approved promptly, and he presented us with a complete package that satisfied the stringent Winterhaven Homeowners Association requirements with NO modification, allowing the schedule to be met.

Scott coordinated the services of all the required personnel expertly, including the men who poured cement for the foundation, the framers, the carpenters, the electrician, the drywall and stucco personnel, and the painters. He saw to it that all inspections were conducted (and passed) routinely. He got down on his hands and knees on a Saturday morning to help us design a tile pattern that would disguise the fact that we were not able to match our old tile. And, as my husband remarked to me on more than one occasion: Scott never failed to have something done when he said it would be, and he always had a can-do attitude. We’ve worked with quite a few contractors here in Sierra Vista, and I must tell you that the interest Scott showed in getting our project completed on time and to desired specifications is HARD TO FIND in the general population.

As you know, at the end of the day, of primary importance is the success of the project, measured by the satisfaction of the client. I can assure you that Scott’s project – which he designed and saw through to completion — turned out to be all and MORE than we expected. We are completely pleased with our new addition, and will enjoy it for many years to come. Furthermoe, I will be extolling to everyone I know how well your firm, and especially Scott, performed for us, including a testimonial on the Winterhaven website where, from time to time, our neighbors request information about contractors for home improvement projects.

Please extend our best wishes and thanks to Scott for his services, if you will. It was a pleasure doing business with your firm, and when we are ready to start another home project, we’ll call you first!

Respectfully,

Karen C. in Sierra Vista, Arizona

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