Granite countertops are a good choice for your kitchen. These countertops are beautiful and durable. Plus, you have your choice when it comes to the color of the stone and swirl patterns. To make sure you get the look you want, you can pick out the slab of granite and have it cut to fit your kitchen. Here's the process of getting granite ready for use on a kitchen countertop.

Massive Granite Chunks Are Mined From A Quarry

Granite is a natural product that's cut from the earth. It's blasted out of place with small explosives, and the big chunks created are sent to a fabrication facility that slices the chunk of granite into slabs. There are some granite quarries in the United States, but a lot of granite is imported from other countries too. The granite may travel from a quarry in one country to a fabrication facility in another country before it reaches the United States for final processing and sale as countertop material.

The Granite Slabs Are Polished

If you ever tumbled and polished rocks as a kid, you know how the polishing process transforms a cloudy, plain rock into one with beautiful shine and color. The same process works with granite slabs. These aren't tumbled, but they're sent through polishing machines that give the slabs a deep luster that brings out the beautiful color swirls in granite. The slabs may be polished initially at the same fabrication facility that slices the slabs, and then it may be polished again at the point-of-sale fabricator.

You Choose Your Slab

When you buy granite countertops, you choose a slab of unfinished granite so you get the look you like. You might want granite that's earth-colored with large dark swirls, or you might prefer more subtle markings. Granite varies in appearance since the veins run through the stone randomly. Once you choose the slab you want, the contractor measures your kitchen counters and then marks the measurements on the slab. This lets you see exactly how the veins and swirls will look when the slab is positioned on your counters and kitchen island.

Granite can be cut in any shape, so if you have a curved countertop, the fabricator can meet your needs. Since granite starts out as a big slab, it's often possible to avoid the need for seams and joining sections of granite together. The end result is a smooth, hygienic surface for preparing food that adds natural beauty to your kitchen.