Minneapolis Granite Counters

by Matt Goering

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Granite isn't a stranger to the great state of Minnesota. Two hours west of the Twin Cities sits the town of Granite Falls, where a little digging around will turn up a host of granite mines as well as pyramid shaped granitic gneiss outcroppings that rise out of the Glacial River Warren Valley. While there's no guarantee your granite countertops come from locally quarried stone (granite is shipped in from quarries all over the world), one thing is certain: Minneapolis granite counter tops are hands down one of the most beautiful, durable, and long lasting countertops to be found in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Cost of Minneapolis Granite Counters
It's no secret that solid slab granite counters in Minneapolis aren't cheap. In fact, granite counter tops in Minneapolis are about as expensive as countertops can get, with costs varying depending on the quality of the stone you purchase, the size of your kitchen or bath, and how intricate you detail your stone. That being said, based on information that HomeAdvisor has gleaned from the thousands of service requests we provide Twin Cities homeowners each year, the data indicates that granite counters in Minneapolis-St. Paul can run anywhere between $2,000 and $12,000, with an average cost of about $5,300 per job.

The Benefits of Minneapolis Granite Counters
What makes granite so well-suited for use as a countertop material? It's a complicated geologic recipe that involves slow cooling magma, the crushing pressure of the earth's crust, and a few hundred million years in the oven (at least). The result is one of the densest, most beautiful stones known to man, both qualities that homeowners across the Twin Cities are looking for when it comes to countertops. Here are a few reasons why granite wins the blue ribbon just about every year when it comes to countertops in Minneapolis.

  • Durability—The high density of granite is a huge plus when it comes to countertops. Granite is virtually scratch and stain-proof, and it's naturally resistant to hot pots and pans. It also provides one of the smoothest surfaces around when polished, which ranks it right up there as one of the most sanitary and easy to clean countertops, as well.

  • Beauty—Durability is a huge selling point, but it's the looks of granite counters in Minneapolis that gets noticed. Granite comes in a range of colors, including white, gray, brown, black, red, green, and yellow. Furthermore, each individual slab of granite is a stone of its own, sporting unique textures, graining, veins, and even subsurface crystalline structures.

  • Selection—If you install solid slab granite counter tops, your contractor should let you select your own slab before it's cut into a countertop for your kitchen or bath. That means you'll be hand picking the perfect piece of stone for your Twin Cities home.

    Maintaining Minneapolis Granite Counters
    For the most part, maintaining granite counter tops is limited to wiping them down every once in a while. In fact, the term "maintenance free" is thrown around quite a bit with granite countertop materials, and the only thing you really need to worry about is spilling highly acidic liquids on your granite counters, such as citrus juices, vinegar, and wine. If you wipe up these spills right away, you'll never have a problem. Let them sit for a while, however, and they can etch the stone. That's why many installers will recommend that you apply a sealer to your new granite countertops. It's not required, but it does provide your substantial investment with a little extra protection when it's needed.

    Minneapolis Granite Counters: Installation
    Installing solid slab granite counters isn't an easy task. First of all, specialized tools are needed that aren't available to your average Joe in order to cut a piece of granite down to size. After that, the heavy weight of solid slabs of granite makes it necessary to have a strong crew in place when it's time for installation. Talking to a contractor who has experience working with solid slab countertops is your best bet if you think granite countertops are the right match for your Twin Cities-area home.

    Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.