Charlotte’s premier granite countertops store
For the past 20 years, PRO-TOPS has fabricated and installed beautiful granite countertops in homes and businesses across the Charlotte region. The slabs from which we fabricate our granite countertops are imported from quarries located all around the world including South America, Western Europe Africa, Asia, and Indonesia. We inventory hundreds of granite slabs at our Metro Charlotte location and thousands more are available through our preferred distributors. We offer over 50 granite colors, from Level 1 to Level 3 in our 30,000 square feet granite yard. How to select a granite slab for your kitchen.
Granite is an igneous rock that is formed underground by the cooling of magma. The stone is found in locations called quarries, where specialized cranes and high-capacity extractors are used to mine the granite from its natural locations. The pieces that are mined are called slabs, and are placed on trucks to be transported to fabricators to be sized and cut for residential and commercial use. Because granite is so durable and hard, the only material that is strong enough to cut through it is a diamond blade with water to ensure a clean cut through the granite without cracking or breaking it. Diamond pads are used to polish the stone, giving it a glossy appearance and bringing out the vibrancy of its colors.
Each and every granite slabs that come through our Charlotte fabrication floor are thoroughly inspected for defects to ensure that our customers only get the best quality granite countertops possible. The slabs we receive are polished only on one side and the edges are unfinished, so we cut and polish each countertop to order before installation. Our fabricators can alter the finish of the granite counter top if you want a matte or leather finish. In addition, there are many edge profiles available with the most common being eased, beveled, and bullnose edges. 4 tips to help you select an edge profile for your countertops.
Granite countertops – still a popular choice for kitchens
With so many colors to choose from, it’s easy to match granite countertops with other kitchen elements such as kitchen cabinets, floors and wall colors. Each slab’s uniqueness and beauty are due to variations in shade, texture, pitting and coloring, giving granite countertops a one-of-a-kind look. Granite countertops, along with quartz countertops, are the most popular type of materials for kitchen countertops.
There are literally hundreds of colors to choose from. Two of the most popular granite countertop colors are Uba Tuba and Santa Cecilia.
Quarried in Brazil, Uba Tuba granite has a black background with flecks and speckles of green, gold and gray. This stone varies in different lighting conditions: on sunny days or bright lighting, the highly reflective flecks allow you to view the extent of all the colors in the stone, in darker lighting the stone appears a very dark green, almost black. The unexpected dimension in this stone makes it truly unique. It can be paired with white cabinets for a classic contrast or dark cabinets for a deep, rich design environment.
Quarried in Brazil, Santa Cecilia granite has a beige background with a consistent speckled pattern that includes dark grey, burgundy, and brown veins. It is very abundant and therefore more affordable. Homeowners who select this color do so because it compliments both light and dark cabinetry very well. It has a neutral base with a little flair that has a subtle exotic feel, allowing for it to make a seamless statement in a kitchen or bathroom without being overbearing or monotonous.
A few things to consider about granite countertops
Granite is a natural stone. As such, a granite slab may have variations in colors and shading, from lighter to darker tones – that’s what makes the granite countertops you choose so unique. When selecting your granite slab from which your countertop will be fabricated, you should discuss with PRO-TOPS which part of the granite slab will be used in fabricating your countertops.
TIP: if you plan to have more than one counter top fabricated for your kitchen or bathroom(s) and would like to have the same shading and markings on all your granite countertops, you may want to consider having them fabricated at the same time since there can be significant shading variations from one granite slab to the other. Talk to PRO-TOPS today about your kitchen and bathroom remodeling project so we can advise you on the best course of action for your project.
Granite slabs make for beautiful granite countertops as a finished product, but keep in mind that slabs can have spots or veins. Occasionally, when a light is shining on it, the surface might show dull spots that cannot be polished nor buffed. It’s simply the nature of the natural stone.
All the granite countertops PRO-TOPS installs are sealed during the installation process. PRO-TOPS covers kitchen and vanity tops with a special film only to be removed by the installers.
Granite countertops levels
A common misconception about granite countertop levels is that they designate levels of quality. That’s not the case. All natural granite slabs, no matter what level they are, have the same inherent quality. What granite countertop levels do indicate is how readily available and abundant a type of granite is.
PRO-TOPS and the granite industry classify granite in three levels: Level I granite includes the most common colors. Level III granite includes stones colors that are rare and exotic. Lower levels of stone are often uniform and consistent, while higher levels have more irregular patterns, also called “movement”. Even though granite slabs may be classified as the same color, there might be a variance in tint, and certain colors are more prevalent in one slab over the other, even though, technically, they are of the same color. Granite countertop levels I and II are more affordable. Level III granite countertops are more expensive because they are rarer.
Some fabricators classify granite colors under particular different granite countertops levels, depending on where they purchase their slabs. Not all colors are available in all parts of the world, and what is easily accessible for one fabricator may be the opposite for another. Below are samples of the different granite countertop levels and colors PRO-TOPS offers to the Charlotte market. Please refer to our granite quarries world map to see the origin of each type of granite.
If you live in the Charlotte area and are planning to have granite countertops installed in your home or business, we would love to hear about your project and provide you with a quote to have us do the work. Give us a call today at (704) 821-3731 or fill out the contact form below to get started.