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Our granite countertops are made with the highest quality granite then engineered into strong, beautiful surfaces at our very own manufacturing facility in Redmond Oregon.

Central Oregon Custom Countertop Professionals

Central Oregon Custom Countertop Professionals

Granite Countertops in Bend Oregon

Granite is a popular choice in Central Oregon due to its durability and unique, natural beauty. Our fabricators and project managers are available for consultation to help you choose the right product. Whether you’re looking to improve your kitchen, bathroom, or other living space, you’ll find the best granite countertops for your home.

Many homeowners choose granite for the rich, unmistakable elegance if offers as a natural building product. There are many options for color and texture to take your home renovation project to the next level. Because it’s an extremely hard material, granite is suitable in many different applications: It resists scratches and stains, and can withstand normal wear and tear with proper sealing and maintenance. Granite is also heat tolerant, suitable for installation near a range or cooktop, or in a bathroom where high-heat hair tools may be present.

Granite may not be the right fit if you prefer a uniform look in your home, as each slab of this material brings unique shading and striations. Cost may also be prohibitive for some home renovation budgets, as granite is among the most expensive building products. While it granite is strong, it’s also porous. Granite requires sealing upon installation and regular re-sealing to protect against stains and prevent it from harboring bacteria.

Southward Contracting can help you decide if granite is the right choice for you.  Contact us to discuss your countertop options.

Granite Countertops FAQ

What’s the difference between granite, marble, and quartz?2020-12-25T10:42:19-08:00

Granite and Marble are 100% natural stone quarried from the earth, while Quartz is a synthetic man-made material made to mimic natural stone.

Granite and Marble have similarities, they come in many colors, each slab being unique. They are both durable, resistant to heat, scratches, and stains, they also have many differences. Granite and Marble are both relatively easy to maintain, they should both be sealed during the fabrication process prior to customer installation.

Granite and marble also have many differences. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures. It is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family (limestone, travertine, marble, and onyx) start out as sediment. They are animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt, at the bottom of bodies of water. This solidifies into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus. When it comes to care and maintenance, Marble is not quite as tough as Granite and Quartz as it is a porous material and is more susceptible to stains, chips, and scratches.

Quartz, being a man-made product, has, in most cases, a uniform appearance in comparison to granite or marble. Quartz countertops are engineered from approximately 93% natural quartz, blended with advanced polymer resins and colorfast pigments to create an elegant, durable work surface. In a quartz countertop you may have small pieces of quartz, granite, and even recycled mirror particles or colored glass. These materials are all mixed together with the resin, poured into a large block mold. Vacuums and Vibration help to press out the air, then the quartz blocks are “baked” in a special process using heat and pressure. Once the quartz block is baked, it is loaded into a gangsaw to be sliced, you can liken this to a bread slicer slicing a loaf of bread.

Then the slabs are polished on one face and prepared for shipment. Once at the stone fabricator, the quartz slabs can be finished with any custom countertop edge, based on customer preference. Quartz countertops come standard in a polished finished, and can be customized with a honed finish as well. Additionally, some quartz manufacturers offer a leathered finish for some colors.

What do I need to consider when buying marble or granite?2020-12-25T10:38:22-08:00

Being natural stones, marble and granite have been blessed with remarkable characteristics that have captivated humans throughout the ages. Inherent in such natural products is a certain lack of predictability that architects and designers celebrate.

Homeowners who are less acquainted with the material expect the stone ordered to be identical to a picture or sample they were shown. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample.

Moreover, even a single marble or granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other.

Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces.

How do I care for granite countertops?2020-12-25T09:59:43-08:00

Granite will last for years with proper cleaning and maintenance. Make sure to blot spills right away to ensure acidic substances, like wine or coffee, don’t stain the surface. Use a sponge or soft cloth and hot water for quick cleanups, and a natural granite cleaner to protect the sealed surface. Use coasters under glasses and cups to minimize possible temporary water rings. Generally, hot pads are not required with most natural stone tops.

Can I cut on my granite countertop?2020-12-25T09:12:28-08:00

Yes. However, granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them quickly, if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Also, if you do not seal your countertop as required (at least once a year; every 90 days for heavy usage), you could potentially stain them. Never chop on your countertop. While it is unlikely you will damage your granite countertops, it is possible. It′s a reliable routine to always chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.

What is honed granite?2020-12-25T09:11:28-08:00

Strictly speaking, granite is called “honed” when the polishing process is halted just before a reflective shiny surface is achieved. This gives a softer, matte appearance to the stone.

What is flamed granite?2020-12-25T09:10:36-08:00

Granite is flamed by applying blowtorch-strength heat to the surface of the stone. This causes the surface to melt and some of the crystals to shatter, leaving a highly textured surface which is ideal for exterior paving or wet areas for non-slipperiness.

Can granite countertops be damaged?2020-12-25T09:09:29-08:00

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite countertops. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed, granite countertops can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite countertops under normal circumstances.

What is granite and what is it usually used for?2020-12-25T09:07:25-08:00

The term “granite” is used to cover a group of related stones, all of which have their origin deep in the earth′s molten mantle. As this extremely hot liquid material rises and cools, it forms a crystalline, granular structure, hence the term granite. Granite and other granite-like stones are formed of very hard minerals such as quarts, feldspar and mica, which are fused together into a very hard stone ideal for kitchen countertops because its polish is resistant to acids such as citrus and vinegar and is hard for resisting scratching from knives, pots and pans.

Granite is commonly used for countertops as well as for floor tiles, wall tiles, other surfaces such as fireplaces, columns, balustrades, water tables, steps, thresholds & windowsills. It′s much harder then marble and can be used for anything in your home or business.

Today′s designers choose granite as the ultimate custom countertop material. Every home magazine features natural stone over other plastic or artificial products. And thanks to our improved fabrication processes, natural stone is also priced competitively with other solid surface alternatives.

Contact us to find out how granite countertops and natural stones in general can enhance your home.

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Quartz Countertops

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Porcelain countertops are made from non-porous ceramic clay that contains various minerals and baked at extremely high temperatures, producing a durable countertop material.

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