Granite countertops are crafted from granite, a naturally occurring igneous rock known for its strength, durability, and exquisite beauty. Granite is formed through the slow crystallization of magma beneath the Earth's surface and primarily consists of quartz, feldspar, and mica. These mineral components give granite its wide range of colors and intricate patterns. Throughout history, granite has been highly valued for its hardness and resistance to abrasion, making it a preferred material for both construction and decorative purposes. Granite's natural allure is characterized by its speckled appearance and a diverse selection of color options, which span from subtle earth tones to bold and dramatic hues. Each granite slab boasts a unique pattern that can never be exactly replicated.
The process of extracting granite begins at the quarry, where large blocks of this igneous rock are cut from the earth. This extraction process involves various methods, including drilling, jet piercing, and the use of diamond wire saws that make precise cuts to reduce damage to the stone.
Once extracted, these large blocks are then transported to processing plants where they are sliced into slabs using high-precision machinery. The granite slabs are then polished to achieve the desired finish, bringing out the natural colors and patterns of the granite. This meticulous process ensures that each slab retains its unique beauty and structural integrity, ready to be transformed into stunning granite countertops.
While granite countertops offer numerous benefits, there are a few disadvantages to consider. One of the main concerns is their porosity; if granite is not properly sealed, it can absorb liquids, leading to stains and bacterial growth. Additionally, granite's substantial weight requires strong support systems, which might not be suitable for all kitchen designs. The installation process can be complex and typically requires professional handling. In terms of cost, granite tends to be more expensive than synthetic alternatives, making it a higher upfront investment. Lastly, while granite is durable, it can chip or crack under extreme force or if a heavy object is dropped on it.
At MGT, we take pride in crafting exquisite granite countertops that are not just beautiful but also masterfully fashioned to ensure decades of enjoyment. Our mission is simple: to provide Chicago homeowners with granite countertops that elevate both the aesthetics and functionality of their spaces.
Granite, a unique natural stone, has long been celebrated for its timeless beauty and touch of sophistication. When you choose MGT for your granite countertops in Chicago, you're selecting a level of quality and style that stands the test of time.
MGT Stone has hundreds of natural granite slabs in stock to choose from, and we consistently get new, unique stones into our Barrington-based warehouse. We are also able to get more granite colors from our network of local slab distributors. Remnants, which are leftover pieces after slabs have been cut, are a great option for smaller projects. We quote each project individually to ensure the most competitive pricing. Whether you are looking for a dramatic piece with a lot of veining or a more subtle & natural countertop, Marble and Granite Tech has the selection to help find the right fit for your room.
There are many reasons to work with our company for your granite countertop. In addition to our huge selection of popular colors, we also offer the most sophisticated vein matching for your project. Learn more below, and schedule a design consultation today to get an estimate on your granite countertop project. Look at some of our reviews and gallery.
Although the edge style of your granite countertop may seem like a small detail to the overall surface, at MGT we understand that the right countertop edge can pull a room together. An edge can highlight the shape of cabinetry in your kitchen or provide a popular cottage-chic feel to your space. From a sleek, modern beveled countertop to a premium fancy ogee edge, we offer a full range of edge options to bring your space together.
Our patented Vein Matching Technology is one of the most important reasons to work with our company. We pride ourselves on our vein-matching technology, which allows us to match the veins in two different slabs to give your countertop a consistent look. Each top is digitally placed on a picture of the actual slab prior to cutting so that all veins can match exactly for the desired effect. An email of this plan is sent to you before we start cutting so that you can be sure the areas of the stone you love most are well placed. The result is a gorgeous granite countertop that will fit the aesthetic of your home or office. Our vein matching technology also reduces material waste because our waterjets can cut precisely and need very little margin.
Our professional installing crews take time on each job to make sure that each countertop is installed exactly the way our customer would like. Our crews & installers are clean and make the construction reviews & process as smooth as possible, leaving you with a gorgeous new kitchen or bathroom countertop. MGT seams are well under industry standards. In addition, chips caused by normal wear and tear (not dropping a cast-iron skillet on it) are covered free of charge and completed when we are in your area for another install.
Marble & Granite Tech is Chicagoland’s leading custom granite countertop supplier fabricator. We work with customers across Chicago, including near Chicago suburbs. From the residential customer to contractors, let us help you get started on your countertop project, fill out our Design Consultation Form today! If you need more information, please see our Granite FAQs page or give us a call at (847) 713-8023
Marble & Granite Tech, Inc. has been creating natural stone countertops for decades. We fabricate countertops and vanities for kitchens, bathrooms and bars. We can also create outdoor living areas, tables, accent pieces, fireplace surrounds and desks. We precisely fabricate and expertly install granite and quartz countertops using our patented vein-matching technology, along with a range of specialty stones including marble. If you’d like to update your countertops and cabinets, we invite you to experience our showroom in Barrington, Illinois, where you can immerse yourself in a world of possibilities. Discover our extensive collection of materials, including stunning granite, luxurious marble, elegant quartz, and exquisite porcelain slabs. Additionally, we offer a diverse range of samples from various suppliers, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your kitchen or bathroom project.