Granite Countertops

Granite is an important structural and decorative stone. It’s used for immense structural work due to its high compressive strength. Granite is extremely suitable in the kitchen as well as in the bathroom, partly because of its beauty but also because granite requires minimal maintenance. Its natural beauty is the main characteristic enjoyed by many, along with its versatility.

Granite is composed of quartz, feldspars, micas and other minerals. These minerals contribute to the colour and texture of the granite stones. Granites get their wonderful variety of colours and patterns from minerals that are melted into the liquid mass as it is formed.

Granite spans both in colour and patterns and is found throughout the colour spectrum – black, brown, red, yellow, blue, green and white.

Common uses for granite include: Kitchen countertops, vanity tops, bath surrounds, window sills, outdoor counters, bar countertops, staircase cladding and wall cladding.

Here are some examples of granite. If you do not find your type of granite on the images below, please ask us. We can provide everything in natural and composite stone.


Countertop Edge Profiles

Below is a selection of edge profiles that can be applied to granite materials


Countertop edge profile straight radius
Countertop edge profile straight bevel
Countertop edge profile pencil round
Pencil Round
Countertop edge profile pencil round
Double Pencil Round
Countertop edge profile radius
Countertop edge profile double radius
Double Radius
Countertop edge profile bevel
Countertop edge profile double bevel
Double Bevel
Countertop edge profile full bullnose
Full Bullnose
Countertop edge profile half bullnose
Half Bullnose
Countertop edge profile demi bullnose
Demi Bullnose
Countertop edge profile chiseled
Countertop edge profile ogee
Countertop edge profile ogee roundover
Ogee Roundover
Countertop edge profile dupont
Countertop edge profile cove
Countertop edge profile double cove
Double Cove
Countertop edge profile cove ogee
Cove Ogee
Countertop edge profile cove dupont
Cove Dupont
Countertop edge profile stair tread
Stair Tread
Countertop edge profile triple pencil
Triple Pencil
Countertop edge profile knife edge
Knife Edge
Countertop edge profile laminated

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my stone look like the samples on the website?

Briefly stated, probably not. The online sample is for colour reference only. You should not rely on the website images to make your final choice.

Granite is a natural material so each slab will vary slightly in color, tone, pattern, etc. It is therefore recommended that you see a actual sample of the stone before making your choice.

Can I choose my own slabs?

Yes! Nothing can compare to actually viewing and selecting your slab in person. We would be happy to use our expertise and assist you in picking your slabs or you are welcome to browse at our suppliers by yourself.

A list of our suppliers is available upon request.

Does granite countertops have to be sealed?

Yes! Natural stone countertops are quite porous and they will absorb liquids, which may result in discoloring and staining. Our company will seal all granite countertops after the installation process has been completed. The sealant penetrates the stone making it quite impervious to alcohol, juices, soft drinks, cosmetics, cleaners, coffee, food and oils. We only use high quality sealants and if taken care of properly you will not need to reseal your countertops.

Will my granite countertop have visible seams?

Most stone installations will require at least one or more seams but we aim to use as few seams as possible for each project. During design & layout of the countertops we make it a priority to line up colours as to conceal the visibility of the seam and to place the seams in less conspicuous areas.

Can I use granite countertops outdoors?

Yes. Outdoor countertops add a beautiful complement to pool areas, braai areas, decks, and patios.

Are granite countertops expensive?

The cost of granite counters can vary a lot depending on the color, edge profile and custom shapes used in the layout but in general granite countertops are more affordable compared with manmade hard surface materials. Another thing to remember is that granite countertops are a long-lasting material that will increase the resale value of your home.

How thick are granite countertops?

Stonehenge only uses 30mm granite for countertops with the exception of Zimbabwe Black which we also supply in 20mm.

What is the difference between “honed”, “leathered” & “polished” surfaces?

Polished granite is the most common and refers to the glossy, highly reflective appearance and are the easiest to keep clean and maintain. In addition, a polished surface has a high luster and sheen that brings out the dramatic colors and rocky patterns of the stone. If nothing else is stated then the surface of the granite is polished.

Honed granite countertops are smooth but less shiny than polished finishes and gives your home a more natural, casual feel. One drawback of honed surfaces is that they are known to show stains more than others. But, don’t let this deter you from choosing a honed finish.

A leathered finish begins with a honed surface; then it is swept with diamond tipped brushes. The result is between polished and honed. It has more sheen and is less porous than a honed finish.

Can my granite countertops be damaged?

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed, granite 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 under normal circumstances.

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