Granite Countertops in Denver

New granite countertops are a popular feature when incorporating high-impact elements to your kitchen remodel. As a reliable material, granite countertops Denver can trust to stand up to the test of time should be installed by a professional. Although you have many other options in terms of material, like silestone countertops or quartz, but overall – the benefits of granite are difficult to match.

Reliable, Functional, and Stylish

Granite, compared to other materials, has the most to offer in ease, function, and resilience. As a kitchen or bathroom countertop, granite can withstand heat, sharp objects, spills, and bacteria with proper cleaning methods. With the many different styles and options available for design, granite slabs are a top choice for homeowners. The lighter varieties of granite are more susceptible to staining and require a sealing treatment, but there are many varieties that have such a high density, there is no worry of staining and therefore require no sealing process at all.


View our gallery to see the possibilities for your kitchen and bathroom remodeling project. With our expansive selection and variety, we have the slab you’re looking for – call us today to find out more about what we can provide.

Top Mistakes You Can Make When Caring for Your Granite Kitchen Countertops in Denver

October 25, 2017

Adding granite kitchen countertops in Denver is a great investment that will completely transform the space. However, when you do not properly care for counters, they can become damaged—sometimes to the point of no repair. The great news is that it is not difficult to care for kitchen counters. By avoiding a few top mistakes, your investment will be secure. Learn what happens when you avoid cleaning up spills, and pooling water, improper cleaning agents, apply heat to premier granite counters.

Not Cleaning Up Spills and Water Damage

One of the top ways to ruin granite is to avoid wiping up any spills that occur on the counter. Do not wait until you are finished with a task in the kitchen, but pause what you are doing and clean up the spill as soon as possible. When you wait too long to clean up a spill, the liquid that has been spilled will begin to seep into the granite and cause a stain. While all liquids pose a threat, some can do more damage than others. The leading liquid that tops the list are acidic. This includes vinegar, wine, certain oils, and juices. One of the best ways to protect your counters is sealing it. Learn the top three benefits of sealing your granite counters.

Using Improper Cleaning Agents

With laminate counters, you might use a scrub brush and a bleach cleaner to wipe down the surface. This is not how to clean and disinfect granite countertops. If you use this option for your granite, you will ruin the quality. Luckily for your budget, you simply need a mild cleaner. This can be a mild dish soap or cleaner that specifically notes that it is for granite. Similar to spills, avoid acidic cleaners—especially ones that may have bleach. Microfiber cloths are another great item to keep on hand to quickly wipe down the counters at the end of each day. In addition, do not use abrasive sponge that can scratch the granite’s surface.


When you apply a large amount heat to granite, over time, it can lead to it chipping and cracking. Many make this mistake while cooking and setting hot pots and pans onto the counters without any protection. Make sure to use a trivet or towel to create a barrier between the bottom of the dish to the counters. A small amount will usually be okay momentarily, but to be safe, use something else as a barrier. In addition, the weather can be a go-to way to make changes in your counters. If you have an outdoor kitchen area or garage, make sure to talk to your local, go-to granite counter expert on how to keep them safe.

To install new granite counters into your kitchen, or other areas of your home, HTI Granite and Cabinetry can help. You can shop to find the perfect set for you in our showroom. Call us at 303-592-9090 to let us know you will be stopping by our showroom, located at 1270 W. Alaska Place. We look forward to helping you!

Prefabricated Slabs in your Home

January 15, 2016

The new year often comes with plans for bettering ourselves, our lifestyles and our homes. Do you have a home renovation planned for 2016? Many homeowners start their renovations with the kitchen or the bathroom, and one of the key elements in either of these rooms is the counter-tops. Are you stuck on which countertops to choose?

While it’s a nice touch to have custom-cut granite countertops in Denver, prefabricated slabs have their benefits and may be the right choice for you and your home. Here’s a couple things to think about when considering prefabricated slabs:

Finished Product

Prefab slabs are made with rounded off corners called bull-nosed edges. They usually come with matching backsplashes as well. For the most part, they are generally unfinished on one side. Because of this, prefab slabs are good for counters where the unfinished edge can sit against a wall, but they’re not recommended for something like a kitchen island where the unfinished edge will show. However, they can’t be used for a curved area or for non-standard dimensions, unlike custom stone. As prefab slabs have evolved over the years, they come in a wide variety of style, sizes and colors so it won’t be hard finding something you like.


The majority of prefabricated slabs are made in India or China and shipped to the U.S. ready to go. This means they are sanded, polished, and pre-cut to standard sizes, such as 8, 6, or 4 feet in length by 3 or 4 feet in width, and typically include holes for a sink, faucet, and handles.

Installation and Delivery

The prefabricated slabs will need to be transported in a protected environment with padding and stability to avoid and damage or breakage. If you are transporting them yourself, an SUV or large vehicle is ideal. Once they’re in your home, the installation is fairly straight forward. They just have to be placed directly over your cabinets, installing the hardware such as the sink and faucet, and applying caulking. For an added cost, you can get them professionally installed. However, ensure the installer is reputable and has experience with prefab slabs, paying close attention to the seams and any laminated edges.

Here’s more information on choosing the right kitchen countertops for your project. Many homeowners have found prefab slabs to be both a practical and attractive option for basic home renovations, for outfitting smaller kitchens or bathrooms, or for updating rental properties. Whether you decide to install the prefab slabs yourself or enlist the help of a professional installer, you can have a granite countertop in your Denver home without the custom-cut price tag, in many cases.

HTI Granite has a great selection of prefabricated granite slabs to choose from. With years of experience, we are confident we can help you choose the right kind of quality materials you need for any home renovation project. We not only serve Denver, but the Front Range and Wyoming as well. Call us at (303) 592-9090 for more information or get some inspiration in our countertop gallery. 

You Have Haze from Sealing Your Denver Granite Countertops… Now What?

December 30, 2015

So, you’ve either had your Denver granite countertops sealed or you just sealed them yourself and you’re experiencing a haze or film on the surface. It can be quite maddening and frustrating to see your brand new countertops looking terrible. It can be a shock. The first question you have is likely along the lines of how you clean it off. Before we get into that, first we have to look at how haze streaks after sealing can occur. Hazy streaks can occur after sealing for a couple of different reasons:
  1. The principle reason that your granite countertop is hazy or streaking is because they didn’t need sealing in the first place. Most of the colors in granite countertops are naturally dense and non-absorbent. This means most granite countertops cannot, and should not, be sealed. It actually doesn’t stop at granite. Many natural stones like travertine and marble don’t need sealing either. If you’ve seen something declaring all granite must be sealed, this is untrue. If a sealer is not needed, it merely sits on top without being able to absorb and instead leaves a hazy or streaky granite sealer residue. Finding out if your Denver granite countertop needs a sealant is by performing a water test.
  2. The water test is easy: Drip a small puddle of water onto your countertop, make a note of the exact time, and then do some astute observation. If the puddle darkens quickly then sealing your countertops is going to be required. If it takes four to five minutes to darken, then a sealant is still going to need to be applied and spills mopped up quickly. If it takes ten to fifteen minutes, you should still apply a sealer but it should also be done with the utmost care. One coat should last a few years. And, finally, if the puddle doesn’t darken or takes longer than thirty minutes, then you should never need a sealer.
  3. Another reason for hazy or streaked granite countertops is the result of a sealer being improperly applied. If your countertops do need a sealer but it was not applied correctly then the drying of the sealer will cause streaks. The most important step when sealing your Denver granite countertops is to ensure every bit of excess sealer and residue has been removed.
The bottom line is, you have the streaks and now you want to get rid of them. You're going to have to try and remove the sealer residue from the surface. Stone sealers are designed to remain on the stone for as long as possible and take several years to break down or wear away. You might have some lucky scrubbing with steel wool or a magic eraser. Do this on granite only. Such abrasives could scratch a polished finish on marble or travertine. In almost all cases, you'll have to strip off the sealer residue using certain solvents. The exact choice (acetone, mineral spirits, methylene chloride) will depend on how tough it is to remove.
Using HTI Granite & Cabinetry, you’ll never have to worry about what to do with your countertops. We’ll make sure you’re educated on the type of stone you’ve chosen for your kitchen.

Difference Between a Fissure and Crack in Countertops


When looking into purchasing natural stone countertops, it is important to realize the difference between a crack and a fissure. This knowledge can save yourself from agonizing about whether your counter has a natural or unnatural opening if the situation arises.

A fissure is an elongated opening that is a natural geological formation or mineralogical crystallization. A crack on the other hand, is a broken piece of stone that is typically uneven, chipped, or widely separated. The tricky part is that sometimes a fissure develops into a crack given that the fissure in itself is a weak area of the stone.

The biggest difference is in how the fissure or crack occurred. A fissure is natural while a crack occurrs from an outside force, such as fabrication, transpiration, or installation. A helpful test to determine the difference is to look at the crack or fissure from a low angle. A crack has two points of reflection while a fissure has only one.

If your countertops are in bad shape and you're interested in new ones, Contact HTI Granite and Cabinetry for more information about choosing the best countertops for your home. Our expert staff has earned a prestigious reputation throughout the Denver area for providing exceptional and customized kitchen remodeling services. We can handle any of your installation or remodeling needs - we have access to the best products on the market, so call us today!