Anyone who purchases granite countertops probably does so for the beauty of the stone. The durability and the ease in cleaning are also great features, but if it doesn’t shine, homeowners aren’t going to see the value in the investment. Assuming the shine is the main attraction, you should always make sure that’s what’s being installed. We all know that having a gloss is good, right?  But what kind of gloss? High gloss or semi-gloss? Uhhh . . . What’s the difference?

Sometimes homeowners confuse the “gloss” in a countertop with the shine that’s applied to the surface using a particular cleaning product. The gloss is actually achieved early in the manufacturing process of the stone. The factory has huge abrasive machines that grind down the stone for hours upon hours. This process gives the stone the smoothest texture possible as well as provides that ability to shine.


The amount of the grinding that’s done to the granite determines the level of gloss. Most people will choose the best finish they can get with their countertop. This is the high-gloss, but it will be the more expensive option. The extra cost for a high gloss finish is basically due to the amount of additional hours that this must be added to this already lengthy process.  The granite is suitable for home installation at a lot earlier in the process for much less money.


If the price is a concern for your new granite countertop installation, it may be just as acceptable to choose a semi-gloss finish. This only means that the granite did not receive as thorough a grinding down from the abrasive machines. These hours saved at the factory will ultimately be passed on to the consumer in a reduced pricing. It’s possible that only a trained eye would be able to detect the difference, but most people will still choose the high gloss finish because it is the best quality.