Santa Cecilia Granite Countertops
Create a Timeless Look With This Brazilian Granite
Santa Cecilia is a beige stone shot through with darker accents of black, brown, taupe, gold, and burgundy. It has a tight, consistent leopard-skin grain pattern and conservative color that complements both modern and traditional or. An abundant granite variety, Santa Cecilia is modestly priced and widely available.
What is in a Name?
Santa (or Saint) Cecilia the woman is a Christian martyr and the patroness of church music. Santa Cecilia the stone is named for the district of Sao Paolo where iti is quarried. Other names for this granite include Santa Cecilia Classic (Clasico), Giallo Santa Cecilia, and Giallo Cecilia. You may also see its name shortened to St. Cecilia or misspelled Santa Cecelia.
If this multitude of titles does not have you confused, maybe this will: stone yards often refer to Santa Cecilia granite as Amber Yellow Oro Brazil (Ouro Brasil) or another type of similar but distinct granite. There are also popular subtypes of Santa Cecilia including Santa Cecilia Light, Santa Cecilia Dark, and Santa Cecilia Gold that are lighter in color, darker in color, and have more golden tones, respectively.
The granite name game can be explained by a couple of points. The first is that there are no official regulations concerning granite varieties. What one stone yard calls Santa Cecilia another might call Venetian Gold. Neither is necessarily wrong.
Secondly, the natural variability of granite results in non-homogeneity. In other words, two pieces of Santa Cecilia can look significantly different in terms of base color (which ranges from light yellow to dark orange), mineral deposits, veining, and how the quarry cut the block.
Choosing Santa Cecilia Granite
So what does this all mean for homeowners? It means that you should pay a visit to local stone yards and evaluate slabs individually. While you might have your heart set on Santa Cecilia because you saw a beautiful slab of it in a design magazine or a neighbor is home, there is no guarantee that a comparable piece will be in stock at a retailer (or if it is, it may be called something other than Santa Cecilia). Samples, furthermore, are a poor indicator of how an entire installed slab will look in a finished kitchen or bath.
Yes, Santa Cecilia is a beautiful, fairly consistent stone. And yes, you should be able to find a slab that more or less matches the picture in your head. Just understand that there are no guarantees with natural stone, and that patience and flexibility are required when choosing granite.
Sealing Santa Cecilia Granite
All granite is incredibly hard, but different types have different levels of porosity. Santa Cecilia is a relatively porous type of stone (technically, it is classified as garnet gneisses, a type of metamorphic rock, not granite) that may require applications of sealant every few years. This depends, however, on whether the stone was treated with a permanent resin sealer at the factory. If it was, there is no need to apply sealant, but resin-treated slabs should not have very hot pots and pans placed on them. Speak to your stone supplier to learn about what factory treatment (if any) was added to your slab. For a comprehensive guide to caring for granite, including testing a slab for absorbency, visit Countertop Shopper is granite maintenance page.
Another attribute unique to lighter granites such as Santa Cecilia is that they hide scratches well. Of course, you all probably still want to be on the safe side and protect your investment by using cutting boards and avoiding abrasive cleaning products. To prevent chipping on vulnerable edges, a rounded edge shape is recommended.
Santa Cecilia Granite Costs
- Santa Cecilia slab granite costs $35 to $70 per square foot installed. This price might not include sink/cooktop cutouts, which run $150 to $250 apiece. Non-standard edging and delivery might also cost extra. Other factors that affect pricing include local labor and material costs, stone quality, and the difficulty of the installation.
- Santa Cecilia tile granite can be purchased for as little as $5 to $10 per square foot and installed as a DIY project for even greater savings.
- Prefabricated granite counters cost $15 to $25 per square foot, not including cutouts, installation, or delivery (if ordering direct).