What Is Uba Tuba Granite?

Uba Tuba granite is one of the most frequently used countertop materials in kitchen designs today. Quarried in huge amounts and shipped worldwide, Uba Tuba is one of the more affordable granites on the market. With its versatile color palette and comparatively low price, Uba Tuba can be found in kitchens and bathrooms in counters and tiles of many homes.


Origins of Uba Tuba


Uba Tuba granite is quarried in Brazil. Like other granites, Uba Tuba is an igneous rock, composed mostly of quartz and mica. The quarry in Brazil that produces Uba Tuba is extremely large, shipping the stone in tremendous blocks around the world for tile and countertop use.

Colors of Uba Tuba


Uba Tuba granite, like any natural stone, can have huge amounts of variation in color. Uba Tuba has been described by fabricators as being black, green and even brown.

Uba Tuba is a primarily dark green granite made up of flecks of lighter green, black, gold, brown, white and even turquoise blue. Uba Tuba's color can vary from slab to slab and even within one slab. The stone may appear lighter, darker and with more or less of various colors in its makeup, depending on which section of the quarry it was taken from.

Pattern of Uba Tuba


Uba Tuba is a tightly packed grain pattern granite. There are few to little veins in its surface, with most of the pattern being made up of smaller and larger pieces of quartz. Very small veins of white, gold or turquoise may separate the larger pieces of color. The grain pattern of the stone can range in size from about the size of an apple seed to the size of a half dollar throughout the stone.

Names of Uba Tuba


In addition to "Uba Tuba" the granite may be called by several names, depending on the fabricator or stone yard selling it. Uba Tuba has also been known on the marketplace as Butterfly, Verde Uba Tuba, Verde Ubatuba, Verde Labrador and Green Labrador.

Variation in color among these names is usually due to the section of the quarry the stone was taken from. Stones marked "Verde" or "Green" are typically a brighter green in color than others.

Care of Uba Tuba Granite


Like every natural stone on the market today, Uba Tuba granite should be sealed with an impregnating sealer to help impede staining. The stone should also be cleaned with mild soap and water, or with a stone cleaner to help prevent stripping of its finish.

Sarabeth Asaff

Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.