Granite is a premium building material that stands out for its long-lasting beauty. When installed as countertops or flooring, granite provides distinction few other materials are able to. Their classic elegance exudes distinction in the kitchen and bathroom, and matched with outstanding durability, the granite countertops you select might be the last countertops your home will ever need.
Granite countertops take a high-quality home to the next level visually and often become the centerpiece of the room.
Installing granite countertops is a big decision for homeowners to consider, as the project is more expensive than it would be if other materials were used, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Granite is the highest quality stone material you can choose for your countertops, bottom line. Deriving from hot magma, granite is one of the strongest and hardest natural materials, second only to diamonds. Here are a few reasons why it would be wise to make the investment in granite countertops for your home:
Granite is forever, or close to it at least
Although granite itself is expensive and the extensive labor involved in installing it can sometimes cost 3 times as much as the countertop itself in some cases, it is worth the one-time cost as you will likely never have to replace your countertops again. With that said, make sure you enjoy the granite pattern you choose, because you could potentially be looking at it for decades to come.
Adds Value to Your Home
When comparing, granite may be more expensive than other materials, but when you consider its longevity and durability, it costs less over time. Also—the high cost of installing a granite countertop in your home is actually offset due to the fact that the countertop itself, which does not depreciate over time, actually adds overall value to your home, making granite countertops a cost-effective investment for homeowners.
Your options are nearly limitless. One of the best qualities of granite is that no two pieces are exactly the same, providing your home with a unique, one-of-a-kind design, as well as a sleek, luminous appearance. Granite is comprised of a many different minerals that give each countertop slab a unique and attractive appearance. For example, granite high in feldspar will have rich red or pink highlights. Mica produces brown or black veining while quartz gives pink, white or black hues to the stone. The variations throughout the stone are considered desirable since they give the slab character and differentiate it from others. Granite has a rich beauty that few other countertops materials can match.
Granite countertops are one of the most sanitary surfaces you can choose for your kitchen as they are waterproof and therefore bacteria and mold contamination is not a problem. Their extremely non-porous surface is the perfect countertop for a kitchen, where many cross-contamination problems can occur.
It Can Take the Heat
Granite is an ingenious rock that is formed at extreme conditions under the earth’s crust. This makes it one of the hardest materials that can easily withstand the heat of your hot pots and pans (up to 900°F), is virtually impervious to water when sealed and can easily sustain the wear and tear of everyday use in the kitchen without losing its luster. It is also not easily scratched, blistered or cracked, making it a durable choice for one of the most high-traffic areas of the home that will keep the shine and richness for years to come.
Easy to Clean
The non-porous, slick surface of granite makes it an easy surface to clean up just about any spill. Granite countertops are very easy to maintain. The likelihood of needing to be repaired or resurfaced is low. Sealers have come a long way over the years and many will last decades before needing to be reapplied. Simply use warm water and mild detergent to easily clean granite countertops. For harder to remove stains there are specific granite cleaners that can be purchased, just be sure they are right for your type of countertop. Sealing is always recommended for granite countertops, as it will help to prevent any staining in the future.
Oftentimes homeowners want the look of a particular countertop but would rather enjoy the benefits provided by another. A great example of this is marble. Marble is a classically beautiful stone that is highly sought after for upscale kitchens and bathrooms. However, marble is much softer than granite, so it can be damaged more easily. However, that doesn’t have to stop you from having that beautiful ‘marble look’. As an added bonus, granite that looks like marble has a lower price tag and requires less maintenance, so you get more for your money.
Whether you’re interested in purchasing a new home or remodeling, granite offers you unparalleled beauty, permanence, uniqueness and adds true value to your home.
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