We know that when it comes to countertops, the options may seem limitless. You have to decide which colors, materials, and features will best fit your home. If, among those features, the goal is to add a sense of sophistication to your kitchen, granite countertops may be the right fit for you. Here are just a few things you should consider before choosing granite countertops.
Resists Chipping and Scratching
We understand, the kitchen is a busy place. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or making playdough with the toddler, the kitchen is a hub of activity in your home. When you invest in granite countertops, you invest in surfaces that are resistant to the bustle of routine. Your knives will dull before your countertop chips (which is why we still recommend using a cutting board), and in the event that something heavy falls and does damage the surface, granite countertops are repairable.
The polished and perfectly planar nature of granite is a big sell for us: ideal for rolling out dough into a culinary masterpiece and for wiping down the counters afterward without any hassle. On that note, granite countertops are easy to clean, just use soap and water. This is especially handy if your kitchen is equipped with an undermount sink: just brush everything directly from counter to sink.
Adds Value to Kitchen
We are not exaggerating when we say that granite countertops add a touch of sophistication and luxury to any kitchen. Adding these elegant accents to your kitchen can increase the value of your home, whether monetarily or in appeal.
Good for Families
While there may be a masterchef in your kitchen, it’s almost certain that not everyone who enters is. Be it a hot pan set directly on the counter or a hot coffee spilled across the surface, granite countertops can take the abuse. Formed by pressure and heat, granite is heat-resistant, and its non-uniform pattern conceals crumbs in the off chance the counters aren’t wiped down now and then. Granite countertops are sure to meet any threat, be it cookery, cats, or kids.
Stain and Moisture Resistant
Convinced that granite is tough? Properly sealed granite countertops are also stain- and spill-resistant and will not trap bacteria or dirt. While we recommend cleaning up spills in the moment, if only to avoid setting precious homework in them, your counters should not stain at first blush.
That being said, granite is a natural stone and, therefore, porous. To ensure their efficacy, granite countertops should be sealed at installation and resealed regularly (usually yearly depending on the type of granite). To test your countertop’s seal, pour water onto the counter and see if it has absorbed into the surface after ten minutes. If it has, the granite will need to be resealed immediately. If the water remains pooled on the countertop, the seal remains sound.
An Earthy Option
Because granite is natural stone, it lends a natural feel to the spaces it decorates. It is also a sustainable natural resource. Quarried as it is now, our supply of granite is nearly inexhaustible, and opting for granite limits the chemical-heavy engineering processes of artificial materials.
Another thing to keep in mind is that every slab of granite is entirely unique because they are formed not in a shop but by the earth itself. You can be sure that your granite countertops are 100% individual to your kitchen and to your home. If you want an even more one-of-a-kind option, a variety of exotic granites are available for those prepared to pay a bit more for them.
Do not be fooled by its classy appearance. Though granite countertops are not usually the cheapest option, there are many affordable varieties. Some low-range types of granite can cost less than a higher-range laminate. It is also important to remember that when you pay for granite, you pay for quality. Well-maintained granite countertops are meant to last for a very long time, so time can prove them cost-effective.
Whether you are looking for the perfect slab of granite or for the right installation team, we are here to help. Contact us with any questions or to find the best countertops for you.