There are many reasons that granite countertops are among the hottest high-end options for the kitchen and bathroom.
One of the top choice in countertops, is available in a variety of shades and no two pieces are exactly the same. Costs for granite depend on many variables, including color, availability to be find in the nature, finish and origin of the stone. Some of the reasons that makes granite so popular among homeowners and designers are:
GRANITE IS TOUGH AND DURABLE
Granite is rock-hard. It’s second only to diamond in terms of the hardness of natural materials. When properly installed, it will be last forever. Because of their hardness, granite counters are also heat resistant. If you do manage to chip or crack the granite, it is fixable depending on the severity of the damage. While it’s not recommended, if you occasionally set a hot pan or tray directly on the surface, it won’t damage it like laminate, wood and other materials would.
MAINTENANCE IS EASY
The granite counters must be properly sealed. When sealed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, the granite countertop will resist staining and bacteria for a longer period of time, giving the homeowner enough time to clean the surface before absorption occur. This makes cleanup easy using soap and water – and you’ll enjoy a stain-free counter surface that looks like new for decades.
GREAT LONG-TERM INVESTMENT
While you’re enjoying your countertops made from granite over the next 30+ years, one neighbor might be replacing their laminate counters three times while another replaces wood countertops twice and has them refinished a few times. In the long-run, granite countertops are a very cost-effective solution for many homeowners.