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The Ins and Outs of Granite Countertops

Granite CountertopIn today’s society, there are many different material options for your countertops. Over the next few posts, we want to take the time to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different materials so that you can pick the one that is best for your house and your lifestyle.

To start out, let’s take a look at granite. Granite is one of the longest lasting and most elegant choices that you can make for any countertop, whether it is in your kitchen or bathroom. Here’s a look at why granite is such a popular choice.

Granite is a great choice for those who value individuality. Because granite is a natural stone, every slab is unique. There are a nearly endless number of varieties and choices in colors, grains, and swirls, enabling you to pick the perfect slab for your situation.

Granite is also a great choice for those who are concerned about the value of their home. Not only does a granite countertop add value to your home, but it doesn’t depreciate, which means that it is a solid investment.

In more practical terms, granite is the preferred material for those who like a hassle free countertop. Due to the hardness of the material, granite is resistant to scratches and stains. It can handle large amounts of heat, which means that you do not have to worry about protecting it from your pots and pans. And, to make it even easier, granite is easily cleaned with mild soap and water. For those who are worried about the sanitation level of their kitchens and bathrooms, granite is also highly resistant to bacterial contamination.

For those who do not value these unique advantages of granite, it is probably a good idea to look at other materials. Not only is granite one of the more expensive choices, it can be less than desirable for those who want a completely uniform look in their space, or who are interested in regularly changing the look or style of their countertop. Because of the unique nature of granite, it is impossible to have different slabs that are exactly the same. You cannot change the color once it has been installed, and ripping out granite countertops can be potentially damaging to surrounding cabinets. For this reason, once granite is installed, it is best to leave it in unless you are doing a complete remodel.

When considering granite as an option for your countertop, make sure that you take all these different aspects into consideration in order to make the right choice for you.