Are Granite Countertops Right for Your Home?
When most people ask what the go-to natural stone is for kitchen countertops, the common answer is, “Granite.” It’s true, granite has many positive qualities, but as other types of similar materials are becoming more popular, we think it’s important to break down the pros and cons of granite so you can determine if it truly is a match made in heaven for your space.
What is Granite?
It is a type of igneous rock, which is formed from the cooling and solidifying of molten materials. The unpredictability involved with how granite will form itself is what creates the incredible grain patterns that are beautifully unique and valued for the style they bring to the table. But, outside of the personal fingerprint associated with each individual piece of granite, what else do you need to know before making a decision? Read on below.
Pros of Granite Countertops
- Durability - As a naturally-occurring mineral, granite is built to withstand the elements. Born of fire, it is less susceptible to staining or scratches than other options, which means it can comfortably be installed in your indoor or outdoor kitchen.
- Price - Of all the natural stones, granite is usually one of the most affordable, which is why you’ll often see it in residential homes. Granite is gorgeous, and when combined with a great starting price, it makes your dream kitchen that much more attainable!
Cons of Granite Countertops
- Maintenance - Igneous stone is naturally very porous, which means granite needs to be cleaned regularly and re-sealed at least once a year to deter moisture from seeping in and staining your stone.
- Versatility - While granite is naturally very beautiful, you will have little control over how you want the stone to look. When you’re making design plans, be sure that a boldly-patterned granite stone won’t clash with other elements of your space.
Looking to explore granite and other types of stone for your space? Check out all of our offerings here or stop by our 72,000-square-foot showroom chat with one of our experts today.
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