Are you planning on remodeling your kitchen in the New Year? If so, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is which material to use for your countertops.
Perhaps you’re pondering whether or not to go with granite countertops. Not only will granite make your kitchen more appealing and efficient, but it can also add to the value of your home.
But the benefits don’t stop there. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the many advantages of investing in granite countertops. Let’s get rolling!
1. Classical Appeal
Granite has been widely popular for decades and will surely be around for decades more to come. Granite countertops have a timeless elegance that will never go out of style.
The natural colors and graining of granite slabs are not only appealing, they’re also unique. There are no two slabs in the world that are exactly the same!
This means that if you install granite countertops in your kitchen, your home will truly be one of a kind.
2. Strength and Durability
Granite is one of the toughest stones on the planet. This makes for durable countertops that are not easily scratched or damaged.
Unlike with other countertops, such as laminates and butcher blocks, you won’t need to worry about having to replace granite surfaces in the near future.
In fact, to give you an idea of how tough granite is, let’s compare it to other minerals. The diamond is the strongest mineral known to man and measures 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. On the same scale, granite measures a 6 to 7.
The point is, if you want strength and durability in the kitchen, you should go with granite countertops.
There are many countertop materials that need to be sourced and manufactured through processes that may be harmful to Mother Nature. Not granite!
Because granite is 100% natural, there is no need to combine it with any other resources and materials to create stunning countertops. The granite is quarried from the earth and cut into slabs. From there, the slabs are cut to size and polished with special machinery.
This makes granite one of the most environmentally friendly materials for your kitchen.
4. Low Maintenance
Unlike other minerals, such as marble which requires regular sealing, granite countertops are relatively maintenance-free. They’re also very hygienic and easy to clean.
Because granite is not porous, microscopic organisms such as germs and bacteria can’t easily breed beneath its surface, as is the case with some other countertop materials.
Furthermore, because of its low absorption properties, granite is not susceptible to mold.
Though granite requires a bit of maintenance, such as cleaning, polishing, and sealing, you won’t need to empty your wallet to hire an expert. You can easily maintain your own granite countertops with products that are safe to use on stone.
5. Increases Your Home’s Resale Value
The kitchen is the heart of any home and, therefore, a major selling point to any buyer. By upgrading your kitchen countertops, you could make your house more appealing to potential buyers.
In addition to that, granite can even increase the value of your property. Most buyers looking to purchase property will view a well-designed kitchen as a necessity – and countertops are probably the most important part of any kitchen.
Installing granite countertops is a long-term investment that can definitely benefit you in the future.
6. Variety of Neutral Colors
One of the characteristics that makes granite so appealing is the variety of colors that are available.
Because granite is a natural material, it comes in various neutral shades that go with any kitchen theme or color. This means you won’t need to worry about your countertops clashing with your new curtains – or the new décor you put up for the holidays.
7. Cheaper Than Quartz
Though the final pricing of countertops will vary based on a few factors such as size and color, granite is generally more inexpensive than marble or quartz.
The fact that granite doesn’t require too much maintenance also adds to its affordability.
8. Higher Levels of Heat Resistance
Have you ever been in a hurry and hastily placed a hot pot or pan directly on your kitchen counter?
Burnt countertops are a real mood killer, and not a very appealing feature to show potential buyers. Luckily, you won’t have that problem if you opt for granite countertops.
Because granite is a stone, it has a high tolerance for excessive temperatures. There are even companies that recycle granite off-cuts into coasters because they stand up to extreme heat and moisture. So if you have granite in your kitchen, you can have peace of mind whenever you’re cooking.
9. Easily Repairable
Though granite is a tough substance, accidents do happen – especially in a busy kitchen. But if you ever do end up damaging your granite countertops, you won’t necessarily need to replace them.
Whether it’s a crack, a scratch, or a chip, it can easily be repaired with epoxy. Even if you manage to break your countertop completely in half (which is highly unlikely), epoxy resin can be used to fuse the two pieces together.
As we head into a new decade, it’s a good idea to focus on updating your home—not only for your own satisfaction but as an investment in your home’s value. Few things offer as much bang for your buck as sleek, new granite countertops for your kitchen.
And if you’re concerned about costs, remember that there are ways to save money. Granite Liquidators has changed the standard business model, importing wholesale directly from quarries without the middleman. The result is that the savings get passed on to our Colorado customers.
Make 2020 the year you get that gorgeous kitchen you’ve been dreaming of.