Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops
February 15, 2021
Are Granite Countertops Right For Your Family? Here’s How You Can Decide…
For decades, granite has been widely considered the ideal kitchen countertop material for families who want to upgrade from synthetic materials to natural stone counters. A beautiful, durable, and timeless material, granite countertops can be a great way to add a level of luxury to any kitchen and increase the value of a home. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the right choice for every family.
If you’re considering granite countertops based solely on their popularity and prevalence, it may be worth taking a closer look at some of granite’s most well known pros—as well as a few points of weakness that can steer some families towards other countertop material options.
Pros of Granite Countertops
As noted, granite is a long-time favorite and naturally beautiful material. As such, it’s a timeless and flexible material that can support a wide variety of home aesthetics and decor trends. This means you’re unlikely to ever feel like your granite countertops are dated or clashing with your design scheme.
Though granite is a natural material, it’s available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns. What’s more, your granite countertop slab is guaranteed to be unique to YOUR home. While some granite slabs are similar, no two are ever exactly alike!
Granite is perhaps the toughest natural countertop option. It’s not susceptible to scratching. While it’s not ideal to cut on (it will dull most knife blades), granite holds up extremely well over time.
Granite is also not susceptible to staining. When properly sealed, granite countertops won’t absorb liquid—which means you can relax in the kitchen knowing you’re highly unlikely to mar your countertops with a stain or spill.
Granite is also an extremely heat resistant natural countertop material. While we always recommend using trivets or hot plates to keep any countertop looking as good as possible, granite typically has no problem withstanding heat from hot pans or appliances.
Cons of Granite Countertops
While properly sealed granite can hold up to stains and spills nicely (as mentioned above), it’s crucial that families remember to get their countertops resealed as necessary. Without proper sealing, porous granite becomes much more susceptible to stains and discolorations.
While granite is extremely tough, it isn’t infallible. Dropping very hard or heavy items onto a countertop can, in some rare cases, cause chipping or cracking.
Because of their natural beauty and longevity, granite countertops are one of the more expensive countertop options. However, many homeowners are surprised to find out that they can fit granite into their renovation budget! For more information about pricing, send us a message or check out our slab gallery.
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