Granite is a highly demanded material when it comes to kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Sure, there are a lot of materials out there to choose from; Formica, Tile, Soapstone, Marble, Quartz and even Wood, just to name a few. So what are some granite countertops pros and cons you ask? Let’s explore the answer to that question.
The Pros of Installing Granite Countertops
- If you plan to sell your house in the future, granite countertops are a great selling point, as buyers are really interested in homes with these kind of countertops. So installing granite, may be a great investment. Not only could it possibly boost the value of your home but it could help how quickly you sell it.
- There is only one rock with more strength and durability than granite and that is diamonds. Other than diamonds, there is nothing that is more un-breakable or more durable than granite. This means, although it can break, it is very hard to do so.
- Compared to other types of surfaces, granite is more heat resistant and stain resistant. Especially if sealed correctly, stains rarely occur.
- As far as stone materials go, granite is available in three thousand different colors, insuring there will definitely be a color to go with your decorating scheme.
- If installed, sealed and maintained properly, your granite countertops have to potential to outlast you and your house! Speaking of sealers, the new ones that are now on the market are easy to apply and require almost no maintenance, a good sealer should last up to or over 15 years!
- Although granite does require some maintenance, it is much more durable and less “needy” than materials such as marble or wood. Unlike Formica that can peel and stain easily, granite is a great alternative.
The Cons of Granite Countertops
- Until just recently, granite was a very expensive material to buy for home improvements. However, slowly but surely the price per square foot is dropping to make it more affordable for a lot more folks.
- The choices of granite can be overwhelming. Depending on the quality, the color and the edging you are looking for, the prices may vary incredibly.
- Although not much is needed to maintain your granite countertop, it still need some regular maintenance. Daily cleaning, a monthly deep clean and a new sealant is recommended every ten to fifteen years.
- If granite is not sealed properly it will stain and the last thing you want is your brand new granite countertop stained with wine or coffee. Make sure that you blot up spills immediately and that your countertops are sealed correctly.
- Also, if granite is not sealed or installed properly it can crack and break under stress.
- If you do not use a cutting board on a granite countertop, as recommended, you can dull your kitchen knives, as well as, leave scratches on the countertop.
Looking at this list, if you feel that the pros outweigh the cons (and we think they do!) then granite countertops are the way for you to go for your kitchen or bath!