Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are some of the most elegant, richest kitchen countertops available.  They are among the most expensive, too.  Granite is a natural stone with outstanding strength and other strong characteristics.

What are Granite Countertops?

Granite has a natural beauty that few other materials can match.  Every granite countertop is unique due to the natural shading and tone differences within the stone, sometimes even within the same piece of countertop.  In wood or a solid surface countertop, this might be viewed as a defect.  In granite countertops the varying shades and hues are appreciated for the individuality they give to each top. There are many factors that affect pricing for a granite countertop including color, availability in your area and any special treatments they may have.

Strengths and Weakness

Strengths: Granite can be stunningly beautiful.  Its presence in the kitchen or bathroom draws the eye and makes the countertops a central visual focus.  It also provides an attractive complement to many types and colors of cabinets.  Granite is extremely strong and durable.  It is highly resistant to scratches and heat, making it an asset in your kitchen work, especially near a cook top or stove.  If you use a hair straightener or curling iron in the bathroom, you can set them down without concern on a granite bathroom countertop.  When it is properly sealed, granite also has good resistance to stains.

Weaknesses: Granite kitchen and bathroom countertops need to be sealed because granite is a porous stone and will absorb fluids which may stain.  Being porous, it might also harbor bacteria if not sealed.  Some granite countertops need to be sealed annually while others are pre-treated prior to being installed and can go 10-15 years before needing to be sealed. There are about 20 different colors of granite but other countertop types offer hundreds of colors.  However, with granite, even two countertops of the same color will be unique because of the individuality of hue, shading and possibly texture.  If granite countertops have a heavy object dropped on a corner, they can chip or crack. Finally, granite countertops are among the most expensive on the market and not every budget will accommodate them.  Expect to pay $100-$225 per square foot for these countertops.

Who Should Consider Granite Countertops?

Granite is an elite material for kitchen and bathroom countertops.  It is a good option for those who plan to install high-end cabinets, appliances, flooring and other top of the line products in the kitchen.  As beautiful as it is, granite may look out of place with items that don’t match it in quality or find the right professional to install it correctly. Among other top-quality products, granite’s qualities will be enhanced and in turn add beauty and appeal to everything around it.