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37 Granite Countertop Ideas With Pros And Cons
Granite is an igneous rock, meaning that it originates from volcanic magma that emerges from the earth to cool and harden. Granite slabs are the classic countertop material, usually a solid piece of quarried stone, often without any seams. Modular granite is a cheaper form of granite featuring large segments that are laid side-by-side to form a countertop. Using granite for countertops has its pros and its cons, so let’s consider them all to find out if we need it for out kitchens or not.
Pros Of Granite Countertops
If you are looking to make a bold statement in your home, there are few materials that can help you accomplish that better than a granite slab can. Between the wide range of colors you will find and the different veining options available, you will surely find something that will look terrific in your space.
Granite is one of the most durable materials you can install in your home. Granite is a heat resistant material, which makes it perfect for kitchen countertops. Granite countertops are also resistant to stains. While not stain proof, having a properly sealed granite countertop can help the surface stay in great shape for years on end. Granite is also resistant to scratches, another benefit that is particularly helpful in the kitchen (though cutting something right on the surface isn’t recommended). Although granite does require sealing, the process is not complicated in any way and will not take long to complete. It is rare that granite becomes damaged, but if it does, you do not need to panic. There are many simple repair kits that you can use to fix the issue. If there’s something serious, just call a professional.
Choosing to complete your remodel by installing a slab of granite as a new countertop or backsplash can have benefits beyond just the aesthetic and functional ones mentioned above. Granite surfaces can often raise the overall value of your home, as the material is highly desirable for home buyers.
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a light blue kitchen island with a white granite countertop and metal pendant lamps is a chic idea with a subtle touch of color
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a pretty white kitchen with a white skinny tile backsplash and grey granite countertops plus stainless steel fixtures
Cons Of Granite Countertops
A high cost of granite countertops can be an issue and if you are on a bit of a tight budget, it is recommended that you choose a more common type of granite and opt for standard edging.
You will have to re-apply a sealant roughly once per year with granite. While there are some surfaces that you do not have to re-seal, this process is not much of an inconvenience.
Seams are inevitable on most countertops. It is rare that a countertop will require only one slab, so there will be a seam where the two slabs connect. However, there is no cause for alarm, as many fabricators can often place the seams in inconspicuous places. In addition, if you choose a darker colored granite, the seams will be nearly impossible to spot.
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