During the last decade, granite has become more demanded and preferred as a countertop material for kitchens in new houses or as a way to refashion older ones. The reasons behind such a robust popularity are hard to count, but let’s review the mains ones for a better understanding of granite’s matchless potentials.
All in all, granite is such a special element that possesses a number of aspects which are not found in any other material that can be used as a countertop. To begin with, it is a stone that has an unrivaled gorgeousness that can make one awe in admiration. It is naturally gifted by a diversity in colors, patters and feels. Such versatility enables any homeowner to find the style of granite that can express the beauty of a kitchen due to the available wide range of selections. The fact that each granite slab can look different than the other can be a little tricky when more than one slab is required for a vast area in the kitchen. An expert installer can find slabs mined from the same source, which would look pretty close. However, such uniqueness warrants that every granite countertop is special and different than others.
Besides, granite is an extremely powerful and sturdy material. That is why it is the most apt choice for a kitchen countertop. It is also impervious to all types of stains, especially if it is sealed correctly and cleaned on a regular basis. Granite is also heat-resistant. Any hot pot can be placed on a granite countertop and it won’t harm it in any way. Sealing granite countertops is an important step. The seal will work as a protective layer on top of the granite surface, preventing crumbs, residue or liquids from getting absorbed into the pores. Plus, it adds a beautiful shiny coat to the surface of the countertops. It can be done by the owner or by the installing company/worker. Sealing is usually done the first time upon installation and should be redone within a year to four years time.
Concerning the natural uniqueness, each and every slab of granite would have its own texture, patter, basic colors and vein colors. This is both beneficial and alarming. In other words, this means that you and your neighbor can install granite in your kitchens but it will never look the same. On the other hand, if you need to slabs of granite in one kitchen, that can be tricky. Yet, a professional installing worker will manage to supply you with a slab that is mined from the same source.
Granite is not just good as a countertop material. Some people use it as a finishing to hanging cabinets or floor tiles. It can still give more value to their houses. No other material can compete with granite in the amount of luxury and richness it provides to where it is installed, regardless of how much it may cost. Granite is a definite value increasing material. For those who intend to put their house on sale or those who plainly enjoy value and richness around them, granite is the right choice. And, those who look up houses to buy will evaluate a house on sale according to whether it has granite or not. Renewed kitchens are more of a catch than those that need repairs. Granite countertops can intrigue a potential buying for the house and make him/her highly interested.
Before attempting to install granite, one should bear in mind some relevant points. First of all, it is important to take notice of the kitchen’s theme and dominant colors prior to choosing a color for granite countertops. It is also of the same importance to decide beforehand whether one plans to modify the existing decoration or to start anew and change everything. Here’s a tip that can be helpful: colors of a neutral nature, such as beige for example, are a good choice. The reason is that they are suitable for any type of décor and would not stand in the way of doing any modifications to the kitchen’s décor later on. It is better to examine and select the granite slab yourself. Also it is good to check sample slabs to help make a better decision. However, slabs can be really different than each other and this factor can be risky, so it is best to not make a decision solely based on a sample slab.
The best sink that work s perfectly for granite countertops is the under mount sink. A professional plumber will install it with a silicon layer on its outline to protect the granite. These sinks will be permanently installed inside the granite so it’s better to make a final decision about the chosen sink, because it won’t be removed or replaced.
These are some of the aspects of granite that make it a one-of-a-kind addition to any kitchen. With this information in mind, it is hard to find someone still not interested to apply such beauty in their kitchen and enjoy a brand new level of luxury at their home.