For many years, granite countertops have been the king of the kitchen. But as more engineered stone, recycled material, and high-quality laminate options have entered the countertop market, granite countertops are not nearly as much of an automatic choice for many homeowners remodeling their kitchens. Still, granite countertops remain the most popular choice for new kitchens and kitchen remodels for a number of reasons.
Installing a Granite Countertop Adds Value to Your Home
Installing a granite countertop in your kitchen is going to add value to your kitchen in the long-term. It doesn’t depreciate like many other trendy materials, either. The timeless appeal of granite outweighs the installation costs and maintenance costs of regular sealing. It’s a natural material that’s always going to offer you a unique piece.
Granite is a Material With Great Aesthetic Appeal
In the kitchen, a granite countertop offers a great way to tie together the design of a room. With over twenty different shades of granite available, you can find the color that works best with your walls, flooring, and cabinets. A granite countertop gives you a great centerpiece to any room, especially on a kitchen island.
Granite Countertops Are Easy to Clean
Because granite countertops need regular sealing, they are actually very sanitary surfaces. The sealing means that bacterial contaminations aren’t a problem with granite countertops. In between sealings, they are very easy to clean. All it takes to regularly clean a granite countertop is a mild detergent and warm water.
A Granite Countertop is a Highly Durable Surface
Granite is a natural material formed by intense pressure and heat. This means the heat from a pan is nothing to a granite countertop in the way that the heat may adversely affect other countertop materials. It also means being close to a cooktop or stove isn’t a problem. Granite countertops really don’t scratch, either. However, dropping heavy objects on a granite countertop can cause it to crack, so just be careful and keep this fact in mind.
Installing a Granite Countertop is a Great Investment in the Kitchen
Many potential homebuyers look for granite in kitchens. Even if you don’t plan to sell in the foreseeable future, the value is still there for when your home is appraised. Because granite countertops are so solid for everyday wear and tear, they are a great investment when looking to remodel your kitchen.