When you’re looking for a new home, chances are the kitchen is one of the first rooms you want to look at. Granite countertops in a kitchen say a lot – like, “Hey, look at me! Aren’t I gorgeous?” But really, granite countertops do say a lot.
If you’re building a new home or remodeling your kitchen, you’re probably wondering what type of countertop to use. Every type has pros and cons. There isn’t one “Best” for everyone, but granite should get serious consideration by everyone.
What are the key benefits of granite?
Even though there are benefits to all the different options for countertops, granite really has a lot going for it. Just take a look at this list to see for yourself.
Add value to home
The natural, eco-friendly beauty of granite adds visual appeal to your home. According to the National Home Builders Association, granite countertops are one of the top items of desirable features. This means extra value for your home and more bang for your buck.
Granite requires very little effort to take care of. A simple combination of soap and water works great for cleaning. However, you should avoid heavy-duty cleansers as they can cause damage. Although most granite needs no additional care, some granites are porous and need to be sealed periodically to prevent staining.
Resist bacteria and dirt
Kitchen countertops can be a haven for gunk. They are the perfect place for growing bacteria and viruses. But sealed granite is not porous, so nothing soaks into them. This means that they are easy to clean and germs don’t stand a chance.
Granite countertops are one of the most durable materials available. You can even put hot pots directly on them without any damage. But don’t cut directly on them. We’re not worried about the countertops though; we’re worried about your knives. Granite is so hard; it will easily dull your knives.
Granite can take a lot of abuse. It stands up well to almost anything you, your kids, family, and friends can throw at it. Maybe avoid throwing things at it, but it can probably handle it just fine.
We know life can get crazy with children, that’s why granite is so great. If you leave a hot pan on it for hours, granite can handle it. If you spill your wine but were too busy with the baby to wipe it up, granite can handle it.
Easy to fix scratches or chips
In the rare instance that you do manage to chip or scratch them – we told you not to actually throw things at it- they are pretty easy to fix. Unlike most other countertop materials, they can be patched like it never happened. A professional can mix a special type putty to match the color of your countertop, then reseal the stone to protect it from spills.
Natural, earth-friendly material
Another great advantage to granite is that it is a natural material. Not only does this mean that less pollution trying to recreate natures gift to countertops, but it means each piece is unique. They come in a huge range of colors, up to 3,000 different hues, and no one will ever have the same counter as you.
After this list, we think granite makes a pretty strong case for itself. But if you’re not sold on it there are a bunch of different materials that you could consider.
- Solid Surface – Like Corian
- Butcher Block
- Stainless Steel
Deciding on the type of material you want to use for your countertops is a big decision and one you will have for a long time. Especially if you choose granite countertops – did we mention how durable it is? But your home needs to fit your style, your budget, and your family. So, reach out with any questions. We are happy to explain what each of these materials has to offer you so you can make the best decision for you.