Thinking About Installing Granite Countertops?
Granite is a natural rock. It comes from one large slab of stone that needs to be extracted from the earth. Did you know that granite is one of the most popular materials chosen for countertops? Today, I’m going to share with you some important information about the properties of granite surface that you should know.
I’ve listed below the pros, cons and misconceptions that I think everyone should be aware of when they are researching this product.
Benefits of Installing Granite:
- It is water resistant
- It is available in a variety of colours and grains
- Granite is durable
Some things you should consider when choosing this product:
- Granite will need to be sealed at least once a year;
- It is a porous material, therefore without being properly sealed it will stain quite easily;
- It is expensive as it’s a natural stone;
- Prices range depending on the slab that you choose;
- Since every stone varies, the grain may not look consistent throughout the entire slab and every slab is different.
Common Misconceptions About Granite Countertops:
Most individuals assume granite countertops are heat and stain-resistant. What you may not be aware of is the fact that granite may discolour and stain if it is not properly sealed.
You will want to avoid using any harsh chemical cleaners and acidic foods (especially if you have a light countertop).
It is also important to know that granite surfaces can be damaged by sudden or a rapid change of temperature. You do not want take a hot pot off the stove and place it directly on a cold countertop.
Please keep in mind that granite can be damaged by force and nothing is chip-proof.
I recommend that no matter what type of countertop you install, to always use a cutting board or hot pad. This will not only protect your countertop, but your knives and cookware will thank you. Remember, it is smart to do your research before purchasing any product. Find out what is best for you and your needs. All granite countertop suppliers will have product care and maintenance information available on their websites.