Granite has become one of the best values for homeowners who want to change the character of their homes. Not too expensive, granite provides an excellent return on your investment, in some cases up to a 100% return! Used primarily in kitchens, bathrooms, and floors, this natural stone comes in a variety of colors and designs that can be crafted to fit anywhere in your house. Granite provides a great look and style for a very beautiful finish!
Practical Benefits of Granite
Extremely durable, especially in regards to scratches and heat, granite is stain resistant as well as bacteria resistant. Easy to maintain if properly sealed by a professional who knows how to seal it according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, you only need to clean it with soap or water or with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner.
Granite is a rock. Diamonds are the only resource that is harder than granite. In addition, granite is easy to fix if you crack or chip it. Once installed, you should not have to replace granite unless you want to. It lasts twice as long as soapstone and quartz.
Suggestions for Selecting Granite
Colors and designs are not the only things to consider when selecting granite for countertops or floors in your home. Note that not all granite slabs or tiles are equally as strong. You will find that most granite will be about 3/8 of an inch thick, sometimes even thicker. Also, unlike tile where you can play with the width of the grout lines, grout lines used with granite tiles and slabs are typically quite thin, about 1/8 of an inch wide. This is to show off the gorgeous granite color and design.
Cost of granite ranges depending upon the quality of the granite you select. Basic grade granite for kitchen and bathroom counters runs between $50 and $60 per linear foot. This includes both materials and installation. Middle grade quality granite is between $60 and $70 per linear foot (materials and installation inclusive) and is frequently more durable than basic grade granite. Finally, you can pay around $200 and up for premium granite slabs and tiles.
Maintaining Your Granite Countertops
Even though granite is a hard natural stone, it is somewhat porous. This means that it does require some maintenance. It is highly recommended that you have your granite sealed prior to it being installed, and then sealed two times a year; however, this depends upon the type of sealant you use. There are one-year up to 25-year sealants.
Why do you need to seal your granite countertops? Even though granite is a very hard stone, because it is porous, liquid such as juice, wine, olive or other oils may seep into the granite causing a stain to appear. The best course of action is to have it sealed and then installed by an experienced professional, and then follow the maintenance plan suggested by the manufacturer.
Granite is one of those options that, when selected, installed, and cared for properly, can last a lifetime. The only reason you would ever want to change out a granite countertop is that you want a different design.