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Upgrading Your Kitchen? Consider Classy Granite Countertops

A kitchen renovation not only helps you fall in love with the space all over again, it can also significantly raise the value of your home. Just ask any real estate professional and he or she will tell you “kitchens sell homes!”

When it comes time to choose the material for the countertops, you have different choices available to you. Those on a tight budget may go with a laminate countertop. There’s also block wood countertops, stainless steel countertops and concrete.

But not many people will argue that if you want a beautiful and timeless material for your kitchen countertops, you simply can’t go wrong with granite. Granite countertops not only look fantastic with any type of kitchen cabinets, they also pair very well with all kinds of tile backsplashes. And granite comes in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect color for your kitchen design.

Benefits of Granite Countertops

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons we believe granite countertops are superior:

Granite is Unique

Beyond offering a variety of colors to choose from, granite also comes in numerous patterns and no two slabs are alike. In this way granite markings are kind of like fingerprints. Your counters will be completely unique from anyone else’s.

Granite Can Work Anywhere

Granite can work anywhere in your home. Since they’re water resistant, granite countertops are also a great choice for bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Easy to Clean

Granite is incredibly easy to clean. All it takes is a little soap and warm water to get your counters sparkling. The really great thing is, granite counters can also be sanitized, which is incredibly important with food preparation.

It’s Durable

Granite looks elegant, but don’t be fooled, it’s also incredibly durable. You can cut right on granite and you won’t leave any marks. Granite can also easily stand up to high temperatures,

so you won’t have burn marks when you set that casserole down. And, granite countertops can be sealed to increase their stain resistance.

Easy to Repair

While it’s rare that homeowners actually chip or crack their granite countertops, it can happen should something heavy fall on the surface. The good news is, since granite is so strong, you most likely will only have to fix a small section and not replace an entire slab.

Affordable

While granite countertops give your home an elegant and classic look and feel, they are far more affordable than you may imagine. You don’t need to break your budget to have countertops that people “ooh and aah” over.

Some Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting the Granite for Your Countertops

Your granite countertops are going to be a part of your home for quite some time, so it’s important that you select the granite carefully. The biggest piece of advice we can give you is to always start your selection process directly with the slab. This is important for a few different reasons.

You Can Envision the Final Product

It’s fine to narrow down your color and pattern selections using small sample pieces of granite. But once you have your selection down to two or three, you’ll want to step outside and take a look at the larger slabs. Seeing your choice on a larger scale will help you envision what your counters will actually look like. Suddenly what you thought would be perfect seen in a 2-inch by 2-inch piece can now be seen in a different light.

Identify Inclusions

Inclusions are imperfections that can be found in granite. Since it is a completely natural material, not every slab will be 100% pristine. Be sure to really walk around the slab you are considering and look for any inclusions. Luckily, most manufacturers will be able to work the slab around the inclusions.

Accurate Colors

Sometimes the color of granite might look one way in the tiny sample piece, but when you take a look at the entire slab, you realize the color is something quite different. It’s a bit like looking at one single puzzle piece and trying to determine what the picture is. Only until you see the entire puzzle together can you really see the full picture.

Are You Thinking of Granite Countertops in Your Home?

If you are considering having granite countertops installed in your home, give us a call. We can help you select the absolute right slab of granite for your renovation project and have it professionally installed in no time.

If you have any questions about granite installation, cost, or how to select the right piece, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to helping you add style and value to your home.