Countertops are certainly a main focal point in any kitchen, so if you want yours to radiate “sophisticated and classy,” granite may be the way to go. Here are a few pointers to help you decide.
A decade ago, granite countertops were hard to come by, but today there is a much greater supply and thus a lower price tag. After installation of the granite kitchen countertops, the cost should fall between $75 and $125 per square foot.
Granite countertops will basically last as long as you want them to. The material is extremely sturdy and can even take the heat of a pan on its surface. Just be careful not to hit it with a metal object—this can cause chipping.
Luckily, granite is an inherently sanitary material, so bacterial contamination in your countertops shouldn’t be much of a problem. Plus, the maintenance is extremely easy.
Basically, light granite needs to sealed, and dark granite does not. If you aren’t sure about your particular stone, spill a few drops of water in a discreet area of your countertop. If the granite darkens, it needs to be sealed, but if it remains the same shade, then it’s fine as is.
Luckily granite spreads its weight fairly well, so most cabinets will support it. However, it’s important to ask a kitchen contractor about your cabinets in particular before moving forward.
Because of its natural abundance, granite was used as foundation for the original homes in New England. It wasn’t until the last decade or so that granite became a popular choice for kitchen countertops due to its durability and high-end appearance.
Due to its weight and complicated installation process, granite is not recommended as a DIY project. If granite is your material of choice, consult local kitchen contractors before attempting the job yourself.
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