Based on info from the U.S. Geological Survey, granite production in the United States was 484,000 metric tons in 2018 and will likely continue to increase in the coming years. The high demand is partly due to its popularity as a kitchen countertop material. Why does granite continue to be so desirable year after year? Once you know the advantages of granite countertops, it’s easy to see why.
#1. Resists Knicks, Dings, and Scratches
Like most families, you probably spend more time in the kitchen than in any other room. Most of the time it likely involves some type of food prep. You need a countertop that can keep up with your busy lifestyle, and granite fits the bill very nicely.
Granite is highly durable, and will therefore resist the knicks, scratches, dents, and dings that are so common. As such, the granite countertop you install today will continue looking like new for many more years.
#2. Can Handle High Temperatures
When serving food, a common problem involves keeping everything warm without damaging your countertop in the process. Accordingly, if you do a lot of entertaining you’ll appreciate the heat-resistant properties of granite. Its tough surface won’t warp or crack when exposed to high temperatures, and just knowing that can take a great deal of stress out of cooking for a crowd.
#3. Safeguards Against Germs and Bacteria: Easy to Clean and Sanitize
When properly sealed, granite provides a non-porous surface that makes it difficult for germs and bacteria to thrive. Spills and stains won’t soak into the material either. This means that granite countertops are very easy to clean and sanitize.
You don’t need any special cleaners. In fact, we advise against abrasive cleaners because they can compromise the sealant. Instead, warm soapy water or even a water/vinegar mix will do the job quite nicely.
#4. Very Easy to Maintain
We’ve already talked about how easy granite is to clean. What we haven’t told you is how simple it is to maintain. All that’s required is to reapply sealant every three to five years in order to retain your countertop’s durable, non-porous properties.
#5. Each Slab is Completely Unique
Granite is an igneous rock that’s formed when molten material becomes hardened. Granite can contain bits of mica, quartz, feldspar, and a host of other minerals. This variation ensures that each slab of granite has its own unique look. The amount and type of minerals available will determine the color, with granite being found in varying shades of:
In addition to its wide range of colors, granite stone contains deep veins or flecks of color to give it an even greater visual appeal. You can even find granite that resembles marble or other stone. Regardless of your color scheme or type of decor, you’ll find a granite piece that will beautifully complement your kitchen.
#6. It Holds its Value Very Well
Many kitchen trends are in style one season and out the next. That’s not the case with granite, which continues to be popular year after year. Since granite never goes out of style, it can provide an attractive selling point for potential buyers, as well. Granite is an excellent investment that will increase the value of your home for quite some time.
Talk to Us About the Advantages of Granite
These are the primary advantages of granite, but after talking with us we think you’ll discover there are actually a whole lot more. To view a sample and find out how granite countertops could better enhance your kitchen, please schedule a consultation.