Nothing adds beauty and value to your home more than granite countertops. Granite countertops are naturally beautiful. Since all granite slabs are cut from natural stone surfaces, they come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Granite is extremely durable, and adds a luxury “feel” to your home, while also improving resale value. Here are some things to consider when shopping for granite countertops.
For many years granite countertops were reserved for elite and upscale homes. Now granite is more affordable than ever and is almost expected when buyers view a new property.
Cost is determined by the square foot of countertop being installed and the level of granite chosen. When comparing prices make sure the cost of installation is included.
Granite is a very durable material. It is highly resistant to staining and scratching, will not be affected by a hot pan placed on its surface and generally will stand up to the rigors of everyday use. Over the course of time, given normal use and proper maintenance, it should last for decades.
Natural stone is porous and granite is no exception. The first step in maintaining a granite countertop is a proper sealer. When your granite countertop is properly sealed, daily care is a breeze. Just use a soft cloth to wipe down with plain water or a mild soap. If your countertop needs extra cleaning, use a specially-formulated stone cleaner with a neutral pH. Never use abrasive cleansers or harsh chemicals.