The Top 7 Benefits of Installing Granite Counters
It's hard to beat the all-around ideal nature of granite kitchen countertops.
Countertop decisions aren't as easy as they used to be. We've advanced far beyond the old choices of laminate, laminate, or laminate. Granite is the new kitchen king, and it doesn't appear to be handing over its crown any time soon. But what about other materials, such as stainless steel or ceramic tile? Shouldn't those get a shot? In most American homes, the answer is a resounding "no." Here's what makes granite such a smart investment for your new build or home remodel. #1: Great Investment Material Kitchens provide one of the highest returns on investment of any home installation or remodel. This Old Housesays that investing in kitchens, and bathrooms too, can yield major returns as those rooms play a major role in the home's overall value. Although granite costs a bit more than other materials, such as laminate, you can expect what you spend to return in a more valuable home. #2: Low Maintenance Granite should be sealed for use in a kitchen, and that means the surface is incredibly easy to care for. Home improvement expert Tom Silva, for This Old House, says that a solvent-based sealer should last up to two years. During that time, wipe up spills with a damp cloth (never use anything acidic such as vinegar) and they'll keep their great looks. #3: Incredibly Durable Almost as nice as the easy-care nature of granite is the fact that it's one of the most durable surfaces that you could install in your home. Keystone Granite Company in Pennsylvania says that it's "super tough," and difficult to scratch or chip under normal kitchen conditions. #4: Repairable Nature If the worst does happen and your countertop suffers damage, granite is repairable. Don't try that with laminate or some other materials. Using special bonding agents, dyes and pattern-matching techniques, a professional granite installer like BT Kitchen and Bath can produce a strong, practically invisible repair. Use only approved cleaners as necessary (no acids), and your countertops will look great for years to come. #5: Bacteria and Stain Resistant