Over the past decade kitchen granite countertops have
been growing more and more popular for both new and renovated homes. It's
no wonder why either due to the the great advantages of using granite as the
material of choice for kitchen counter
tops. Here are just a few reasons that
make this beautiful stone an asset for any kitchen.
1. Granite counter top slabs have a natural beauty
they are available in a vast array of colors, shades, hues, and visual
marble textures. You can find samples with any color combination - black,
white, brown, blue, green, red, orange, and beige and any combinations of
these colors to suite your taste and decor. One double edge sword is that
no two granite slabs are identical. You're sure to have a unique kitchen countertop,
but if more than a single slab is needed, make sure all slabs are from the
same quarry batch so colors and textures will match . With a little care and
maintenance the brilliant polish of your granite will last forever.
2. Kitchen granite counter tops are very hard and sturdy.
You never have to worry about damage from placing very hot pots or pans directly
on a granite countertop. Other materials are permanently damaged from one
small mistake like this. Properly sealed it is very resistant to stains from
oil, acidic, or colorful foods and other activities that are common on a kitchen
counter top. When sealed properly, granite is easily cleaned bringing back
its brilliant luster and colors. Marble and slate are other stone options,
but neither is as durable, and there are nowhere near as many options as granite
3. Because every slab of granite is different from
the next, any kind of character or personality can found, from soft colorful
swirls, to uniform distribution of colors and textures. The natural beauty
can complement any type of hardware fixture you intend to use on cabinets
and any finish or material for the flooring. The unique brilliance of each
slate adds texture and richness to your kitchen that cannot be rivaled by
any other type of surface material like Formica.
4. The extra expense of using granite for your kitchen
countertop is a great investment in your homes value. Whether you plan to
sell your home any time in the near future or not, using granite for the kitchen
countertop will increase any homes resale value significantly. Buyers often
prefer a newly remodeled kitchen, free of any needs or repairs. If that kitchen
has upgraded materials such as granite, they are often willing to pay more,
or tip attitude from indifference to positive. Likewise, a home with favorable
appeal can reverse buyers positive outlook if the kitchen counter top is finished
in plastic laminate or ceramic tile. Whether a kitchen granite countertop
has was installed when the house was first built or added a few years ago,
a granite counter top will always increase the value of a home.
With so many great reasons for using granite, it's
not surprising builders and contractors have seen increased demand over the
past decade or so - Homeowners want to increase home value for sale, or enjoy
the luxury themselves. If you're convinced that a granite kitchen countertop
is part of your homes future, there's a few things to keep in mind.
1. Carefully choose the right granite color and pattern
to suite your home. Think about the kitchen decor. Will you stick with the
current decor, or do you have something new in mind. Neutral colors can make
the granite versatile with future decor changes.
2. If you select a pattern by looking at samples provided
by a contractor, make sure that you will be the person to choose the actual
slabs to be used. Since every slab is different, you need to make sure the
actual slabs used fit the color and patterns you are expecting.
3. Don't plan on reusing items like the sink or faucet.
Especially the sink, an under-mount sinks look best in granite applications,
and they must be installed prior to the countertop. Because of this, you should
plan on considering only a top quality that will last as long as the the countertop.
That's all there is to it - you are practically ready
to have that gorgeous granite countertop installed in your kitchen. One word
of warning though, be prepared for the gasps, ooohs, and aaahs, from friends
an neighbors when they see such beauty and elegance combined with functionality
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