Are Granite Countertops Outdated In 2016?

We get asked a variety of questions in our showroom. One that is consistently raised is, “Are granite countertops outdated in 2016?” It may be asked in a few other ways as well, and we’ll provide insight into this and related questions.

In order for something to be considered outdated, it has to fall out of favor and be criticized by designers and the mainstream press. From a quick search of industry forums, real estate forums and websites like Houzz, we don’t have reason to think that it's falling out of favor.

The fact is, granite has been used for 1,000s of years by ancient civilizations for it’s beauty and durability. CounterIQ says that, “Long a consumer favorite, granite will remain a commonly requested countertop material for kitchens and baths [for 2016].”

Granite is still the material of choice for a large percentage of homeowners and it won’t lose its value because of the increased demand for quartz countertops. The natural beauty of the crystals and veining that make granite countertops so appealing, will keep making us fall in love with a certain color that the engineered stone manufactures haven’t figured how to copy.

Granite prices declined slightly over the last decade, making the material more widely available. As such, it's been the material of choice for consumers in recent years. Even though granite has become a little more commoditized, it has not fallen out of favor. In fact, “the continued mainstreaming of the material bodes well for overall granite countertop sales" says Freedonia analyst Pamela Safarek.

So, have granite countertops become less fashionable or less desirable? Not at all, in fact more customers are specifying granite countertops for use in their kitchens and bathrooms.

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John & Sherry

We checked around with several Granite companies before going to Marble &Granite World. I could not have been more pleased than we were. Anise kept his appointment time with us, as another Granite company did not. He was right on time...and did an awesome job. My kitchen is beautiful..he even...

Elie Batouli

I built two new luxury houses on 10+acres each. My competition in the Chapel Hill area did not have granite countertops. I decided to check out Marble and Granite world for their excellent reputation, their great variety of products, knowledge, service and competitive prices. I was pleased with all the...

The Longs

Just had our kitchen countertops done in granite. The Marble Granite World crew did a wonderful job. counter tops look wonderful. can hardly see the seam in the counters and everything was done perfectly. Had read all the customer feedback before we decided to go with them and they did...

Shari

We just had Marble Granite World replace our laminate counter tops with beautiful, exotic granite. It feels like we have a work of art from "Mother Nature" gracing our home. It has definitely improved the value of our home and made such a difference in the feel and function of...

Barbara K

Moving and renovating is not an easy task. Decisions too many to name. One investment, granite counter tops is a huge decision. Our experience with Marble Granite World was terrific. From our first introduction through installation this process was unhurried, thoughtful, and our kitchen could not be more beautiful. Many...