Granite countertops are the most durable for your kitchen when compared to other natural and manmade surfaces. If you are considering countertop materials for your kitchen renovation or upgrade, you’ll definitely want to put granite at the top of your list.
How Are Granite Countertops More Durable Than Other Materials?
Granite is a natural, strong stone that is more durable than other materials, such as marble. Marble is a softer stone that is highly porous and is prone to both absorbing liquids and staining if not immediately wiped clean. Marble is also more susceptible to chips, cracks, and scratches over time. Granite is more resistant to such wear. And although granite can stain or discolor if a spill is allowed to sit, it won’t stain if you wipe it up pretty quickly.
When compared to any other non-stone countertop materials such as wood, laminate, cultured marble, or glass, granite definitely the most durable. While not entirely scratch and chip proof, granite countertops remain highly resistant to accidental damage. Granite is also resistant to both staining and heat damage. And with a few simple care techniques, your granite can stay as beautiful as the day it was first installed for many years to come.
Granite’s supreme beauty and durability make it a top choice for homeowners across America and in other countries as well. It has become the item of choice in today’s upgraded kitchens and bathrooms.
The Value of Granite Countertops in Your Home
By simply upgrading your countertop material to a natural granite, you are adding immediate value to your home. Granite used to be only available in higher-end homes. But with the continued widespread use of granite over the last few decades, the price has become more affordable to the average homeowner. Today, granite is highly popular in mid-range homes, and is more frequently found in starter homes as well.
Granite is available in a huge variety of colors and patterns: from solid black, to natural tones to exotic patterns that that include natural veining, spots, and flecks of color. The selection is as varied as a person’s individual tastes. Granite is also available in a number of edge treatments, which can add to the individuality of each granite application. Plus, each slab is unique itself. Because they are made in nature, no two slabs are identical in their pattern.
So, due to granite’s high durability, the initial cost of cutting and installing your granite slabs is well worth the investment. Granite far outlasts its cheaper alternatives and adds a timeless, natural beauty to any part of your home.
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