Upgrading or renovating your kitchen is no small affair. It’s not something you want to do more than once, so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. When it comes to replacing your kitchen counters, there are so many options out there that you might feel overwhelmed and ill-informed.
Granite countertops have been around for ages and are still very popular today, so you’ve probably heard about them. If you’re wondering whether or not they are the right choice for your future kitchen, here are a few points to consider:
First of all, what exactly is granite?
Granite is an extremely durable natural stone. It contains a variety of crystals such as quartz and mica which gives granite countertops a unique look and feel. No two slabs will ever be the same and they come in a variety of designs and colors to fit most any décor.
Granite countertops are heat, impact and scratch resistant. They are likely the last kitchen counters you will ever install. They add to the value of your home and won’t depreciate. They are extremely easy to clean – water and a mild detergent are all you’ll ever need to keep them shiny. Of course, they are also beautiful, smooth and cool to the touch. They will give any kitchen a classy and ageless look.
What are the cons of granite counters?
Granite counters tend to absorb oil, although the application of an adequate sealer will make them oil resistant. If you’re worried about oil stains even after applying the sealer, you should choose one of the darker colors as stain will be much less visible than on lighter granite counters. Granite kitchen counters last forever, and that is a good thing, but it also means that you need to make sure you are completely satisfied with your choice of color, thickness and molding. If you later choose to paint your kitchen a different color or get some new cabinets and the color of your granite counters is no longer appropriate, your only option will be to rip them up and start over.
How can I afford it?
Most people think granite kitchen counters are out of their reach because they are so expensive. The fact is that granite countertops really aren’t that pricey, and offer a range of options that will make a big difference in the overall price. The pricing of granite counters depends on the thickness of the slab, the edge treatment (or lack thereof), the size of the slabs and how many different pieces need to be installed, and the color (blue granite is the most expensive of them all). Knowing this fact, consider your options, you might be able to afford a more consistent granite countertops with no fancy edge, especially if you choose one of the more affordable colors. If you have a very large kitchen, you might consider installing a granite countertop only on one area, like the island, and choosing a more affordable option for the counters.
If you have any questions or need some help in figuring out how granite countertops can work for you, we’d be happy to help. Feel free to visit our web site for contact information and more, United Granite now proud to service Annapolis Maryland area wit the Crofton Maryland location.