Granite Countertops…A Rock-Solid Investment
The kitchen is the heart of the home. The place family members gather…where kids do their homework while meals are being prepared…the place where coffee and conversation are shared with friends. The kitchen is the one room in your home where updating something as simple as the countertops can elicit high returns when it comes to resale and livability.
While you have many options when it comes to countertops, granite is by far the most durable choice, and arguably the most elegant. Next to diamonds, granite is the second hardest material available. Because of this, you are able to cut directly on the stone without fear of scratching it (but because of this, beware of dulling your knives). In addition, you can set your hot pans directly on your countertop without fear of marking or scorching it.
Granite is available in hundreds of different colors, each with its own distinct characteristics. While polished granite is the most popular, honed and satin finishes are quickly gaining in popularity. Many different edges are available as well, allowing you to more define the style of your kitchen.
Granite countertops last longer than any other surface and require very little maintenance. Typically, routine cleaning with water and a mild soap are all that is required. It is recommended (though not always necessary) that approximately once a year you apply a penetrating sealer to the countertops. This is a simple process that takes 10-15 minutes, which will help protect your stone from any staining.
Granite has never been more affordable. As its popularity has increased, prices have decreased, making it a solid contender in the countertop market. When renovating your home for resale, most realtors will tell you that the kitchen and bathroom are the #1 selling points of any home. For your home to be competitive in the resale market, natural stone countertops are in highest demand.
Since the kitchen is the family gathering place, it makes sense that it be both functional and attractive. Whether choosing counters for you and your family or to increase the resale value of your home, you are making an investment that will last a lifetime. Granite will afford you beauty, character, and durability for years to come.