With the broad range of available countertop materials in the market, finding the one which best fits your home can be a bit overwhelming. From Natural Stone, Solid Surface, Quartz, and Stainless Steel, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect countertop material.

The following should help you decide whether or not Granite has a place in your home:

PROS

CONS

a. Highly Durable

  • Resists scratches (even from knife blades)
  • Impervious to liquids when properly sealed
  • Withstands extreme heat from hot pots and pans without absorbing damage
  • Holds its color and luster even when exposed to extreme weather conditions

a. Requires Regular Sealing

  • Some, but not all, granites require sealing to block liquids from seeping into the stone.
  • Unsealed or poorly sealed granite may absorb wine, juice, or oil, which can stain the stone’s surface.
  • Sealing should be done every year or two in an average household.

b. Naturally Beautiful

  • Has an appearance no human-made surface can match
  • Available in a wide array of colors and textures
  • Every slab is unique. Veins, shade, specks, and swirls vary among each piece.

b. Seams are Sometimes Inevitable

  • Seams are the joints where two or more stone slabs meet.
  • Countertops which are either more than 3.00 meters long or are “L-shaped” will most likely have seams.
  • A professional granite installer will always try to minimize the visibility of seams during installation by matching its color to that of the stone.
  • The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color, and pattern of your chosen stone.

c. Versatile Material

  • Can be used for indoor and outdoor projects
  • Available in various surface finishes to accommodate a broad range of applications
  • Excellent for Countertops, Floors, and Wall Cladding
  • Can be cut into curves, arches, squares, ovals, and the like
  • Edges can be custom-built to fit your taste

d. Safe for Kitchen

  • Granite is a hundred percent natural material, unlike Quartz and Solid Surface (which are part resin).
  • Second to Stainless Steel, it provides excellent bacteria resistance, based on studies (among six countertop materials– Concrete, Tile, Granite, Wood, Laminate, and Stainless Steel).
  • Granite, like all other rocks and minerals, contains traces of radioactive elements. The levels, however, are too weak and are not dangerous.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency of America states that “it is extremely unlikely that granite countertops in homes could increase the radiation dose above that the normal, natural background dose that comes from soil and rocks.”

e. Cost-effective

  • Granite’s longevity makes it a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.
  • In the long run, the cost per square meter of granite is more efficient compared to replacing Formica every ten years.
  • It increases the value of your home. Having it as your kitchen countertop material is a selling point should you decide to put your house on the market.

Reference:

“Granite Countertops and Radiation.” Environmental Protection Agency. 12 Dec. 2014. Web. 8 Apr. 2015. <http://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm/granite-countertops.html>.

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