Granite Countertops Pros and Cons: What You Need to Know
Who has dreamed of having granite countertops?
Granite is one of the most beautiful things you can put in a room. It covers such a large and visible surface area, it’s like putting on a beautiful dress or suit.
What if that nice suit was durable enough to wear for gardening? That’s what it’s like to have granite counters. They are as beautiful and durable as everyone says.
However, are there any hidden problems or costs with granite? Can you ruin it? Does it need expensive upkeep that no one talks about?
Read on to find out.
Pros of Granite Countertops
Everyone who wants granite knows why they want it. It’s beautiful, it’s natural, and it’s durable. Let’s talk about how beautiful and how durable it is.
A granite surface is so durable you can place a pan straight from the oven onto the surface and not impact it at all. If you have ever had cheaper countertops like Formica, you know this isn’t the case.
Granite is also so hard that it can’t be scratched by anything other than another piece of granite or diamond. In addition, it will not crack if you drop something on it.
You might have an idea of the type of granite you are looking for. However, what you may not know is how much variety there is in the granite world.
Granite is a natural material. The igneous rock comes in white, grey, black, and blue in an almost infinite variety of textures and patterns.
You can often see the slab you want to purchase beforehand. Some pieces have thick veins running through, making a lovely pattern, and some have a uniform, speckled pattern.
The mineral makeup of granite gives it spots of sparkle. And, you can have your granite counters finished any way you like on the edges with either a polish high-gloss look or a matte finish.
Granite is costly compared to factory-made options. You are going to end up spending up to 15% of your total renovation budget on the countertops.
That having been said, granite is not the most expensive option out there. Granite prices have come down over the years since it’s such a popular option.
There are several price points for granite. The thicker the slab and the rarer the variety, the more you will spend.
Cons of Granite Countertops
Granite does cost more than some options, but are there any hidden negatives to this material or the way it’s installed? Read on to find out.
Some homeowners don’t like the inevitable fact that granite countertops will usually involve seams. Since fabricators have to cut custom pieces out of a single slab, there will be seams somewhere.
Typically, installers are good at putting seams in unobtrusive places. However, if you are going for a uniform look, the seams might bother you. You can combat this and lower the price by putting granite on one area only – like an island.
Since granite immediately soaks up the warmth of anything that touches it – including human skin – it feels cold to the touch.
Many people expect this of stone and don’t mind it, but it can be uncomfortable for guests sitting at your island. Put a stick-on heating pad under the overhang to combat this problem.
The other thing to remember if you are in the habit of putting hot pans directly on the stone: that spot is going to stay warm for a while. Unsuspecting guests and children could get burned.
While granite won’t crack under ordinary wear and tear, it can chip – especially on the edges – if you drop something heavy on it. Not to worry.
The fabricators can usually fix small breaks like this, which can’t be said for other materials.
Yes, granite is porous. You might be aware of the porosity of marble, but it’s true of granite too.
If your new counters aren’t sealed or aren’t sealed well enough, they can soak up acidic liquids like wine and have a permanent stain. If you want to keep them pristine, make sure they come sealed and have them re-sealed once a year.
Not DIY Friendly
Maybe it goes without saying? Granite is not a DIY friendly option. It’s so heavy; it takes a team of people to move it and install it. It takes special tools and training to cut and finish a piece of granite to make it look perfect in a particular kitchen.
The good news is, you probably don’t want to DIY your kitchen makeover. It’s the most technical room in the house.
Bringing it Home
Granite does have a few drawbacks. However, it continues to be one of the most popular options for many good reasons.
Do you live in Southeast Michigan? Interested in having your kitchen remodeled and granite countertops? Please give us a call. We would be honored to help!