If you’ve ever watched a home makeover or house hunting show, you’ll know that granite counters are a must have on the lists of many homeowners. So, what is it about this stone that makes it such a necessity for so many people?
What is it?
By geological definition, granite is a light-colored, igneous rock that is formed from the crystallization of magma below the earth’s surface. The mineral composition creates a rock that is usually red, pink, grey, or white with darker grains throughout that are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. It is the best-known igneous rock because it’s the most common found at the earth’s surface and it’s used from common, everyday items such as floor tile, paving stones, and countertops. Interestingly, in the commercial stone industry, not all granite is actual granite. Granite by commercial stone definition is a rock that has visible grains and is harder than marble. This includes stones such as gabbro, basalt, granodiorite, and many more.
Pros of Granite Countertops
Clearly, granite is a much sought-after surface in many homes, and there are many different reasons for that.
Natural and Timeless
Granite is a naturally occurring stone that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals or emit harmful radiations or gasses. It has been used for thousands of years in many different applications and has a beautiful and timeless quality to it. Being a natural stone, there are many different looks to choose from making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Granite makes and exceptionally durable surface. It’s a very hard stone that is not susceptible to scratches, though it will dull your knife blade if you decide to cut on it. It’s also very heat resistant being able to withstand a hot pan being placed on it for a short period of time. Granite is very stain resistant as well and does not absorb liquid if it’s sealed properly.
Granite surfaces in a home add immense value to that home. In addition, the value of granite doesn’t depreciate over time. This means that, although a bit pricey, it’s a very good investment.
Cons of Granite Countertops
As mentioned, granite can get pricey. It falls into the higher range of countertop prices. In addition to the cost of the stone itself, it must be professionally sealed and installed. Proper installation can be up to triple the cost of the countertop itself. Fortunately, you get what you pay for, and a properly sealed and installed granite countertop will last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Granite is a porous rock. This means that it has tiny holes and crevices in it that can absorb water and other materials and harbor bacteria. This is easily combatted by proper sealing of the countertop. A properly sealed granite counter will not absorb liquid.
Granite is now the most common kitchen counter material in the United States. If you’re looking for something truly one of a kind and unique, granite probably isn’t for you. However, the vast array of styles and colors means that it’s easy to find a unique look that perfectly matches your home, even with a common material.
It’s extremely uncommon because granite is typically very durable, but under the correct circumstances, granite can chip or crack. This usually happens if the counter is struck by a sharp or hard object in just the right place, usually a corner.
Overall, granite is a durable and timeless stone for a countertop. Though there are a few drawbacks, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages and it makes a lovely addition to any home.