Granite countertops have never been more popular. The natural stone is at an all-time high in desirability. As more and more people request granite countertops, however, there are a few things they should know.
1. They last a long time.
You need to love the pattern you pick because granite lasts a long time—a really long time. While granite could last even longer, experts say that you can count on getting a good 50 years out of a granite slab used in your kitchen. Accidents do happen, but many can be buffed or polished out.
2. You have a choice of edge styles.
Many home buyers have an idea in their head of what granite is their personal favorite long before they actually go shopping for slabs. What they frequently forget, however, is the edge style. Your granite counter can have a rough edge, a bullnose, or anything in between. A popular choice in modern homes is a waterfall edge, which is simply of way of saying the the granite extends all the way to the floor on a kitchen island.
3. You should ask about hiding the seam.
Any granite installer worth his salt will make every attempt to hide the seam. You can do your part by selecting a granite that lends itself to seams that are easier to hide. Dark, solid colors are easier to work with than fluid patterns. It also depends on the slab. Your granite supplier may have two slabs that pair nicely. Talking to your team in advance helps to avoid disappointment later.
4. Do not cut on it.
Let's re-phrase this. You can cut on granite; it won't damage the granite. It will, however, trash your good knives. Likewise, you can put hot pans on it without the risk of burning or otherwise damaging the surface, which is one of the reasons many homeowners choose granite. It is not indestructible, however. Avoid slamming pots and pans down to avoid chips in the surface.
5. Seal the surface.
Granite is resistant to water and stains, but it should still be polished and sealed by a professional once a year to protect its beauty over time. When installing granite, many people forget that although it is a natural stone, it still needs a little TLC (tender love and care) over the years.
Granite is a beautiful choice for kitchen countertops. If you know the ins and outs of proper selection, edge choices, and maintenance, it will serve you well for decades. Contact a company like Granite & Marble Depot to see what slab options are available near you.