Both durable and very aesthetically pleasing, granite countertops are one of the most common options for a countertop in both kitchens and bathrooms in American homes today. There are also over three hundred different kinds of granite, so the granite countertop that you have in your home will be unique from the countertop that your neighbor has in his or her home.
Benefits of Granite
As a natural stone, granite is truly unique, and the slab that you have in your kitchen will undoubtedly be a one-of-a-kind variation from what a neighbor or friend has. Beyond that, granite is also very stain and bacteria resistant so long as you apply high quality sealant to it at least once every year, which we can do for you here at Cincinnati Granite Experts. Furthermore, granite will not blister or melt when it is exposed to heat, so unlike other kinds of natural stone options you don’t have much to worry about if a hot pan or pot comes into direct contact with the surface.
You have hundreds of different granite colors for you to choose from. You can find the most common colors at most retail stores, or you can visit granite showrooms in the Cincinnati area to find designs that are more expensive and rare. We have a variety of different choices here available at Cincinnati Granite Experts, and we can also special order a unique and rare design for you as well.
As with any kitchen or bathroom countertop, there are certain situations that you will want to take into account with granite as well. In most kitchens, granite will have two or three seams, especially if your kitchen is ‘U’ or ‘L’ shaped. You can expect seams in the areas where the countertops will angle in a different direction. The good news is that many fabricators will mix color epoxy together to keep the seams hidden. Otherwise, the seams could cause the granite stone to expand or even break.
As a whole, granite countertops do not require as much maintenance as many other countertop options. However, you will still need to have them sealed at least once every year or so. Don’t make the mistake of putting several years in between the application of new sealant, and actually get it done at least once very year. This can either be done by you, if your know what you’re doing, or by a professional service such as Cincinnati Granite Experts. You should also regularly wipe down your granite countertops at least once every one or two weeks with warm water and soap to keep it free of stains and to keep it shinier as well