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Why A Granite Countertop?
There is no telling what the heart of a home truly is, but the kitchen is definitely one of the most important areas of the home, so it makes sense that you should keep it updated.
Keep Your Kitchen Updated
Updating your kitchen counters is a wise choice, especially if they are outdated or use a fabricated material. It is best to choose a natural option, which should boost your home's value and make it easier to prepare food. The two best countertop options available are granite kitchen countertops and quartz counter tops.
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There are a number of reasons why granite is so popular for counter tops! There are over 3000 different colors, which come in a variety of polishes. Some granite counter tops have colors that are very consistent across the slab; others have all the colors of the rainbow with any type of movement you can imagine. They come polished, to create a high shiny gloss or leathered and honed, for a luxurious texture. Granite can be classy and bright or rugged and dark. The options are endless.
Granite is very durable, heat resistant, and when sealed properly very easy to maintain; in many cases it can increase the value of your home. Second only to diamonds in hardness granite is tough and durable. It resists cracking, scratching, and chipping.
Granite counters work well in the kitchen and bathroom. Keep your granite counter tops well maintained, and they will last a lifetime. The key is to have them installed by an experienced professional. For more information: Contact Us.
A Closer Look at Granite Kitchen Countertops in Boise
Another good option is to go completely natural with a granite kitchen counter. There is no comparison when it comes to granite as it is considered one of the most luxurious materials that a kitchen can use. It comes in a variety of shades, which should help you find one that matches your home.
Granite is completely natural, so no two granite kitchen counter tops are exactly the same. Granite is one of the strongest materials that can be used for your kitchen counter. It is so hard that it can resist scratches from your strongest blades. Still, you should probably limit the amount of times you use it to cut vegetables, fruits, or meat since the granite is strong enough to dull your blade.
A perk that most cooks love about granite counters is they can resist heat a lot better than other materials. You can actually place a hot pan directly on the surface of the granite without worrying that it will crack under heat.
Granite can absorb liquids but only if the granite is not properly sealed. The counter top should be resealed from time to time to ensure that liquids are not able to sink into the granite, causing permanent stains. There is no doubt that granite does need a little more care, but the beauty it is going to add to your kitchen is worth the effort.
It is clear to see that natural stone counter tops are the way to go, so all you have to do now is figure out which one will work best for your home. View our granite counter top installations to learn more.
Granite Countertops: Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re contemplating having granite countertops installed, these common questions and answers may aide your decision-making process.
Why is granite all the rage, especially in kitchens?
Natural stone is quite beautiful. People who are sensitive to chemicals may prefer it because it is natural. Granite is very durable and scratch resistant, making it low maintenance. It comes in many colors and patterns.
How do you maintain granite countertops?
You can wipe it down daily with a soft cloth and water. Acidic cleansers should be avoided. Although granite is not as soft as marble, it can be harmed when regularly exposed to acidic substances. Regularly using a cleanser specifically designed for granite countertops can help preserve its luster and extend its life, so it will keep looking like new for years. We suggest using CEK Stone Cleaner.
Will my seams show?
Seams can show, but standard practice is to design the countertop to place seams in a way that minimizes their obtrusiveness. It is common to place them near the sink. You can also reduce the need for seams by designing kitchens with shorter stretches of countertop. For example, you can have a kitchen island instead of a very large L-shaped, wrap-around countertop. This can allow you to create two smaller surfaces, neither one needing a seam, instead of one continuous surface that will need a seam.
What can I do to protect my granite countertop?
You can seal granite to protect it from spills and stains. Sealers come in two types: Topical sealers and impregnators. You can speak with Cutting Edge Kitchens about which one is best for your needs and a schedule for how often to seal it. Typically, granite that needs sealing will be resealed about twice a year.
Do all granite countertops need to be sealed?
No, only those that are porous. Although granite is the hardest stone known to man, its porosity varies from quarry to quarry and from slab to slab. But this characteristic is easily checked by pouring a little water on it in an inconspicuous location. If it sits there for 30 minutes, the countertop does not need to be sealed. If it absorbs rapidly, the countertop should be sealed.
Is granite scratch proof?
No, it isn't. Although granite is very hard, thus scratch resistant, it is possible to scratch it. Therefore, you should always use a cutting board when doing vegetable prep or other knife work in the kitchen. This will both protect your granite countertops and protect your knife blades. Cutting directly on granite can dull kitchen knives and shorten their lifespan.
What about stains and chips?
There are products that can remove stains from granite, so you don't need to worry overly much about spilling fruit juice or other liquids that may stain stone. There are also repair kits that can remedy small chips. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is wise to handle both heavy objects and things likely to cause stains with care around your countertops.