Two of the most utilitarian yet dramatically beautiful countertops are butcher block and granite. Both are convenient for cooks and add a high element of design to a kitchen. However, one is preferable for the long-term use in the kitchen or bath.
Pros and Cons of Butcher Block Counters
People have been prepping food, for years, on butcher blocks. Some cooks even cut food right on a butcher block, although some installers warn against such practice. It is cheaper to install butcher block countertops than granite countertops. Butcher blocks give kitchens a warm, homey look. On the other hand, some critics say putting the butcher block counters all over the kitchen make a house look outdated. To combat this problem in new remodels, some homeowners choose to install just a small amount of butcher block in their kitchens. They install a butcher block countertop as an island or on just on top of a couple of cabinets. A good compliment to butcher blocks in a kitchen are granite countertops.
Pros of Granite Countertops
Many homeowners choose granite countertops over butcher countertops. Granite countertops are beautiful, unique and easy to maintain. They are sanitary and heat resistant (if the countertops are properly sealed). Homeowners can make their kitchen even more unique by choosing rare granite countertops, full of unique colors and mineral veins. They can also choose a complimentary granite backsplash, either in large pieces to fit a wall, smaller pieces to hug the granite countertops or, small granite tiles to put up on walls. With proper care and maintenance, granite can add long-term value to homes and it looks beautiful in the kitchen or bathroom.
Professionals must install the heavy countertops to ensure a perfect seal. The exact measurement is needed to make sure the granite countertops fit. Some cupboards need to be reinforced before installation. For more information about granite countertop installation visit our page on granite.