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Why Are Granite CountertopsBetter Why Are GraniteCountertops Better Over the last decade granite countertops have exploded in popularity, becoming the de-facto choice for home remodelers looking for a high class, extremely attractive, and solidly durable kitchen countertop solution. While kitchen decorating fads have come and gone, it’s clear to everyone “in the know” that granite countertops are here to stay. Unlike many other popular materials and redecorating choices to come and go over the years, granite countertops offer a whole slew of practical benefits that have nothing to do with fashion or temporary taste. The first, and most obvious, practical reason why granite makes a great material to make countertops out of is the material’s durability. As a powerful, heavy-duty stone, granite is highly resistant to a wide range of different stressors and environmental dangers common within kitchens and any other room you may place granite countertops within. Granite is particularly good at resisting heat. Like nearly all stones, granite is able to come into direct contact,for an extended period of time, with a high degree of heat without warping, distorting,or sufferinganysort of damage- either long term or short term. In most kitchens you will need to place some sort of coaster or other heat- redirecting item beneath pots and pans that you’ve pulled directly from the over or the stovetop. With granite countertops you will be able to place all of your pots, pans, and other heated cooking implements right on your countertops without a second thought. This single feature provides so many cost-savings and efficiency granting moments during the preparation of the average meal you will immediately understand why granite countertopshave become so popular, so quickly. In addition to its heat-resistant properties, granite is also a very tough material. Granite is so tough, in fact, it can handle the daily abuse brought by a regular stream of heavy and sharp kitchen tools without dinging or damaging. While cutting boards are generally preferable for a wide variety of reasons, you don’t need to worry too much about knifestrikes or slashes carving gullies or ditches into your granite countertops. Likewise, you don’t need to worry about dropped pans, meat hammers, or other large, heavy, blunt metal instruments taking dings and chunks out of your countertops when they’re made from granite. Combined with the material’s natural heat-resistant properties, granite’s ability to deflect metal abrasion makes it clear why this material makes an incredibly practical choice for a countertop. A big reason why granite is so effective at reflecting damage from metal is the fact this stone is incredible dense. Granite isn’t the only stone that can be used for countertops but it is among the densest. And granite’s density provides benefits that go well beyond simply being able to stand up to the dings and crashes of daily kitchen life. Granite’s density makesit ideal for deflecting another common problem plaguing countertopsmade from less sturdy material- staining. The density of Granite Countertops Why Are Granite CountertopsBetter granite allows it to be largely stain resistant, especially in the short term. Granite does need to be sealed to provide the maximum amount of stain resistance possible, however this sealant is little more than an added level of protection for a material that is already exceptionally good at resisting staining and retaining its natural coloring and surface texture. Now,no one is going to recommend you get granite countertops so you can leave highly colorful, stain-prone cooking materials on your countertops all day long. Even with granite countertops it’s a really good idea to continue to clean up your messes as quickly and as effectively as possible. The main difference lies in the fact cleaning is a much less urgent matter when you have granite countertops than countertops made from a variety of other materials. Many other common countertopmaterials stain very easily, either due to their poor quality construction or their porous nature (or both). With these stain-prone materials you will need to clean off your countertop almost as soon as any sort of cooking ingredient finds its way off your stove or cutting board. As you can imagine, this is extremely inconvenient. Cooking takes focus and the more complicated the recipe the more focus it will take. If you’re working on many different recipes at one time, for example if you’re working on a meal for more than just a couple people, then the last thing you want to have to worry about is a stain on your countertop because you left those sliced strawberries out for more than 2 seconds. With granite countertops you should still clean as quickly as you can whenever you cook, however you won’t need to rush over with the cleaning cloth every 2 seconds, freeing your time to focuson what really matters- the meal you’repreparing. Now,granite may be an exceptionally beneficial material to make your countertops from and it does carry with it a couple of downsides that need to be mentioned, if only briefly. Granite, as you can imagine from a stone this strong and this durable, is very heavy,especially compared with the average countertop material, which tends to be very lightweight and even a little flimsy. Because granite is very heavy there are a few important notes you need to keep in mind when using this material for your countertops. First,granite countertops are often more difficult to install than other formsof countertopbecause they are more difficult to lift and to maneuver. This isn’t a serious problem, and it isn’t much of a problem at all if you aren’t the one doing the installing, however it is worth making note of when selecting your countertopmaterial if you are installing these fixtures yourself. Next, because granite countertops are very heavy you need to make sure they are installed on a strong and sturdy base. The lightweight of conventional kitchen countertops allows all sorts of weak materials to be used for any stands or cabinets sitting below them. By contrastgranite Marble Countertops Why Are Granite CountertopsBetter countertops require a base, whether a stand or a cabinet, made from materials that are strong enough to support a thick slab of stone. Once again, this isn’t a significant problem as the sturdier wood you will need to use for your countertop’s base will increase the functionality, the beauty, and the resale value of your home. Which leads to the second problem some people have with granite countertops- due to the high quality of this material granite is more expensive to purchase than some other materials you might make your countertops out of. Yet granite countertops represent an investment whereas other materials represent far more of a short term solution to a long-term problem. Granite countertops will last longer than their less expensive and lower quality counterparts, and granite countertops will retain their practical and economic value for far longer. Because granite countertops are both popular and highly functional, installing them will immediately increase the resale value of your home dramatically, and it’s not hard to see how granite countertops can recoup their initial investment over the life of your kitchen. Overall, the benefits of granite countertops are extremely clear, especially in contrast to the downside of cheaper and less beneficial countertop materials. While it’s easy at first glance to write granite countertops off as another fad, a closer look demonstrates why these fixtures are in such high demand and why they will remain popular much longer than a mere “fad” ever would. Kitchen Countertops
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