Granite popular because of durability, uniqueness
Countertop experts across the country agree granite countertops are by far the most popular choice among homeowners for kitchen remodels because of their durability and uniqueness.
“Granite started to become really popular about 12 years ago, when the economy was good and more people could afford to have it in their homes,” says Mike Jobe of highly rated Quality Surfaces in Spencer, Ind. “Supply and demand slowly brought the prices down, and now it’s at the point where it’s common.”
“Granite now runs at about $70 per square feet, on average,” the Indianapolis area countertop installation expert says. “But it varies with the quality. More expensive granite has much more structure.”
Jobe says that price will also vary depending on the brand and where you buy it from. “People buy granite because of its natural beauty, and the uniqueness of each piece” he explains. “There are no two that are exactly alike.”
The variation in color occurs naturally, and it is one of the reasons people are so drawn to granite. The coloring greatly differs from other materials like quartz and laminate, which are manmade.
David Rincon and his team from Premium Stones & Countertops in The Woodlands, Texas, insist that there is no lack of colors to choose from with granite. The Dallas area countertop installation experts say there is also a wide variety of patterns from which to choose.
Rincon says in addition to the variety granite offers with appearance, its durability is unmatched. “It doesn’t show nicks or scratches like other options do,” he says.
With a countertop that isn’t easily damaged, the chances that you’ll ever have to replace it are slim. “You’ll get tired of it before you have to replace it,” Jobe says. “It’ll be there longer than you will, that’s for sure!”
Granite does require a small amount of maintenance from time to time. “You’ll have to reseal the granite periodically. There are special sealers you can buy. How often it’s needed depends on the sealer and who’s selling it,” Jobe explains.
Sealing is a quick and simple process – application and allowing time to dry. For specific information about the care of your granite countertops, consult with your countertop installation expert.
On a day-to-day basis, granite is incredibly easy to care for. “Just don’t use harsh cleaners,” warns Rincon. “They could damage the sealer on the countertop. Warm water and maybe a really mild soap would be just fine.”