Granite countertops have risen in popularity over the last few years and have become quite a hot commodity. They are beautiful, durable and very easy to maintain. They are about 15% less expensive than quartz countertops.
Granite countertops are made from granite, a natural stone material that comes from beneath the surface of the Earth, and has formed out of the compressed molten rock. Each piece of granite is different from the next, which explains the different flecks of colour in each piece of granite.
The colour of granite depends on the area it gets harvested from, but each piece of granite is unique. The colours typically range from black, browns, grays and cream, with the occasional rarity of reds, blues and greens – all of which offer a large variety of colours to choose from for your kitchen.
Granite is a porous material. Most fabricators will apply a sealer to granite countertops before they are installed which will protect them from absorbing liquids too quickly. Granite should be sealed as a rule about once per year. Resealing is something that most homeowners can do on their own as the process is similar to cleaning. Simply apply the product and wipe off the excess.
Granite countertops make an excellent investment in your home. The kitchen is more than likely the busiest room in the house. Why not treat yourself to an investment that you can enjoy for years to come.