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4 Features of Granite Countertops for Your Kitchen

Sep 19th 2015 at 2:52 AM

Chances are good that you have at some point at least thought about installing granite countertops in your kitchen. You may be sitting on the fence currently about whether it is the right decision. Granite is a durable, heat and scratch resistant, and porous material that can do wonders for your countertops and add value to your home. Here are some of the advantages of each of these outstanding features.

Second only to diamonds, granite is the second hardest stone in the world (and nobody is making countertops out of diamond). With that in mind, granite is the most likely material to truly stand the test of time in your kitchen. You will not have people knocking into your countertops accidentally and chipping a piece off or cracking the surface. Granite also works well not only in the kitchen but in other areas of your house as well because of the many designs and styles there are to choose from, and how well it withstands stains once it has been treated.

Granite does not conduct heat well at all, which means you can take that pan straight out of the oven or take that saucepan off the hot stove and place it on the countertop. Doing this with any other countertop material would definitely be cause for alarm but granite will not burn or scorch. Still, try not to make a habit of it as if your granite was treated before it was installed, placing extremely hot items on the countertop could compromise the integrity of the treatment.

In addition to being highly heat resistant, granite is also impervious to scratches. Think of all the money you can save on cutting boards with granite countertops. Without hot pads and without cutting boards, you may be able to save a significant amount of space in your drawers and cupboards with granite countertops as well.

Remember that granite is a porous stone and may absorb liquids and retain stains if not treated and maintained regularly. Have a professional apply a sealant to your countertop and then give you some advice on how to take care of it. The standard, however, is to have your granite countertops resealed once every year or so. Once the sealant has been applied, your granite countertops will be pretty difficult to stain at all. Just make sure that you know the best way to take care of your granite so that the sealant remains effective and you can avoid damaging your countertops.

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Author Bio:

Christina has a unique take on interior design. Using color, texture and materials as inspiration for eclectic spaces, she advises home owners on how to bring warmth and style to their rooms. You can find her thoughts at: Storify blog.

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