Chances are unless you have just bought a newly furnished home, your kitchen might need some renovation. And among everything people love choosing their countertops. It is fun, and you get to experiment with numerous designs and colors, combining the countertop with other elements and finally achieving the right look for your kitchen. Exactly because of the possible versatility of a countertop, the granite ones have become quite popular in the past few years, and we can safely say that these are the most durable as well.
Saying this, going for a granite countertop is a good choice as it is sure to last you quite a time (of course with proper maintenance). But on the other hand, no matter how fun the designing process might be, sometimes, you can find yourself in a dilemma for which one you should go. That is why we came up with a few tips on how to choose the right granite countertop for your kitchen. Let’s take a look!
The Pros And Cons Of A Granite Countertop
- When it comes to granite as a material for your kitchen countertop, there are numerous pros comparing to metal or wood ones for example. First and foremost, granite doesn’t lose its value, and your granite countertop will be worth the same even in a few years (of course if you clean and maintain it the proper way). Along with that, it has that beautiful luminous look, and it is one of the most sanitary materials out there. Easy to clean as well with just water and mild soap, you will not have to worry about it degrading over time. And on top of all that granite can’t be damaged by putting a heated pan on it as granite itself is made with the use of heat and pressure in the first place.
- Well, maybe the biggest disadvantage is the fact that it will not deteriorate over time if you take care of it and you might get tired after a certain time while still not having the adequate reason to replace it. Along with that, it can crack if hit by hard objects and it the replacement of the damaged price might be somewhat pricey. And yes the granite material isn’t cheap either especially if you tend to go for the more complex designs. Still, in our opinion, it is more than worth it!
How To Choose The Right Countertop
- First and foremost you should look that the granite countertop is matching with the cabinet colors. So for example, if the kitchen elements are white then going for a white granite countertop as well just with darker veining and maybe simple patterns.
- Of course, when it comes to patterns, there are various choices ranging from solid, speckled and marbled. The speckled one, for example, is not as smooth as the solid or marbled granite but it is great if you want to add significant texture to your kitchen and let it serve as a contrast to for example simple kitchen elements.
- Last but not least you should choose between the tile and the slab granite. While the tile one is somewhat cheaper and easier to install, it has those nasty grout lines that not all people want on their countertop. That is why a slab granite is a better option if you are looking for more luxurious design and willing to open up your wallet a bit more.
Choosing a granite countertop is a matter of your preference, and you should match it with the rest of your kitchen. Your budget plays quite a role as well but if you are willing to be creative and improvise you can get a high-quality granite countertop without breaking your budget!