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Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

When it comes to choosing countertops, granite is a popular option. But before you make your decision, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of this material. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about granite countertops.

Sustainability:

Thinking of giving your kitchen a facelift with granite countertops? Before you commit, consider the perks. Unlike engineered materials which require heavy processing and end up polluting our environment, granite can last for centuries when sourced from quarry sites – as it’s already close to perfect in its natural state!

Heat Resistance:

And fear not; if you accidentally leave something scorching hot on that beautiful surface whilst rushing around prepping dinner – don’t worry—granite won’t blister or melt away under heat exposure. Want to make sure your kitchen counters (and you) stay safe? Experts suggest using a trivet for appliances that generate lots of heat, like Crockpots. It’s an easy way to keep both of you cool!

Scratch Resistance:

Granite is a highly scratch-resistant rock, scoring an impressive 7 out of 10 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale. While you can use it for food preparation and chopping tasks, that’s not recommended – doing so could damage cutlery or leave behind residue which proves hard to shift!

Seams:

When fitting granite countertops in kitchens with more complex shapes than usual (U/L Shapes), multiple seams may be necessary although these are usually blended together using custom color epoxy making them less visible. Even large islands don’t necessarily require seams as typically this material measures up to 9ftx5ft per slab!

Undermount Sinks:

Looking for the perfect finishing touch to your granite countertop? An undermount sink adds both convenience and style! With no lip, crumbs or spills are swept straight into the basin. From cast iron to stainless steel, there’s an array of materials available so you can create a perfectly tailored look with ease.

Backsplash Options:

A backsplash can add an elegant touch to your surface. One thing to keep in mind – since coved backsplashes aren’t available with granite countertops, a separate four-inch piece of your stone can be mounted over your current surface to create a 4″ backsplash. Alternatively, you can opt for tiled or full-height granite backsplashes that are sure have heads turning!

Repairs:

Even though it’s rare, sometimes granite countertops get chips and cracks. Don’t break out the superglue yet! Get in touch with your us to schedule a service call for a professional repair – we can fill any voids using an epoxy that matches the color of your countertop perfectly.

Sealing:

Granite may be porous, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! To protect your countertops and prevent liquids from being absorbed too quickly, many fabricators apply sealers before installation. Our team will seal your countertops upon installation to prevent bacteria from growing on your stone.

Maintenance:

Granite countertops are a great choice for anyone looking to avoid the hassle of maintenance- their hardy construction and advanced sealer technology make them resistant to damages that would require repair or renovation. And when it comes time do reapplying your sealant, Artistic Marble is here to help!

Colors Available:

Nature’s beauty comes in all shades and forms! With natural stone, you can expect earthy tones as well a unique patterns that vary from slab to slab. There are certain types of granite with bright colors available too, but it never hurts to take an up-close look at the exact slabs for your kitchen before diving into any big decisions. Plus some exotic granites have such stunning waves across their surface – seeing them is truly breathtaking so having a sample isn’t enough…you’ve got to see ’em all!

Stain Resistance:

Granite is an incredibly durable choice for a countertop; whether opting for the more classic dark hues or lighter varieties, it can easily repel all kinds of stains.

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