GRANITE countertops pros and cons
Granite is an intrusive igneous rock that is formed underground by the slow cooling of molten material (magma) that solidifies as it flows. Across the world, since antique times, granite has been known as a strong building material. Much ancient granite construction and cultural objects remain intact, standing for thousands of years as proof of the rock’s sturdiness and durability.
With the development of mining equipment and increasing efficiency of the extraction process, granite has become the material of choice for today’s homes and commercial facilities and is widely used for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
As with any other material, granite surface has pros and cons, and its longevity may depend on the application area.
Pros of Granite countertops
- Durability: Being a solid natural rock, granite is one of the sturdiest and most durable surface materials that are not susceptible to scratches and can withstand the test of time.
- Heat Resistance: Granite is naturally a heat-resistant material; the placement of hot objects, like heated pottery, will not be a problem.
- Look and exclusivity: Every slab carries its original contours, patterns, and colors as a natural material. With the vast number of shades to choose from, granite can enrich any kitchen or bathroom design with its timeless aura and enduring appeal.
Cons of Granite countertops
- Maintenance: Despite its sturdiness, Granite is still a porous material that may absorb spilled liquids, which may turn into permanent stains. As a preventive measure, regular resealing is highly recommended.
- Installation: Granite surfaces are not recommended for do-it-yourself installation. Special tools and skills might be required for professional installation due to the high weight of the material
- Price: Pricing will depend on the source and type of Granite, but it is definitely among the most expensive materials in the surfacing industry.
Granite is one of the most durable constructions and surfacing products, which will often outlast the building in which it is installed—highly recommended equally for kitchen and bathroom countertops.