Granite Is Still One Of The Most Popular Countertop Material
Countertop materials are certainly a personal preference, but there are many reasons for disputes about preferences between couples sharing a home. Many countertop choices can work for various types of homes and their owners, but what kind of countertop is right for you? How do you get your partner to agree that granite is the right material for your lifestyle and home? Well, there is no short answer to this question.
According to an Article written by HGTV’s author Ryan Reed, there are very few design elements that lead to as many heated debates and arguments as the countertop material subject. Homeowners argue about Granite versus Quartz as if it was their Living Will. Ryan says that tuning into the latest episodes of House Hunters will able you to watch prospective buyers and even prospective renters express their opinion about their preferred countertop material. The crazy thing is that the wrong countertop material can deter potential buyers and renters. The debate about Granite, what type of finish, what color and style goes on all the time. Now, if throw Quartz and the latest Wood Countertop Trend into the discussion you are setting yourself up for a full-blown argument.
Granite can be seen in many American Kitchens
Granite is by far one of the most popular choices for homeowners and builders in the USA. There are various reasons why, granite is so well known and so popular, but the top reasons probably come down to Aesthetics, Functionality, and the Cost. This is the case with Quartz also, except Quartz is more cost-effective and considered a more economical material. Many homeowners don’t want to give Quartz a chance because it is considered a man-made stone.
Quartz countertops are man-made and formed by combining 90% ground Quartz, which is a natural hard mineral and blending it with 10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a tough granite-like surface. Quartz is extremely durable, and the most significant benefit is that Quartz is non-porous. Non-porous and affordable is the reason why Quartz holds the #1 position in favorite materials for countertops throughout the country. In addition to being affordable and non-porous, the material offers many design options and colors. It is practically maintenance free. Quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite but is quite a bit more forgiving, and it won’t chip or crack as easily.
So let’s talk about Granite and why it has been a very popular timeless choice for a long time. The Countertop material chosen by builders for high-end Apartment Homes is usually Granite. The Keyword being “high-end”. The look of the Granite gives homeowners the opportunity to express themselves in an artistic kind of way. Granite comes in many variations of colors and finishes, and it can be bought in the form of tiles or slabs. Granite tiles are much more affordable than slabs and also offer more options when it comes to the install. Tiles can still look as elegant as slabs. Granite is being provided at many price points and usually cost more than Quartz.
Granite can be the dramatic center focus of a kitchen island, add sleek, classic elegance to a modern style penthouse, or serve as a neutral functional countertop that adds a quality look to any style home, condo or apartment.
Granite is a natural rock formed by the cooling and solidifying of molten materials that are simply composed of quartz and feldspar. Granite is one of the hardest surfaces available on earth. Endless choices and color variations make it an exciting venture for young couples and first-time Homeowners to shop for the perfect slab. Granite is also the standard material used for kitchen upgrades in older homes.
Granite comes in various finishes that will help homeowners make a choice based on their current lifestyle and family circumstances
In the recent article published by Ryan Reed (of HGTV) three choices for finishes were recommended for Granite.
- Polished. This smooth, reflective surface draws out the color and texture for a rich look. It’s the least porous finish option, which is great for spills. But the shiny surface also accents any imperfections (and crumbs). So this may not be the choice for compulsive obsessive folks or parents with small children. Polished Granite is, however, the most popular, probably because it is fairly easy to clean.
- Honed. While still smooth, this finish is not shiny and reflective. Though a honed finish doesn’t bring out the color as much, it does cut down on glare and mask imperfections. The surface is slightly more porous. Hmmm, let us think about the porous aspect and what this can mean to you. “Heated Hair Gadgets” such as curlers, flat irons, and hot combs are not your Granite’s best friend, so think twice about the Countertop material you choose for your Teenager’s bathroom.
- Leather. This finish, created when fabricators move diamond-tipped brushes across the surface, conveys the look and feel of textured leather. Like a polished surface, it is less porous and highlights the color; like a honed surface, it disguises crumbs and streaks. This may be the perfect choice for those that hate crumbs and those with small children or annoyingly messy teenagers.
How to keep your Granite Countertop looking brand-new
Use a microfiber cloth and lukewarm water to wipe your granite countertops daily. If you are using household cleaners, make sure that they are suitable for granite. Certain oils and acids can stain the Granite as can the pulp from flowers. A hot flat iron can also stain Granite. Most natural Granite has to be resealed annually to keep the granite looking amazing.