When it comes to adding value to your home there are very few investments as beneficial as granite countertops. Granite countertops, especially those installed in the kitchen can be the make it or break it factor for buying or selling any home.
When properly sealed and maintained, granite countertops are virtually scratch, stain, and chip resistant. No other material can make that boast save diamond.
Maintenance is relatively simple, usually not requiring more than hot water and a soft cloth, and periodic re-sealing, which tends to be about once a year. Since no special cleaning agents are necessary to clean off stubborn stains, this can save you money.
Granite is durable enough to allow food prep such as cutting vegetables directly on its surface. Cutting boards can harbor bacteria over time as they accumulate grooves and indentions from repeated use. This does not happen with granite as most knives are not made of adequate tensile strength to do any damage to the stone.
The cool stone surface is ideal for prepping and kneading dough for any and all baking projects. This can add joy to the holiday season if you enjoy baking.
It is heat resistant, meaning that if you neglect to use a heat pad when placing hot pans directly on its surface you need not worry about burn damage. This also applies to leaving a curling iron on the counter in the bathroom should the countertops there be made of granite as well.
Granite countertops tend to add a minimum re-sale value of ten percent to your home, and can add around twenty-five percent of the retail value to the appraisal value of your home. While there are no guarantees on specific numbers, it is clear that there is a marked increase, and never a decrease on a well-installed countertop.
Because of the way granite forms naturally with its variations of colors, vein variations, and added flecks no two countertops are alike, making each one distinctive and unique. How many other features of a home provide practical use while also coming close to being a work of art?
The cost-effectiveness of granite is seen in the installation cost versus the longevity of the stone. With easy maintenance it will outlast most other features of your home. It will not degrade, or need replacing due to aging.
Granite countertops add a sense of elegance to any kitchen or bathroom with their natural stone appeal and custom edging. The rich tones ranging from earthy to some more colorful variations can complement a wide range of decorating styles, and provide the perfect accent or focus depending on preference.
Granite slabs can be cut to allow customization with sink and faucet designs for a one of a kind look, giving your home unique value. It is also possible to have special cuts made to hold soap dispenses for added refinement.