There is no getting around the fact that
even though they are expensive, granite countertops
are the most popular choice for kitchens
today. If you are building or renovating
with resale in mind, you need to consider
installing granite. Also, it is increasingly
being used in bathrooms. Granite is an igneous
rock with a crystalline coarse grained texture
that is formed from quartz, feldspar, mica
and tiny amounts of other materials, making
it so hard that it will last almost forever.
Granite is very heat resistant, so you can
put most hot pots directly on it. Because
it is a natural stone found around the world,
granite comes in a huge variety of colors
and patterns. It is usually sold in two thicknesses
(3/4 inch and 1 ¼ inches), although thicker
looks can be created by gluing two pieces
of granite together. Slabs sizes are rarely
bigger than 10 feet long by 5 feet wide.
You should consider the following
- Since no two pieces of granite are identical,
adjoining pieces should come from the same
- Although granite is practically nonporous
and therefore resistant to
such as lemon or orange juice
will mark it
if they sit for long periods
of time. Cooking
oils will also penetrate it.
be sealed once or twice a year
with a product
containing fluoropolymers to
- Most granite countertops are highly polished.
Dark colors will show finger
prints and water
spotting. If this concerns
ordering your countertops in
fashionable matte finish.
- Granite countertops are heavy. Make sure
the cabinets you are installing
their weight. The slabs are
by gluing them to the tops
of the cabinets
with silicone or epoxy or by
to a plywood substrate.
- If an entire kitchen of granite countertops
is beyond your budget, consider
for only part of the room or
expensive granite tiles.