Granite has long been a popular choice for countertops, but is it right for the kitchen of your dreams? Maybe, maybe not. While there are many advantages of granite, there are also some disadvantages to consider before automatically opting for this particular stone. With your budget, lifestyle, and design preferences in mind, take a look at this list of granite countertop pros and cons to determine if granite is indeed the best choice for you.   

4 Pros of Granite Countertops

1. They’re Naturally Beautiful

Granite countertops are just plain pretty! Because each and every slab boasts unique colors and patterns, granite brings a one-of-a-kind, natural beauty to any kitchen design for a wow factor that lasts and lasts. Which brings us to another pro…

2. They’re Super-Duper Durable 

Not only is granite appealing to look at, but its durability is also hard to beat! Granite is dense and strong, and when properly cared for, it’s resistant to scratches, stains, and even chemicals and heat. That means it’s a long-lasting option that can stand up to just about any kitchen occurrence there is and still look great!  

3. They’re Easy to Maintain

Before your granite countertop is installed, a sealant will be applied that not only helps to maintain its appearance but makes clean-up easy-peasy too. Warm water and mild detergent is all you need to wipe away messes, but it is important to do so right away. Granite may be stain resistant, but as a porous stone, it is not stain-proof. Even with a sealant, it can absorb moisture and bacteria after some time, so be quick to sop up spills. 

Note: You will need to reapply sealant periodically, however, this is as easy to do as keeping your countertop clean! 

4. They Hold Their Value

When you combine granite’s beauty with its durability, it’s easy to see why it wins a lot of countertop popularity contests! It’s also easy to see why it holds its value and is always a strong selling point when and if you decide to move. Sure, granite’s prettiness may come at a pretty price, but you’ll see a return on that investment in the long run.   

3 Granite Countertop Cons

1. They Can Be Expensive 

As mentioned above, the price of granite tends to be on the high side in comparison to other countertop options. Because of the way it is quarried, along with its density and heaviness, granite can carry a hefty price tag, so it may not fit into your budget. Of course, the upfront cost is often worth it in the long run, but you’ll have to weigh whether it’s affordable for you now in order for it to pay dividends later.   

2. They Can Chip or Crack

While granite countertops are typically low-maintenance and resistant to scratches and stains, they can crack or chip if something heavy — like a cast iron pot, for instance — is dropped on them.  

3. They’re Not Always Seamless

If your counter space covers a large area,  more than one slab of granite might be needed, and in this case, there will have to be a seam. In addition, since each slab has its own unique markings, you may end up with a not-so-uniform look from one side of the seam to the other.  

Are Granite Countertops Right For You? 

If you’re interested in granite countertops, but still not sure they’re right for you, or if you’re wondering what installation entails, contact the team at Kowalski today! We’re happy to answer your questions and talk to you about all of the pros and cons of granite, then help you decide what stone countertops might be right for your home, your lifestyle, your budget, and of course, the kitchen of your dreams! 

Kowalski Granite & Quartz

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Grand Haven, MI 49417

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