If you are looking for kitchen countertop options, granite is an exceptional material choice. With their stunning appearance and enhanced durability, granite slabs offer a wide range of benefits.
At Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile, we have a large selection of granite countertops as well as professional installation services to meet all your needs.
Why Granite Countertops?
There is a reason granite is one of the most popular countertop materials. Granite is an incredibly durable material that will continue to look like new years after its installation. It is incredibly heat resistant, you can take a hot pot or pan directly off your stove and place it on your granite counter without worry.
Granite is also scratch-resistant. You are more likely to dull your knives than damage your granite counter. All of these features combined make granite into the beautiful and show-stopping countertop material that it is.
When Considering Granite Countertops
Since granite is a natural stone it has certain features that have to be taken into account. No two slabs of granite will look exactly alike. One slab of, say, Typhoon Bordeaux might have a lot of burgundy accents in it and another slab of the same stone might have almost none. While this gives each granite countertop something strictly unique, it is something that the customer has to be aware of when buying natural stone for your kitchen’s design.
Granite is a natural stone and as such has natural pits, fissures, and variations in color and movement. However, none of this implies that the material is weak, inferior, or damaged; it is simply part of the nature of the material. To many, this makes granite very attractive. However, if you are looking for a countertop material that is completely uniform and without variation granite might not be for you.
Maintaining Granite Countertops
Granite has very little upkeep, regular cleaning can be as simple as a quick wipe down with a damp cloth or paper towel, making your countertop easy to maintain. If a little extra cleaning is needed, warm water with a little soap, granite cleaner or most all-purpose cleaners work well. We simply recommend no highly abrasive or caustic cleaners. However, we do recommend that you avoid any cleaners with citrus. If you like to make your own cleaning products, we have our simple homemade granite cleaner recipe available for you!
Sealing is something that comes with owning natural stone. We recommend that you seal your granite every one to two years. Darker granites can be sealed less often and lighter granites should be sealed more regularly.
With proper care, your granite should never need to be repolished. However, in the rare case that your granite would need repolishing, we recommend that you use a professional, such as your granite fabricator.
How Much Do Granite Countertops Cost?
Generally, Granite countertops cost $60 per square foot installed and go up from there.
Pricing for granite has quite a range but it is important to factor in the kitchen design and size as well. Countertops made with a base price granite, say Ubatuba, but complex in design could end up costing just as much as countertops made out of a more high-end stone but in a simplistic kitchen.
The cost of granite may also vary by color. Black- and tan-colored granite is typically the least expensive, while white granite usually costs more. The reason is that black and tan are the most available granite colors on the market, as the majority of mined granite tends to be darker in color. White is less abundant in nature, which means it is more difficult to find. As a result, the price is usually higher.
With that in mind, to get a true idea of pricing for your countertops you should contact us either through our free estimate page, giving us a call, or by stopping by our showroom to get a free quote!
Are Granite Countertops Worth It?
Granite countertops can be a worthwhile investment to increase the value of your home. They have an aesthetic appeal known to pique homebuyers’ interest, and they give your kitchen a “wow” factor. This appeal translates to a higher monetary value, which is an advantage if you are ever planning to sell your home. Because each granite slab is unique, they also offer a level of variation that never goes out of style.
Granite is also stronger and more durable than many other countertop materials. As a result, granite countertops are less likely to become damaged from everyday wear and tear like spills or drops. They are also long-lasting and typically do not require replacement.
While you may be able to find other countertop materials at lower prices, there are very few materials that beat the superior quality of granite. So while you may spend less on upfront purchase costs if you buy a different type of countertop, you will likely have to spend more money on maintenance and repairs, which can result in higher expenses over the long run.
Contact Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile for Granite Countertops
Finding the right countertops is essential to any new build or renovation project. At Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile, we have a wide range of granite countertop options that we custom cut and install to your exact specifications.
With the unique coloring, veining, and movement of each stone, we can help you sift through our different slabs to find the granite of your dreams. Whether you know exactly what you want or you need a little inspiration, we have the choices that you’re looking for. Contact us today to get a quote.