A remodel can seem like a daunting task with all the different options to choose from, especially if the room in question is a kitchen or a bathroom. From a design viewpoint countertops are the selection that ties the whole color scheme together in. While there are many types of countertops to choose from, granite countertops are one of the best options. Due to the vast color selections available, ease of care and durability granite countertops are hands down the best choice.
Colors! Colors! Colors!
Granite countertop selections are as vast as the mind can imagine. Have some fun with it! Look for a selection that will express your style. If a basic granite selection is chosen, it can go with any future floor choices as well. One of the nice features of choosing granite for your countertops is the ability to also use the same selection for a backsplash. The most fashionable type of granite backsplash is a small 10 mm (4 inch) edge going up from the countertop on the wall. Also, many glass block backsplash designs can be easily partnered with granite for a new design aesthetic.
Ease of Care
Clean up is a breeze with granite countertops. Simply use a damp cloth with a mild cleanser for daily cleaning purposes. Manufacturers agree that the use of bleach based cleaning products is not recommended. Harsh cleaners such as bleach will wear down the seal on the granite. To maintain the shine and kill any germs, a solution of rubbing alcohol and water can be used once a week.
Granite countertops are known for being durable as well as heat, scratch and stain resistant. These countertops can take just about any type of abuse and still look great. Most manufacturers supply a 15 year warranty on granite countertops. The most common maintenance task is the needed annual re-sealing/caulking. This task is easily performed with supplies and directions available from your contractor or a home improvement store.
Granite countertops are an easy choice due to their palette of color selections, ease of care and durability. In addition to these fabulous features, they also add value to your home. If the house is going to be resold, granite countertops are a wonderful selling point. Pairing these countertops with any type of design scheme is easily accomplished. So let the mind explore all the possibilities of utilizing this wonderful material!