Many good things have been said about granite countertops over the years, but that doesn’t mean that they do not come with a couple of issues as well. For that reason, we want you to know the pros and cons when it comes to granite countertops, so you can make an informed decision of whether or not they are the best option for you and your home.
Pros of Granite Countertops
1. Resistant to Heat – This is one of the best materials when it comes to heat resistance. You can throw a very hot metal material onto a granite countertop and don’t need to worry if the table will burn or on fire. We do recommend using a potholder or trivet though, especially for those hot items that will be sitting there for a while.
2. Resistant to Scratches – Granite is also one of the materials that you do not need to worry about getting scratches on it, even if your children decide to cut their food directly on it.
3. Works Well with All Sinks – You are no longer required to use a specific type of sink when you install granite countertops. Instead, you can install a cast iron, stainless steel, and even an undermount sink with no problem at all.
4. Variety of Colors – Okay, so you won’t have as much color variety with granite as you would with other materials, but there are more options than you think. Plus, since every piece looks different, you can find the perfect piece with a little searching.
5. Resistant to Stains – As long as you keep your granite sealed properly, you won’t need to worry about any liquids, or even solid foods, staining your kitchen countertops.
6. Resistant to Chemicals – While you probably will not have too many chemicals near your kitchen countertops, it is nice to know that if one of them does spill, your countertop will not be ruined. If acids or other chemicals do get onto your granite countertops too often though, you will need to reseal it to ensure that it does not get damaged over time.
Cons of Granite Countertops
1. Sustainability – While granite is constantly being reproduced by Mother Nature, it can take thousands of years to make granite slabs to replace ones that were quarried. Therefore, this material is not as sustainable as other kitchen countertop materials.
2. Seams – There is no way around the seams in your granite countertops, but we understand why this could be a deal-breaker for some people. Please note that granite fabricators have become excellent at mixing the epoxy to match the color of your granite, so the seams will be less noticeable than ever before.
3. Different Backsplash Options – If you love the look of coved backsplashes, then you might not love the stone slab that is four inches high and placed on the top of your kitchen countertop by the wall. You can place another backsplash over this, but the look will not be as seamless.
4. Maintenance – Granite countertops are considered low maintenance, but you will need to be prepared to reseal your kitchen countertops as needed. Depending on how your countertops are used, you may only need to apply a sealant every few years.
As you can see, the pros of granite countertops outweigh the cons for the most part. Of course, it depends on your needs and what is most important to you when it comes to kitchen countertops, so one of the cons may end up being a deal-breaker for you. However, at least now you know the pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision for yourself.