When updating your kitchen, choosing the right material for your countertops is of the utmost importance. Granite is a popular choice among homeowners today. At Stonesmiths Inc., we’ve seen the addition of granite countertops transform dull, outdated kitchens into timeless gathering spaces. If you’re considering updating your countertops, here is everything you need to know about granite before taking the plunge.
What Is Granite?
Granite is a naturally occurring stone product that is formed over time from volcanic magma. Granite is quarried all over the world, and each region of the world produces stone with specific characteristics. The mineral composition of the stone gives each slab a unique pattern and color. Truly, every piece of granite is one-of-a-kind.
Benefits of Granite
Adding granite countertops to your kitchen instantly increases the value of your home. Because granite countertops are extremely durable, they add long-lasting appeal and value to your home. Plus, since granite comes in so many patterns and colors, it is extremely versatile and customizable.
Durability of Granite
While granite is extremely hard and long-lasting, it is not impervious to damage. Granite countertops are heat resistant, which is perfect for kitchen countertops. But, granite is also prone to stains and surface damage if not properly cared for. To protect your countertops, we recommend periodic resealing. Ensuring that your granite is well-protected is the key to long-lasting, beautiful countertops.
Generally, granite countertops are easy to clean: a microfiber rag and a little water will do the trick. For weekly cleaning, there are plenty of stone cleaners on the market that will both clean and polish your countertops. We advise against using vinegar, abrasives, or harsh chemicals on granite countertops as they can scratch or etch the surface.
To discuss the addition of granite countertops to your home, call Stonesmiths Inc. today. In addition to kitchen countertops, we also fabricate bathroom countertops, bars tops, custom furniture, fire pits, and much more. To discuss your next Indianapolis-area project, contact us at (317) 770-1333.