traditional-kitchen-countertopsHands down, granite is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials, being also used intensively in bathrooms and exterior house decorations. The main reason, why homeowners all around the world love to choose granite as their worktop, is the extreme hardness and the fact that even if decades pass by, it never loses its shine.

Installing Granite Countertops

Having to install a kitchen worktop is not something that everyone can do, especially when we are talking about granite. Here are some tips to be taken care of every time you want to refresh your kitchen look.

  • Transit from warehouse to kitchen:
  • Even though granite is recognized as being a very hard rock, it may break or chip during transportation, and this is not what we want
  • In this spirit, a wooden A-frame has been constructed in order to support transition of the 500 pounds granite slabs
  • Cutting the granite:
  • Scaling the dimensions of your countertop needs to be done in your kitchen or bathroom, to fit perfectly around the sink
  • Special saws:
  • Being a hard rock, not every saw can cut it; circular or standard saws can only cut thin tiles
  • For thicker and larger pieces of granite countertops, water-cooled blades are needed to be used, or for easy cutting, some prefer diamond blades.
  • Sealing your granite countertop:
  • It has a porous surface, making him sensitive to liquid spills and acidic solutions
  • It is not stain resistant, since fluids like wine, juice, oil or vinegar, can easily penetrate into its texture and leave unwanted marks.
  • The solution to avoid these problems is to seal your worktop once every year, but keep in mind that the sealant doesn’t make your granite waterproof; it only gives you extra seconds to wipe out that spill.

Radon Level and its Proportion in Granite Worktops

countertopsDue to the fact that it is a natural stone, it may also slightly contain radioactive elements, like radon and uranium. But don’t be afraid! The media blew out of proportion this fact for marketing and commercial reasons.

The truth is that even a regular garden soil contains radon in a more proportion than granite, and the low density makes it even unlikely to emit harmful gases, according to EPA. For sure this is one of the most interesting fact about granite, but definitely not a crucial purchasing point to take care of. Despite rumors that you may hear looking on the internet, granite countertops are extremely safe to be used in your home and it is for sure a safe material to prepare food on it.

Colors and Decoration Motifs for Granite Kitchen Countertops

Granite may come into 3 main types of color. From light tints to dark black shades, it remains only up to customers preferences to select the most appropriate motif that fits in with his cabinet.

Light Granite Colors:

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Bainbrook Peach
  • Desert Sand
  • Giallo Topazio
  • Golden Beach
  • Imperial White

Dark Granite Colors:

  • Absolute Black
  • Bamboo Yellow
  • Brazilian Black
  • Blue Perola
  • Volga Blue
  • Spectrolite Brown

Sum up, granite countertops must be taken into consideration when redesigning your kitchen and bathroom because of their extreme hardness, shiny look, and last but not least, its low purchasing price.

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In earlier days people would live in homes for thirty to forty years before considering selling their home. But those days are gone. Now, home buyers, and those who renovate them, have to consider several things when selecting an upgrade for the home which they will sell.

Kitchen countertops now need to be based on more than just beautiful looks.

When choosing kitchen countertops, there are three things you want to consider:

  1. potential resale value;
  2. whether the style/color will easily integrate with any future decorating designs/themes;
  3. how easy the countertops will be to care and maintain.

When choosing just the right kitchen countertops, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Consider Their Effect On Your Home’S Resale Value

Looking back at how our parents bought and/or remodeled their homes, they had a much easier time compared to us. For them, they assumed they would be the only ones living in their homes for generations which meant the countertops they chose were fine, because they had no designs on anyone other than themselves looking at whatever strange pattern they chose. Unfortunately people no longer have expectations of living in a home for this long.

When you select kitchen countertops it important you meet your aesthetic needs, but also create something beautiful to look at for future home buyers. The average person stays in their home about seven to ten years. And while there are some people who enjoy the occasional fixer-upper, most want to move into a live-in ready home.

Certain countertop materials like Corain, quartz, and granite will certainly add value to not just your kitchen but your entire home. So consider material choices for overall value. Your countertop needs to be timeless and add as much value as possible.

Choose Color Schemes That Can Be Worked Into Various Decorating Motifs

Decorating trends change over the years. What was fashionable during your parent’s time has gone out of date and a new trend has taken its place. An as much fun as redecorating and remodeling can be, you don’t want to be changing your kitchen counter tops every five years. You want to choose a color scheme which is either neutral or varied just enough so decorating choice in the future will continue to work with the countertops you have now.

You can select earth tones, more neutral colors, or granite patterns; to ensure you are not closing yourself into a specific design scheme. It also reinforces Point #1 – choosing something which people will be attracted to if you do sell your home in the future.

Consider The Long Term Maintenance And Upkeep

Mullet-CabinetDepending upon your choice of kitchen countertop they may, or may not, require regular, routine maintenance and upkeep.

Depending upon your lifestyle, the maintenance of a countertop should be a major factor. Families which are busy may not want a material which requires a lot of regular sealing to prevent any water damage and/or staining. Other families/homeowners may find the annual maintenance of such a countertop enjoyable.

Countertop materials, like granite, need sealing on a regular basis. If damaged they can also be expensive to repair or replace. It is their appearance, however, which gives homes a high resale value.

There are quartz products like Cambria which give you the same high-end look and eliminates the maintenance requirements. And if you want an affordable way to give your home a contemporary look without the maintenance, laminate surfaces such as Wilsonart HD are beautiful. However, you do lose potential resale value.

It is always fun to change the appearance of your home. And when you take into consideration the fact others will be most likely be enjoying it as well, you will enjoy your dream kitchen knowing others will love it as much as you do.