If you walk into any modern home, one of the first upgrades you will notice are granite countertops. There are many countertop materials you can use but the number one sought after material is granite. It takes any room from blah and boring to upscale and luxurious. Upgrading low quality countertops to high end granite pushes your kitchen over the edge from builder’s grade standard quality to deluxe and exquisite.
Granite has been recognized as a symbol of opulence for centuries and you can find it in doctor’s offices, expensive hotels and retail establishments. There are many reasons why bringing the superior quality of granite to your kitchen is a good idea.
There is something grand about the look of granite that just polishes off a kitchen, transforming it from ordinary to extraordinary. The visual appeal of natural stone gives your home a rich beauty you can’t get from anything else. Since it comes in a wide variety of colors, you can match your beautiful granite countertops to any cabinet and paint colors. You simply cannot duplicate the look of natural granite stone with its unique veins, swirls and flecks. Every piece is different thus giving your kitchen a true, one-of-a-kind feel.
Increases home value
Think of granite as adding a rare piece of art to a collection. When you install granite in your kitchen, you are adding a rare element that increases the value of your home. When it comes to approval of your home, granite increases a buyer’s good opinion.
The kitchen is often a make it or break it area when prospective buyers walk through. Granite countertops add are a nice bonus to your home and they also increase your home’s value. Swapping out lower grade formica or laminate countertops with granite is always in style as granite never loses in a popularity contest.
Your kitchen gets used a lot and can take a beating over the year. You want countertops that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Granite countertops are very durable. They don’t scratch or chip and are the best kid-friendly option since these countertops are difficult to damage. You can use knives on granite without any worry. Adding a sealer to your granite is always a good idea as this helps avoid lighter granite countertops from staining.
Because granite is a natural stone and resistant to the elements, it can withstand high temperatures. You can set hot pans on granite without fearing discoloration or burning. They will not melt or blister and while trivets are still recommended, granite is dense enough to handle the heat.
Less bacteria and dirt
Granite is a non-porous surface this it does not harbor germs and dirt like other surfaces do. Kitchens get grimy and dirty and you want countertop surfaces to be easy to clean. Granite countertops are among the easiest surfaces to clean with their solid, smooth surface. You can get these surfaces cleaner than most other countertop materials. That will give you great peace of mind as your knead your bread doughs and roll out sugar cookies.
Easy to maintain
Granite countertops are a low maintenance type of countertop. Wiping with a warm, mildly soapy rag is all you need. Granite sealants have come a long way where you really only need a sealer once every 3 to 10 years. They wipe off easily and are the perfect family friendly option for all messes, spills and day to day use.
The biggest selection of granite around
Arch City Granite has the largest selection of natural granite slabs around. You can browse colors and looks in person, inspect them in depth and decide if it is the right look for you. Our showrooms in the St. Louis and St. Charles have a beautiful selection of granite, quartz, marble and soapstone. We are excited to help you select the perfect piece for all your countertop needs.