When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of having a granite countertop, the choice comes down to two important factors; lifestyle and budget. First, let’s start with the pros.
Granite Countertop Pros:
Resistant to Heat - When it comes to resistance to heat. granite countertops are the best natural option to go with. Many homeowners prefer to have the option of putting a hot pan right off the strong directly onto their countertops. With granite countertops, you have the choice of placing a hot pad under the pot or to simply place the pot on their countertops! Granite is not only a great solution to your kitchen countertops, but also for your outdoor barbecue or fireplace surround.
Resistant to Scratches - Granite countertops are extremely resistant to scratches. Using a cutting board is optional as you can cut up your food, fruits and vegetables directly on top of your granite countertop. We do however recommend using a cutting board, granite countertops are scratch resistant but not scratch proof!
Maintenance - Most of our granite slabs at Nadsto come pre-sealed. That we you do not have to worry about sealing your countertops anytime soon. However, if the slab is not pre-sealed, you would only have to apply a sealant once or twice a year.
Price - The majority of slabs, natural or engineered, range anywhere from $5-$100 a square foot. Granite slabs are on the lower end and typically average to $10-$15 a square foot. Fabrication for granite slabs are around $80 a square foot, where Quartzite slabs are around $120 a square foot.
Granite Countertop Cons:
Porous - Granite slabs are porous, meaning poorly sealed or unsealed granite countertops would absorb any wine, juice or oil that is spilled on the counter. As a result this would stain the countertop and make it very difficult if not impossible to remove. Unsealed granite countertops also harbor bacteria in its pores.
Weight - The heavy weight of granite slabs would require reinforcement on any overhangs 8 inches or more. Furthermore, some cabinets may require additional support placed under the granite countertop to support its weight.
Overall granite countertops can be a great choice for your home. The pros and cons are some things to consider when deciding if granite is the right material for you. Check out www.nadsto.com/naturalstone to see some handpicked granite slabs we believe can be the right fit for your kitchen and bath.