Granite is the perfect go-to material for bathroom and kitchen countertops, providing a high quality and unique appearance at a reasonable cost, with relatively stress-free maintenance.
The versatility of the material means that it works well for large kitchen counters that will see a lot of daily action for food preparation. But granite is just as suitable for bathrooms, offering a great finish for counters that will help make the room have its own strong identity.
Granite is a hard igneous rock that is in wide supply, and has long been popular for use as construction material. Granite countertops can be produced in an impressive range of styles and colors from solid whites or blacks to more textured styles. The sheer range of styles available makes granite a great option no matter the design of the bathroom or kitchen.
The price range of granite is also comparable to alternative materials such as quartz, yet with additional benefits from its competitors. While it's possible that a large-scale project will end up being more expensive than other options, the long-term benefits are worth it.
Granite countertops are an eye-catching part of any room, although bear in mind that no two slabs of granite will look alike -- plan ahead to incorporate this interesting variety in the room.
Using granite for countertops in a kitchen or bathroom will even help boost a home's resale value in later years. The countertops never depreciate in value and are often sought out as a specific item on a wish list by people looking to buy a place, so the after-purchase value of using granite countertops more than pays for the upfront cost in installing them.
After selecting the type of granite for either a bathroom or kitchen, the material will then be cut into slabs that will fit the desired shape, whether large or small. Granite is strong, so there's no need to worry about hot objects leaving burn marks when left out, or for minor scratches to leave permanent damage.
If there is a downside to granite, it's a minor one: the material can be a little more prone to stains than other substances if it is not properly sealed with chemicals to prevent this from happening. But this minimal problem is easily solved with some extra care to avoid accidentally leaving a stain on the countertops – just be sure to clean a spill immediately. Cleaning is relatively easy using water, a cloth, and mild soap. There's no need to use acidic cleaners as they might leave a mark.
More regular upkeep of granite countertops can be as simple as a yearly application of sealing materials in order to avoid them soaking up liquids that might spill and risk staining. Sealing the countertops also has the benefit of reducing the need to disinfect against any bacteria that might otherwise seep through the granite as the result of a spill or other accident.
All of these reasons – the comparatively reasonable cost, the great visual impact, the ease of maintenance, and the financial value added to a home – make granite the go-to material for the bathroom or kitchen countertop.