What are the Benefits of Granite Worktops?
The main feature in your kitchen is without a doubt the counter-top. On any given day, your kitchen worktop will be used as the hot pad cutting board, temporary desks, snack bar or food prep station. Consequently, a kitchen countertop that is easy to clean, durable as well as aesthetically pleasing is a fundamental asset to any kitchen design.
Walk into any modern kitchen and the number one sought after item is a granite countertop. In fact, interior enthusiasts and design experts have continuously labelled granite as a ‘rock solid option’ for kitchens over the last decade due to their sturdy material; a trending product which shows no real signs of showing down amongst customers. These design features provide any home with a clean, attractive and contemporary aesthetic that can transform a room into a comfortable and highly coveted interior model.
If you are considering installing a new worktop for your kitchen, or still weighing up the options, here are the top 5 benefits of incorporating the trending ‘Granite worktop’ interiors within your home.
1) Granite counters add value to your kitchen
As aforementioned, Granite countertops are so classic and timeless that they seem to be trending year after year. Granite is widely regarded as the most popular countertop material among homebuyers and has the ability to boost your home’s value by a staggering 25% of its retail value.
As any real estate expert can tell you, kitchens sell homes. Increasingly, the overall design aesthetic of your kitchen can bump up the bidding price by a huge margin – with those that feature modern, granite worktops sell for the best prices. It is generally considered that a remodeled kitchen adds about 80% to 100% of the renovation cost to the home’s selling price. Those homes with granite countertops tend to sell faster and easier than ones without the premium amenity.
In most cases, you won’t get all of the money you spent on the new countertops back, but granite countertops are so desirable that having them in your kitchen will put your home in the forefront of the real estate market. This will result in a quick and profitable sale.
2) Granite counters have longevity and strength
Desirable home furnishings amongst consumers are ones that will not need to be replaced in the near future. It can often be uneconomical to purchase cheaper materials that are susceptible to wear and tear overtime.
Unlike laminate and solid surface counter tops, natural strong stone can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance.
Indeed, granite has the ability to retain its gorgeous look and feel for many years of heavy use. When properly sealed, it is highly resistant to scratches and stains and takes normal wear and tear very well, and can thus handle the demands of an active household with excellent scratch and heat resistance. What’s more, granite doesn’t conduct heat and can withstand up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit without sustaining any damage. Granite surfaces are also unlikely to be marred by cutting, scraping or any other commonplace kitchen activities and have very little maintenance requirements – all you need to do in order to keep your granite counter tops clean and good-looking is wipe the surface with a cloth dampened with warm water and a mild detergent at the end of the day.
This durable, easy to clean, heat- and scratch-resistant surface is very suitable for food preparation and perfect for kitchen counter tops.
3) Granite countertops are practical for kitchens
Because the surface of the sealed granite countertop is not porous, meaning things will not soak into it, your kitchen is less likely to be plagued by dirt, bacteria, and other grime commonly found on countertops and in kitchens. The smooth, sealed surface also allows you to clean up messes from kitchen prep and spills easier.
If you have little ones who like to help in the kitchen but are prone to spilling, or older family members who may do things like set a hot pan directly on the surface of the countertop, granite can take the abuse. And if the family cat has a habit of jumping on counters, then his claws will probably not scratch the surface, either.
Do you need to roll out dough on a flat surface, such as for making cookies or kneading bread? All cooks, whether a professional baker or chef or someone who enjoys culinary arts as a hobby, needs a flat surface for cooking and baking. Granite countertops provide this flat surface in the form of a countertop.
4) Granite countertops also have a complementary nature
Ranging across the spectrum from snow white through vibrant reds and blues, to stark black in color and available in a wide variety of textures, granite can suit any kitchen design and personal taste. Its great versatility allows it to easily match the existing home décor, while adding visual interest to the room and creating a focal point in your kitchen.
Granite surfaces are very versatile and work well in all kinds of interior designs – you can easily find a shade that coordinates with the color of your kitchen cabinets, furniture pieces, and flooring, so that you have a cohesive new look without changing everything in the room. An elegant granite countertop can be easily incorporated in any future renovation plans as well.
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