Granite Countertops for Your Kitchen: 5 Unexpected Benefits

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Granite CountertopsGranite has been one of the most popular home countertop products for many years. People seek out granite simply because it’s the expectation in modern kitchens, but do you know why granite is so popular? If you haven’t spent time researching this product, you may not be aware of the great benefits of this material. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best granite for your home. 

1. Comes in Many Colors and Patterns

Granite comes many colors and designs, far more than you may realize. You’ve almost certainly seen the most common forms of granite, including neutral shades of brown, beige, gray and cream. Did you know that granite also comes in red, green and blue?

Granite ColorsIt’s available in different patterns, including solid, speckled and marbled. If you want granite countertops to match your kitchen, but you also want them to look unique, you have options. Your home improvement expert can help you find the right color and pattern for your home.

2. Easy to Maintain

Granite is highly low maintenance. Wipe down your granite at the end of the day to keep it clean. Your granite may need to be resealed from time to time to prevent it from absorbing spills on your counters. Your home improvement expert can recommend an environmentally-friendly, food-grade product for sealing your granite.

3. Natural

Laminates and engineered stone, made from resins and plastic, are very common in standard kitchens. However, homeowners are turning away from these options in favor of beautiful natural materials from the earth. Granite is made from all-natural rock found in the ground, formed over millions of years. There’s nothing safer or more natural for your kitchen countertops than granite.

Sustainable Countertops4. Sustainable

Because granite is not made from harmful products like plastic, it’s often considered a “green” countertop material by distributors and contractors. If you’re especially concerned about ensuring that your granite countertops are environmentally friendly, work with your contractor to find locally sourced stone. Locally quarried rock requires fewer natural resources for transportation. Given the heavyweight of granite, the less travel time the stone must go through, the better.

5. Lasts a Lifetime

It’s comforting for homeowners to install a product they know they will never have to replace. Granite countertops are one of those products. Granite that was installed decades ago can still be found today. If you’re looking for a product that you can continue to use into your retirement, granite countertops may be your best option.

Conclusion

Granite is a beautiful product, and it can improve the appearance of your kitchen. At Barton's, we help homeowners like you find the right product for your kitchen. For more information about granite countertops, or for more information about granite countertop installation, contact us. We’ll be happy to recommend the right product for you.

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Leslie C has written hundreds of articles and blog posts on a freelance basis. Just a few of her interests as a writer include topics like home repair, home maintenance, home improvement, travel, cooking, baking, green living, gardening, parenting, decorating, party planning and generally running a successful and functional household. In particular, her passion for writing home and family related articles has only increased since she started a cooking blog in 2011 and bought a ranch-style "fixer" home, circa 1950's. Everyday for Leslie is a new adventure in DIY home repair, family cooking and retro-style decorating, and her passion for these subjects shows in her written work.

When not freelance writing, Leslie is editing technical books and academic articles and dabbling in web design. She has a bachelor's degree in fine art and jumps at any opportunity to write about fine art, art history and entertainment.

Leslie is also a painter, avid reader, business woman and parent of one. She has lived all over the United States and has traveled all over the world. These experiences have inspired her to write about topics like surviving an overnight flight with a young child, moving from one coast to another, living on a vegetarian diet in South America, getting around by rental car in Mexico and what to do when stranded in an airport. Leslie looks forward to exploring similar topics more extensively in the future. Through her writing, she strives to make life easier for ambitious home owners, parents, home chefs and world travelers.

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Leslie C. has written hundreds of articles and blog posts on a freelance basis. Just a few of her interests as a writer include topics like home repair, home maintenance, home improvement, travel, cooking, baking, green living, gardening, parenting, decorating, party planning and generally running a successful and functional household. In particular, her passion for writing home and family related articles has only increased since she started a cooking blog in 2011 and bought a ranch-style "fixer" home, circa 1950's. Everyday for Leslie is a new adventure in DIY home repair, family cooking and retro-style decorating, and her passion for these subjects shows in her written work.