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Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Granite countertops have become a popular addition to bathrooms and kitchens in recent years. They offer a sophisticated style and luxurious appearance that’s not found elsewhere.

Like most materials, there are both advantages and disadvantages to using granite countertops. Far too many people invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars on expensive home renovations, only to discover that it wasn’t the right choice later down the road. Before you invest your time, money and energy into new granite countertops, you should first weigh the pros and cons.

Pros of Granite Countertops

  • Stunningly beautiful appearance that flows with most styles of decor.
  • You can rest assured knowing that granite will withstand humidity and moisture.
  • The natural design patterns of granite add another level of depth to the surrounding decor.
  • Granite is strong, durable and resistant to scratches, scuffs and other common forms of damage.
  • Renovating your home with authentic granite countertops will likely raise its selling value, making it a cost-effective improvement that pays off the long run.
  • There are dozens of different shades found available in granite countertops.

Cons of Granite Countertops

  • Granite is extremely heavy, especially if it’s all one piece. Be prepared to have an extra set of hands ready to maneuver the granite countertop into position.
  • Some people believe that granite countertops emit high levels of radiation due to their porous nature (eg: radioactive elements find their way into the porous surface of granite).
  • When not properly sealed, granite countertops may absorb water and other liquids.
  • Granite countertops must be treated and resealed every couple of years.
  • Although they are quite strong, granite may still chip if a heavy object is dropped directly on it.
  • Granite countertops are expensive, with prices ranging anywhere from $100 to $250 per square foot, and that does not include the cost of installation materials and/or labor.

Are granite countertops the right choice for your home? It really depends on what you are trying to achieve. They offer a brilliant decorative touch to any bathroom, but they also require routine maintenance and upkeep to ensure the surface is properly sealed. If you aren’t willing to spend the additional time and energy to reseal your granite countertops every couple of years, you should probably stick with a different type of countertop for your bathroom.

If you decide to use granite countertops in your home, consider complimenting them with a nearby indoor water fountain. The Horizon Falls Water Fountain (depicted to the left), for instance, is manufactured with authentic granite, making it the perfect decorative accessory to compliment your granite countertops.