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Get Modern Flair with a Granite Kitchen Countertop

by Shannon Dauphin

The granite kitchen countertop has become an increasingly popular option among homeowners looking to add a bit of class to their kitchens. Granite has a natural beauty that can't be duplicated by other materials, and for many years the sheer cost of granite countertops added to their mystique.

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Granite Kitchen Countertop: Pros and Cons

The sheer beauty of a granite kitchen countertop might seem to be all the convincing you need, but there are other factors to consider before making that purchase. First, the highlights of all granite countertops can offer:

  • Granite adds value to your kitchen, and doesn't depreciate over time.
  • Bacteria doesn't stand a chance on a sanitary granite countertop.
  • Durability and ease of cleaning are hallmarks of granite.
  • Granite is naturally beautiful, and no two countertops are alike.

But there are a few downsides to granite as well. Weigh the downsides of granite kitchen countertops before you drop the dough:

  • Some granite kitchen countertops have been found to emit radon and radiation, so having your granite tested for both might be a good idea.
  • Despite the fact that granite is now more affordable than ever, it is still one of the priciest options. Required professional installation adds to the expense.
  • Though regular sealing can keep stains away, granite can chip if something heavy is dropped on it.
  • Granite is heavy, and so may require more structural support than your base cabinets currently provide.

Many homeowners find that the pros outweigh the cons, and their granite kitchen countertop becomes a spot of beauty and class in their new kitchen remodel. Is a granite countertop right for your home?

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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