Granite can completely transform the look of a kitchen. The only thing about granite is making sure that the rest of your kitchen is up-to-date as well. Moreover, you might have to completely upgrade your kitchen if it's outdated- but it will be well worth it. The best way to upgrade a kitchen is with granite countertops in Allen!
Granite’s appearance is unique and elegant
Granite has definitely become a popular material over the years. Yet, despite how popular of a material it is, it still offers uniqueness.
Each slab of granite is different from the rest. Essentially, no two slabs of granite are exactly the same. Each slab of granite has random grains and veins that give it its own unique character. It's nearly impossible to find two slabs with the same color tones and grains.
Granite’s appeal is both soothing and luxurious. You’ll find granite slabs in all kinds of colors, the most popular ones being white, black, gray and beige. These colors tend to fit the color schemes of most kitchens. That being said, granite can be found in more unique colors, such as blue, green and red. These can give a kitchen a bold look, but the trick is finding other fixtures to balance it out.
You’ll find the right design for your granite countertops in Allen. There are many granite designs to choose from, so just make sure to simplify your search. Pick a color, then choose a design!
Granite will last quite a while
The combination of beautiful appearance and extreme durability make granite a great option. Granite is an igneous rock and is formed naturally. Its composition makes it durable and hard, and more than capable of taking on the everyday use of a kitchen.
Granite is heat-, scratch-and bacteria-resistant. It can withstand extremely hot temperatures, to the point that placing a hot pan from the stove top and onto granite will not cause any harm. But even so, you shouldn't make it a habit. Consistent exposure to heat can cause the color of the natural stone material to fade, so it's important to use a heat-resistant pad as often as possible.
Scratching isn't much of an issue with granite either. Granite’s hardness makes it extremely difficult to scratch and damage. Even if you intentionally run a sharp knife over it, the granite will remain unaffected.
With regards to bacteria, granite’s pores are so tiny that they hardly leave any room for bacteria to be trapped in. The surface is smooth and quite easy to clean, so bacteria shouldn't be an issue as long as you clan it as needed.
Easy to maintain
All you'll need to clean granite countertops is mild dish soap and water. Running a wet sponge over it once every few days or after a long day of cooking will keep your countertops in pristine condition. Don't pour water directly onto the surface to wet it, since granite is porous. Using a wet sponge is fine, but you should make sure to dry the surface soon after it's cleaned.
Be sure to do research on cleaning equipment and solutions. Thistles on cleaning brushes are normally soft, but they can start to become rough if constantly used. Additionally, some cleaning solutions can discolor, or stain, the surface. Check with the manufacturer of your granite countertops in order to find one that's safe to use.
Honestly, there isn't a need for anything other than the dish soap/water combination- it will clean your granite countertops properly.
Installation requires expertise
When it comes to installation, granite isn’t exactly an installation project that you should take on without the help of a professional.
First of all, granite is heavy, so you’ll probably experience some muscle strain if you attempt to transport it all by yourself from the store to your car and from your car into your home. With professional installation, you won’t even have to lift it!
Second of all, granite installation is quite complex.. It has to be cut to perfection and put in place perfectly. Cutting the actual slab is hard enough, but cutting holes in granite to fit around a sink, faucets, outlets and whatever else that might be in the way will need an expert's attention.
Additionally, forming specific granite edges is quite difficult and should only be left to the pros. We’ll detail the different types of granite edges next, but just know that lots of effort goes into creating those stunning looks.
The tools used to cut and install granite may be ones that you’ve never used and maybe never even seen. You shouldn't try to learn when you're trying to remodel your kitchen or bathroom.
Types of granite edges
Granite slabs are typically either ¾ inch thick or 1 ¼ inches thick. The edges offer another avenue for creativity, as they can be designed in a number of unique ways. You’ll have plenty of edge types to choose from:
Straight Edge is the classic look. The countertop breaks into right angles at the edges to create a square edge. It sounds basic, but the look is bold and classic. However, you should be careful if you have small children around the house, as they can hurt themselves.
Bullnose edge granite is another popular choice, as it's basically a rounded edge. You can also select the half-bullnose edge, which is basically a semi-circle met with a straight edge at the halfway point. Half-bullnose edge will be pointed towards the bottom. Deciding between straight edge and bullnose edge granite is simply a matter of preference. Neither look is meant to necessarily draw attention away from the slab itself. That being said, both will definitely grab your guests' attention.
Beveled granite edges have a more refined design. You’ll see these granite countertops slant off at the edge about 1/5 of an inch (for a 1 ¼ inch thick slab) and then angle straight down from there. Beveled granite adds great character to an already elegant appeal. If you have the preference and the budget for a beveled edge countertop, we highly recommend it!
Speaking of adding character, ogee-edged granite adds tons of it. Basically, the edges are layered at an angle. Therefore, the edge will expand as each layer is set. Some homeowners feel that this type of countertop edge is a bit too much for their preferences. It lengthens the granite slab a couple of inches and you may not feel it is necessary in your kitchen. The design is undoubtedly a nice one, but again, it’s a matter of preference. The ogee-edged granite may be more advantageous to add character to a modern bathroom.
Waterfall edge granite is an extremely unique design. Chances are you haven’t been in too many kitchens with such an edge, if any at all. With this type of countertop, the top surface takes a right angle at the edge and goes straight down to the floor. Two sides are covered by the granite edge and two sides are left open. The open sides usually contain cabinets. This design is best for kitchen islands, especially narrow ones. If your kitchen design fits well with this, you should strongly consider the waterfall edge for your granite. It's sure to leave all your guests in awe!
The key to protecting granite
Granite isn't vulnerable to many things. It's heat-resistant, scratch-resistant, bacteria-resistant, easy to clean, and visually appealing…what’s not to like about granite countertops?
Actually, it does have one vulnerability...
As we mentioned briefly, granite is a porous material, meaning that it can be penetrated by water. Once water gets through the pores it can settle at the core of the material and cause the surface to stain. In most cases, water reaching the core of granite will not cause any serious damage, but it'll affect the look of the granite. That’s why it's recommended to keep the countertops as dry as possible.
Additionally, you should have your granite countertops sealed. A sealant will protect against water damage. It'll last for a year or two, so you'll need to have your countertops resealed after it fades.
Not sure when you'll need to have your granite resealed? There's a simple test you can conduct to find out. Just sprinkle a few drops of water onto the countertops surface. If the drops bead together, your sealant is still in place. If the drops wander away aimlessly, you'll need to have your granite resealed.
Sealing your granite is extremely important. If you want to maximize its lifetime, you have to have it sealed. It doesn't take more than 10-15 minutes to do!
How much will granite cost?
It all depends on the specifications you choose. How much granite do you need? What thickness did you select? What design? What type of edge?
The answers to all of these questions are what factor into price. Generally speaking, granite is slightly less expensive than quartz and much less expensive than marble. It's uncommon for a homeowner to choose a countertop material that isn't natural stone. Thus, granite countertops could easily be considered the most affordable natural stone material.
Nadine Floor Company
For answers to all your countertop questions, to see granite samples and to set up professional installation, give Nadine Floor Company a call! We have many granite designs for you to choose from and our experts can help you find the right one for your home. We want what’s best for your home just as you want what’s best for your home!
Nadine Floor Company also offers various backsplashes to compliment your brand-new granite countertops. We have everything you need to give your kitchen a whole new look.