Pros And Cons Of Granite Countertops

It’s a shame that granite is falling out of favor with homeowners across the United States. Not only is it probably one of the best countertops you can install in your kitchen, it’s probably the best bang for your buck.

Most other decent options cost about the same but they don’t offer the same benefits that granite does. Let’s have a look at a few of those and to be fair I’ll close out with a couple of the cons too.

Granite Countertops Are Inexpensive

There are some rare stones that can be expensive but there are lot’s of slabs available at your local stone yard that are downright cheap!

Every local stone yard carries a different variety so it’s worth your time to visit a couple different ones to see what they have in stock. According to Architypes it’s not uncommon to find them for $40 per square foot, but I have personally found a few for even less than that.

When you compare them to popular alternatives like Corian and quartz that’s downright cheap, especially when you start to consider some of the ways the competition doesn’t stack up.

You Can’t Scratch them

One of the things that drives me crazy about solid surface counters like Corian and Formica is that they are easily scratched. You have to baby them a bit when using a knife or sliding things across the surface.

With granite that’s not a concern at all. Not only is it just about impossible to scratch them, they’re so hard that it’s recommended to use a cutting board so that you don’t dull your knives.

You Can’t Burn them

A lot of granite competitors like quartz are made with a large percentage of resin. The resin can’t withstand high temperatures like granite can since it’s an igneous rock

Cambria is one of the best selling brands of quartz in the USA and right on their frequently asked questions page they admit this. Here’s a quote followed by a link to the page if you want to read more: “Cambria may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from pots and pans and other cooking units such as electric frying pans and griddles, and some crock-pots or roaster ovens and heat lamps.” Link To Cambria’s Website

You read that right. They don’t even want you to put a crock pot on the counter because they know there is a chance it could burn the resin.

They Resist Stains

This is probably a good final benefit to list because some people will view it as a con since they aren’t stain proof. Any spills that happen should be wiped up fairly quickly so they don’t get a chance to penerate below the surfce and become permanent.

Since granite is a natural material it is porous just like your skin. Liquids can get into those pores and when they do they can be very difficult to get out. The best way to keep out stains is with a little maintenance which we get into next.

Granite Does Need To be Maintained

Welcome to granite’s biggest con. Every year or so you do need to clear off your counters, give them a good cleaning, and apply a sealant.

Why Does Granite Need To be Sealed?

Granite needs to be sealed before it’s a porous stone. The catch is that you never know exactly how porous your particluar slab in. It can vary because of a lot of factors. That’s why some people claim that sealing isn’t necessary and it’s just a waste of money. The truth is that they couldn’t be bothered to maintain their stone and they got lucky.

Granite Can Chip

Because granite is very hard it is suseptable to chipping, especially at corners and edges. In most cases it can be repaired, however. You can call your local stone yard to have it done but it’s a pretty simple process to do on your oen and they sell repair kits at most local home improvement stores or you can pick one up online.