Granite as the Number 1 Choice for Home Living
Posted on January 07, 2019
When it comes to increasing the value of your home, there are two places where you get the greatest return on your investment. One place is the bathroom and the other place is the kitchen, both of which have become the most lived-in rooms in your home.
Today, the kitchen is much more than a place where you cook meals; it’s become a gathering space for your family and friends. No longer labeled as eat in kitchens, rather they are labeled as live-in kitchens or great room kitchens. Kitchens today have become functional areas with multi-height counters and/or islands.
Today, bathrooms are still of key importance for those of us seeking refuge from the stresses of day-to-day life. The bathroom is also an extension of our living space whereas the tub or shower is where we go to relax. For this reason, showers and tubs that reflect the spa trend remain in high demand.
Granite has emerged as the number one choice used for kitchen and bath surfaces. Yet many people still have misconceptions about the material. Here are some common myths and a look at the hard facts about this natural product.
- Myth #1: Granite is Expensive: Actually, granite has become one of the more cost-effective options among hard surfaces. Thanks to its popularity, supply has increased, bringing the cost down over the past several years. Some of the newer, fabricated materials are pricier.
- Myth #2: Granite is Difficult to Maintain: According to the Marble Institute of America, granite just requires warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth to maintain. If you can use a spray bottle like one you’d use to apply glass cleaner, you can apply the latest generation of sealants; some of which are guaranteed for many years.
- Myth # 3: Granite Locks You into a Certain Style: There are countless colors, shades and movement in every piece of granite. As opposed to a solid-color surface material, these variations give you unprecedented design flexibility. For example when you tire of a wall or accessory color, simply pick a different color shade in the same stone and redesign from there.
- Myth # 4: Granite Isn’t Green: Granite is a 100% natural material-no manmade by products added. It can be recycled into other applications including counters, cladding, landscaping and crushed into gravel.
- Myth # 5: Granite Isn’t Durable: Granite has withstood the test of time-think of Stonehenge and the great pyramids. There’s a reason we say “as hard as a rock.” It is heat-resistant and won’t crack or scratch under normal wear and tear.
- Myth # 6: Granite Isn’t a Solid Investment: The kitchen is the area where homeowners are likely to recoup the most money from renovations – nearly 95% according to CNNMoney.com. And when it comes to the changes homeowners are looking for in kitchen renovations, granite is definitely the number one material of choice. It’s expected in high-end homes and is becoming an assumption in moderately priced residences as well.
Whether building or remodeling your home, granite, marble, soapstone, travertine and quartzite can reflect your distinctive tastes and individual lifestyle. Natural stone is available in colors and patterns ranging from simply traditional to lavishly exotic to exclusively rare and precious.