is a Renovator's Dream
The names alone are enough to fill you with
desire and forget about anything as mundane as cleaning your granite
countertop. Blue Galaxy. Café Imperial. Tropical Brown. Blue Baha. Or there's
Madagascar with its dark shades tinged with a mysterious green. Stormy Night –
whirlwinds of dark cloud in the road. Iron red, with its vivid, surprising
Granite is a stone of many faces and no two
pieces are alike. It's no wonder why the stone has become a home renovator's dream
the good news is, this beautiful stone doesn't require a lot of maintenance.
Your Granite Countertop
The durability of granite means it can last
a lifetime (or longer). It is a permeable stone so spills should be cleaned up relatively
quickly, lest the liquid infiltrate and dull the patina of the stone. For daily
spills, a clean rag, water, and a mild soap cleanser will suffice. Most
hardware stores, dealers, and building centres also sell stone soap.
It is important never to use harsh
chemicals on granite or expose its surface to strong acidic products like
lemons and limes. When using them in food preparation, simply use a cutting
board. And, finally, it is necessary to reseal the granite periodically to help
reduce its porosity.
As a countertop
, granite is
durable and able to withstand all the daily use and abuse that a counter
receives. Its heat and fire resistance makes it impervious to damage or
discoloration if a hot pot or item is placed on it. Nor does it scratch easily,
which means that cutting can be done directly on its surface, though cutting
boards are recommended. And it comes in magnificent impressive slabs – or
versatile tiles; your choice.
Surprising Facts About the Cost of Granite!
There is a colour of granite to suit the
décor of any home. A kitchen with natural light will pick up the speckles and
striations. There are lighter shades to brighten darker rooms. It is all
unique, beautiful – and very, very practical. But mention granite and the first
question will always be about cost. Granite LOOKS expensive, so it must be so,
Not necessarily. First of all, if you
prorate the initial cost of purchase and installation over its lifespan, which
is longer than any other stone, then granite is cost-effective. Tiles are even
cheaper than the slabs, and can accommodate existing kitchen configurations,
thus doing away with any need to move cabinetry or islands during the
One retailer estimates the cost of granite
at $80 per square foot (or $860 per square metre). Which at first sounds expensive,
but that price includes the stone and the complete cost of installation. In
addition, good dealers will include long-term warranties in their price.
is another option that can reduce costs even further. Many retailers will
over-order stone when working on a project. That leftover material (the remnants)
are often sufficiently large to work as a countertop
, or stone
accent. By using it, you are saving it from landfill – and making your own
kitchen a showplace.