Is It Safe to Choose Granite Countertops?
Choosing countertops for your kitchen remodel is not an easy task. One of the most popular materials on the market today is granite. There are many factors to consider when wondering how to choose granite countertops.
This type of granite is known for its durability and resistance to heat, scratches and wear. These properties make it a good choice for use as countertops in high traffic areas like kitchens or bathrooms where hot appliances are usually used on the surface. This material does come with some downsides though. One issue that customers have reported is sensitivity to changes in temperature which can produce cracks if exposed directly to very cold water after being exposed to very warm temperatures during cooking sessions.
Another potential problem is staining from liquids such as coffee, wine or ink that may permeate into the stone through even microscopic pores then become trapped inside over time making them difficult to remove without damaging the look of your new counters. Many types of granite will also stick when exposed straight to high heat so you should avoid using any type of cook top directly on the surface which means that if your new countertops are not level with existing appliances you will need to install a cutting board or work area over them.
Another popular choice for kitchen counters is marble. This material has been used since ancient times and is prized for its softness, beauty and durability though it does have some drawbacks as well. Marble can be very porous which makes it susceptible to staining from acidic liquids like wine, juice or coffee but also makes this material difficult to clean because soil gets stuck in these pores making removal quite challenging without damaging the surface. Marble may also contain fossils meaning that coloration patterns seen on the surfaces may vary slightly depending upon where they were mined and that color may not be consistent throughout an entire surface. Marble is also a softer material which makes it more vulnerable to scratches, gouges and chips than countertops made from granite or quartz for example.