Granite has become a very popular choice for residential construction in recent years. It is a very durable stone with tremendous natural beauty that can't be duplicated with synthetic products. Although granite makes a great addition to any part of the home, it is most often used in the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, it makes for a very durable surface that is impervious to cutlery. No cutting board needed! It also makes an excellent backsplash around a sink whether in the kitchen or bathroom. The only drawback to granite in the kitchen is that certain liquids can stain the stone if not cleaned up quickly. However, with a little effort these stains can be removed.
Granite can also be used anywhere in the house tile flooring is used. Instead of ceramic tile opt for granite tile to add that extra flair to your home. Additionally, granite can be used as a centerpiece on a table to help finish a decor scheme.
Frequently, people will be concerned about granite's price. It is true that it is more costly to install granite than other alternatives, however, granite is much more appealing and will allow your home to command a higher price in the real estate market. Additionally, granite's durability means that there will be much less repair and replacement of surfaces as opposed to the alternatives. This lesser maintenance cost can be significant over many years.
Clean your granite frequently to ensure your it looks its best long into the future. Mop or clean up spills immediately and clean with specialized granite cleaners on a frequent basis. Additionally, granite floors should be swept daily with a soft brush broom. Dirt and debris under pressure of a footstep a can scratch the granite's surface. These scratches can be removed but with proper care there is no need to incur this expense.
If you have an interest in granite for your home, contact several installation companies and ask for references. Any reputable installer will be happy to provide this information. After comparing prices and services, select the best contractor and enjoy the additional beauty that granite adds to your home!