Granite Uses in the Kitchen

Granite Uses in the Kitchen

Add value to your home by incorporating granite into your kitchen design

By Sabah Karimi

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Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops and shelves, but this versatile and durable stone also has several other uses in your cooking space. Granite is an affordable and attractive option for all styles of homes and can add warmth, charm and character to the kitchen space. Whether you're remodeling or building your home, you can install granite tile and slabs in several areas of the kitchen.

Significance

Granite complements many kitchen themes and styles and is often chosen as a kitchen building material because it has very little porosity, is extremely durable and is resistant to stains. Granite is an igneous rock that can be polished to a mirror-like finish to look like marble. It can be an affordable alternative to marble, quartzite and limestone building materials when building or remodeling a kitchen space.

Uses and Applications

Kitchens can be outfitted with granite in several ways. You can build or remodel the kitchen with granite countertops, granite backsplashes, granite shelves, granite sinks, granite kitchen islands, granite tile flooring or granite tile walls. Granite can be purchased in slabs and cut down to a custom size, or in tile form.

Key Benefits

Granite is often used for kitchen remodeling and construction projects because it is a highly durable and versatile material, is easy to clean, and is visually attractive. Other key benefits of granite are that it does not harbor bacteria and is easy to sanitize, can be cut and formed into any shape including ovals, arches and squares, is relatively scratch-resistant, and can accommodate hot pans and pots without getting scorched or burned. Even more than other materials, Granite can add value to the home.

Types

Several varieties of granite are available. These include biotite granite that has high concentrations of quartz, biotite, K-feldspar and plagioclase; hornblende granite that contains mica and hornblende, and Tourmaline granite that contains high concentrations of Tourmaline. Whether you're investing in granite kitchen countertops or tile flooring, you can choose from hundreds of shades of granite that range from green, blue, purple, green, silver, ivory, gray and pink.

Considerations

Unlike other kitchen surfaces, granite will not stain or dull over time. It is very low-maintenance and can be cleaned using regular household cleaners, soap and water. In addition to cleaning your granite surfaces on a regular basis, you may need to have a professional seal the surfaces using a special finish. The sealing process must be performed at least once per year to protect the granite from chipping and general wear and tear.

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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