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10 Reasons To Choose Granite Countertops When You Design Your Own Kitchen

Updated on October 8, 2010

Cost And Colors Of Centaur Kitchen Granite Countertops Add To DIY Demand

Are you ready to transform your work stations with wholesale kitchen granite countertops? Such a granite transformation promises to enhance your home's appeal in a big way and may just pay handsome dividends in time. These days you can even get kits that make contacting a contractor totally unnecessary. These have been designed for Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts and come with clear instructions. In kit form, the project will also be less expensive.

The cost and colors of Centaur Kitchen Granite Countertops make them a tempting kitchen remodeling option. Available in kit form, these slabs are now becoming the domain of DIY enthusiasts. The fact that you don't necessarily need a contractor, adds to the affordability.

With their specks, swirls and veins, every slab has its own unique look. No other product on the market sports the characteristics of a range like Centaur Kitchen Granite Countertops. This is very likely to be a permanent improvement, as the stone is extremely durable.

The shades are constantly changing with the light in the room. It is likely to be much more germ free than many other surfaces. It doesn't scratch easily and is heat resistant. Cleaning granite countertops is easy. Just make sure that you get instructions and the right cleaning substances from your supplier. Just wait to see how your dough work improves when you use this cold surface!

Kitchen granite countertops in tiles or slabs provide a unique and long-term home remodeling solution. This remains one of the toughest, most sophisticated natural stone choices on the market. Best of all, no two slabs are alike - you will therefore be creating a unique-looking, luxurious kitchen. You can also be sure that with good care, the splendid looks of your granite kitchen countertops will not fade over time.

What are the main benefits of this product and why is it so popular?

1. Value Set In Stone

It is a given that kitchen granite countertops will add to the value of your property. This makes it a sound investment. It adds such elegance to a kitchen, that it will pay for itself once you erect that For Sale sign outside. If you have funds from a home improvement loan available, this may be a sensible way to spend it.

2. Affordable Aesthetic Appeal

Granite is a natural material that is freely available. It has been around for centuries, yet the trend towards home use has only taken hold in the last forty years or so. While it may seem expensive compared to other options, it can be one of the best investments a homeowner can make. If you take the durability into account, this truly becomes one of the more affordable home improvement options. It is a practical and attractive solution for kitchen cabinets.

3. Nature's Unique Designs

The slabs come with subtle elements of color and variety that no man-made product can duplicate fully. It makes a individualistic design statement in your home and adds character to kitchens. You will note that the colors change constantly, as the light in the room changes. The color, specks and other patterns are all the way through the stone, not just a layer on top as with most man-made alternatives. These characteristics are different in every piece of stone.

An amazing array of colors are available. This is in part due to the fact that the material is quarried from all over the world. Each area's stone has its unique qualities. Shading varies from light to all the rich, warm and deep tones. The kitchen granite countertops can be coordinated with almost any sink finish and accessory type, from ceramic to copper and stainless steel. This is not simply a new fad. It has been around for ages and has a solid track record, so to speak.

4. Banish Bacteria

Due to its texture, this is one of the most sanitary materials for a kitchen. As it isn't porous, it won't be prone to harboring bacteria and other kitchen no-no's. Mold and mildew won't get a grip here. Of course, if you make use of granite tiles, you will still have grout lines that are prone to mildew problems and staining.

5. Cleaning Is A Cinch

Maintenance is fairly simple, provided you use some common sense. Daily cleaning will involve little more than a quick wipe with a soft cloth or some paper towels. Use ordinary soapy water. Due to the dense grain the stone isn't very porous and staining therefore isn't a major problem. Once it has been sealed or polished, it is resistant to moisture. The sealing needs to be repeated every 1 to 3 years. Learn to clean as you go along. It is just so much simpler and safer to wipe a mess immediately.

6. Family-Friendly Kitchen

In almost all respects this is an option that is fine with kids in the home. There is very little that they can do that will damage your counters. Perhaps you should just ask them not to hang from the more vulnerable edges, as this may cause a problem in the long run.

7. Room For Repairs

This stone has another feature that makes it popular. If you do have an area that is damaged, it can be repaired. Just don't attempt this yourself. Speak to your supplier, describing the flaw, and get expert advice.

8. Hard To Resist

The hard surface can't be scratched, except by more granite or diamonds. This is where its practicality for kitchen use comes in. You can't afford to tip-toe around cabinets and work stations. You need to be able to do your job without fear of damaging the kitchen granite countertops. Granite gives you this reassurance. The fact that it won't become scratched is one of the main reasons why it retains its shiny appearance for so many years.

9. Turn Up The Heat

These surfaces cope admirably with temperature changes and won't blister or crack. It can even resist frying pan heat. No hot griddle will leave a reminder on your new countertops. Even so, it is advisable to still use pads or trivets when working with hot items.

10. Cooks Love It

Cooks love working on granite kitchen countertops. You can even cut on it without damaging the surface. And you will be amazed by how well your dough suddenly turns out. The cold surface is perfect for handling pastry.

Once you have kitchen granite countertops installed, you may get a pleasant surprise as the whole family suddenly wants to get cooking!

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    • laadhy profile image


      6 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth


    • rsusan profile imageAUTHOR

      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by, molometer. I appreciate your comment and the vote! I love the look and feel of granite.

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I used to have Granite Countertops when I lived in Cape Town. We can get it here in the UK too.

      Well presented hub with useful information. Voted up interesting and useful.

    • rsusan profile imageAUTHOR

      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, alocsin! APpreciate your positive comment and votes! Yes, granite has become very popular, especially now that there are so many DIY installation options available. I love the way it looks and as I enjoy cooking, granite will always be a winner for me.

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I can see why this has become a popular material of late. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • rsusan profile imageAUTHOR

      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, carcro! Yes, granite is a superb-looking home remodeling option! Good luck with upgrading your kitchen. Perhaps you can do a hub about the whole process, so that we can follow along and see the end result.

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      We are definitely looking at upgrading our kitchen and especially our counter tops. Like you note, lots of great benefits, including clean ability, and the look is second to none. Thanks for sharing this info!

    • rsusan profile imageAUTHOR

      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, RedElf! I love granite. Can you imagine ripping out those new countertops? That would break my heart!

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      7 years ago from Canada

      Excellent information, and attractively laid-out. Some friends of ours renovated their kitchen completely, including new granite counter tops. They did get a much higher asking price for their home when they sold, solely based on the new kitchen, but the first thing the buyers did was reno the kitchen and rip out the beautiful granite counter-tops. Go figger.


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