Every single piece of granite is unique, which is why homeowners, architects and designers often prefer this natural stone over other countertop surfaces. But as of recent years, there is another reason why granite still remains one of the most popular countertop materials on the market. The cost of granite countertops has become more affordable. Here is what a kitchen designer told the Chicago Daily Herald in a recent article entitled "Price, Quality Make Granite King of the Kitchen Remodel?"
"Granite is so inexpensive these days that literally everyone is using it. Corian is dead because it isn't heat-resistant and is hard to clean; and laminate countertops are only carried by the big box stores like Home Depot."
It used to be that 3/4-inch granite was the low-cost option for granite countertops in kitchens and baths, but most granite is cut to 1 and 1/4 inch for enhanced durability and color. As the article reports, the result of the increased affordability of granite is that it is now being used in other applications besides countertops, including showers, window sills, fireplace surrounds and pool surroundings.
For the largest selection of natural stone in the New England area and the best priced granite countertops, browse the Marble and Granite website or contact us at 877-39-STONE.
Photo by Dan Cutrona via New England Home Magazine