Granite: a Stone to
Make Grown Men Tremble
You've seen him a hundred times. He's one of the biggest and
burliest handymen on TV and he's created a tough-guy persona. But when he
starts talking about granite
he becomes almost tender. Clearly he is a man who
respects quality stone and knows how it can enhance a kitchen, bringing beauty,
functionality and value. Although it's hard to imagine him cooking up a storm
in the kitchen, when he was finished describing the advantages of granite
countertops, you could see him putting
down his drill and doing some skillful food prep.
Granite is the stone of choice for more than just TV
renovators. Homeowners wishing to build class and equity
into their kitchen are attracted to its qualities. It is a truly beautiful
stone and each piece is one of a kind. Your countertop will have no equal – or
match – in any other home. The colour classifications are wide-ranging and can
match any decor scheme. From black to stone with a colour like rose, or even
copper and gold, granite has accents and striations sliver that catch the light
from windows and lamps.
More Than Just a Pretty
Face – Granite is Also Tough
That tough-guy handyman appreciates beauty but you can bet
he's also enamored of granite's legendary durability. Its heat and fire-resistance properties make
it ideal for kitchen use. It won't be damaged or discolour
by a hot pot. Granite doesn't scratch easily and can be used as a cutting
board. Foreign substances won't penetrate its impermeable surface and it is
easy to clean.
It does require cleaning. The rougher surface can collect
spills and it is recommended that a sealant be used for protection. Sealants
can also help protect the stone from harsh cleaning materials and it is
recommended that sealing – a quick job – be done annually.
Where the Smart Tough
So where would the intelligent home renovator find his
granite? There are many dealers in the marketplace but, just as not all granite
is created equal, neither are the dealers. Getting the right granite for your
home is not just a matter of going to a big box store and dragging home a box
of tiles, or a large piece of stone. Visit a showroom with a large selection,
and look at the samples on display. If possible, see the stone in as large a
form as possible to get a true idea of its ultimate colour.
And again, seek out a specialist. Granite is not cheap and
you should be prepared to spend a bit more to get extra in the way of quality
and expert installation
Find a dealer with a track record in the business and approach the salesman
with questions prepared. A good dealer will appreciate your interest in the
product and jump at the chance to share their knowledge.
You don't have to be a celebrity handyman to endorse
granite counter installation. It's an easy stone to love – and even easier to live with.