If you live in Colorado Springs and you are looking for options in a counter top, you may be trying to decide between a granite slab and granite tiles. Let us take a look at each type of granite countertops and the pros and cons of using each one so that you can make an informed decision.
An Overview of Slab Granite Countertops
One of the most durable natural resources, granite makes an ideal countertop. Since it features a vast assortment of colors to choose from, it will blend into any décor. Since it can be expensive, you should have at least some basic insight to the pros and cons of using it in your home.
Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops – Slabs and Tiles
Several pros and cons apply to either type of countertop when you are using granite. The biggest difference between the two is that a slab will not have any seams while tiles will have several seams and lines from the caulk. The drawback to slabs that is different from tiles is that a slab of granite costs considerably more money than tiles do.
Pros to using granite:
- Granite can be cut into any shape and can be stained to nearly any color that is desired
- Will not warp when wet
- Granite is a natural resource so there is a limited impact on the environment to use it
- Adds permanent resale value to your home
- Since it is formed with heat and pressure it will not burn if a hot pan is set on it
- Easy to clean and sanitary – germs cannot penetrate granite
Cons to using granite:
- Weight, granite is extremely heavy
- Must be sealed or it will retain moisture
- Granite lasts forever which means if you tire of it you will have to rip out the entire counter
- Difficult to remove, may damage the cupboards when removing it
- Each piece of granite is unique and may not create a uniform look
Maintaining Granite Slab or Tile Countertops
- Although it is not porous like marble, granite may need to be sealed on a regular basis to ensure it remains stain resistant and durable. Find out from the supplier what type of cleaner and sealant they recommend for the granite that you have purchased. Most of the granite will need to be resealed on an average of every three years.
- Avoid using harsh cleaners on granite. Instead, opt for warm, soapy water. Harsh chemicals can cause the granite to erode.
- Polishing the surface may remove scratches. You can also try covering scratches with a stone darkener to avoid over polishing.
- Do not drag appliances across the counter or use it as a cutting board. This can cause deep scratches in the granite that cannot be repaired.
- Although heat-resistant, some types of metal can leave either grey or black marks on the granite countertop. To remove these marks, polish with a piece of steel wool or a single sided razor.
- Avoid spilling acidic liquids such as vinegar and lemon juice on the counter; otherwise, it may have an etching effect on the surface.