Granite Kitchen Counters

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Copyright 2004 Scott Shigley

Copyright 2004 Scott Shigley

Many kitchen designers and homeowners refer to granite kitchen countertops as the "gold standard."

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Highly praised for their stain- and scratch-resistant surfaces, granite countertops are also tough, durable, and nearly maintenance-free. Homes with kitchen granite countertops, in fact, have been known to sell for a higher price—how's that for a return on investment?

Speaking of investment, granite kitchen countertops tend to come with a hefty price tag. While costs will vary by location, project and contractor, in general, thicker slabs, more intricate the edge fabrication, and a need for uniform patterning will all result in increased costs.

Granite countertops colors can be as simple or as high-fashion as you'd like. There are so many patterns, colors and mineral inclusions available that finding a shade of granite to complement the unique look of your home should not be a problem.

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As with any major purchasing decision, make sure you see and touch a sample of the slab you'll use in your project to avoid making any costly mistakes.

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