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Choosing Countertops: Granite

Granite's classic beauty and durability make it a popular choice for kitchen countertops.

Granite countertops are popular for their durability.

One of the most popular materials used in kitchen countertops, granite is timeless, durable and beautiful. "It's not going to date itself like some of the other materials," says Tim Scott of XTC Design Incorporated in Toronto. One-of-a-kind slabs of blue or silver granite can make your kitchen a showplace.

Design Tip: If you want a matte look, consider absolute black granite in a honed finish. The darker the granite, the less porous and more stain resistant it is.
Maintenance: Granite countertops need to be sealed twice a year. Clean with warm water and liquid detergent.
Cost: From $100-$200/lin. ft., installed

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