Granite Countertops for Kitchens
HGTV.com helps you determine if one of the most popular surfaces chosen by homeowners, developers and kitchen designers alike is right for you.
Many kitchen designers and homeowners refer to granite kitchen countertops as the "gold standard."
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.
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.
- Kitchen Countertop Materials
- Which Countertops Are Heat Resistant?
- Natural Counters Rise to the Top
- Which Countertops Are Most Expensive?
- Increase Your Counter Intelligence
- Which Countertops Have to Be Sealed?