Walk into most high-end homes today, and you'll find granite counters in the kitchen. A hard and beautiful stone, granite makes the perfect countertop surface. But there are still those who steer away from it, perhaps because they've heard one of these myths or assumptions about granite.
1. Bacteria gets into the pores of granite and makes it unsafe.
You may have heard that if you set raw meat or a contaminated item on a granite counter, bacteria will invade the granite and make the counter unsafe from there on out. This is simply untrue. Although natural granite is a porous surface, cleaning agents can easily reach down into those pores. Plus, most granite used for countertops is sealed with a special epoxy-like sealer so that bacteria and food particles can't make their way into the pores. Granite is a very safe and sanitary surface for food prep.
2. Granite is not worth the price.
If you have a granite counter and a laminate counter top in front of you, both may look similar, but the granite carries a higher price tag. Because the look is similar, you may reason that the granite is not worth the price. But when you pay for granite, you're paying for more than looks. You're paying for a more durable surface that will last fore decades, that won't stain, and that won't scorch when you set hot pans on it. You can't treat laminate like that, no matter how beautiful it might be!
3. Light granite is more fragile than dark granite.
If you want light counters, you may steer away from granite because of this myth that granite has to be dark to be strong. This is simply not true. Light granite is just as strong as darker-colored granite. In fact, it might even be stronger because quartz, the mineral that gives granite its strength, is light in color -- so light granite contains more quartz.
4. You have to refinish granite every year.
Granite counters do require some maintenance, but those who list maintenance as a downside to granite counters are sadly misinformed. As long as you use mild cleansers on your granite, there should be no reason to reseal it yearly. You can have it resealed once it starts to look dull, which may not be for five or more years.
If you love the look of stone countertops, don't be turned off by the price. Granite offers so many advantages for homeowners, which is probably why it's so popular!