If you are still on the fence about installing granite countertops, consider some of these facts that the recent Wexford, PA, homeowners have outlined below:
- Granite countertops come in over 3,500 different colors and patterns. Therefore, if you don’t have a “great” eye for matching colors with your existing home colors, call in the experts.
- Granite countertops if properly sealed and maintained, are virtually scratch, stain and chip resistant.
- Granite countertops are great for cooking and best prepared on a cool surface.
- Granite is heat resistant. If you forget to grab a heat pad for that pan of lasagna, it won’t matter if you set it on your granite countertop.
- The only surface that is harder than granite is a diamond.
- Granite countertops add a minimum of 20% to the re-sale value to your home.
- Granite does add value to your home; however, there are some disadvantages to having granite countertops, they are:
- Cost – granite is expensive due to the labor for its removal from the quarry, the work involved in cutting it and the work necessary for installation.
- Granite will dull your knives if you use it as a cutting board.
- Granite countertops should be installed by a qualified professional – it is not a weekend, do-it-yourself project.
- Granite countertops need to have the sealant re-applied a least once a year to prevent staining or fading.
There are plenty of disadvantages we all can come up with; however, as a Realtor, when showing a home with granite versus without granite countertops, it surely make the home more attractive.
The most important thing to consider when installing granite is take your time, look at all the colors that you will be matching with your granite and get a few opinions before finalizing your color selection.
If you need help with colors and granite types contact our Wexford PA Expert Staging person, Liz Spangler, C.S.E., owner of Pittsburgh Home Staging & Redesign at 412-303-7780.