Granite Countertops in Fort Worth
Homeowners are always keeping an eye out for ways to improve their homes. More often than not, the kitchen is the focus area. Styles change so quickly. One morning you’ll be reading the newspaper in your wall-papered kitchen with your elbows rested on your linoleum countertop, then the next morning you’ll be doing the same, only you’ll be holding an iPad instead of a newspaper. Perhaps its time to upgrade your kitchen as well. The first place to start…granite countertops in Fort Worth.
Granite’s Top Features
It’s okay to be superficial when it comes to home design. After all, part of being a homeowner is showing off your home to visitors. You also want to feel satisfied with what you have to look at on a daily basis.
The appearance of a granite countertop truly is something special. It is unique. Seriously, each slab of granite that you have ever viewed is different from all others that exist in the world. You’ll have something in your home that no one else has.
What makes granite so unique is its grain. Every piece of the natural stone has a collage of natural colors. Different shades of colors, different blends, and different patterns; yet, all the differences come together to create a beautiful product. Granite could almost be described as artistic.
It’s difficult to describe in words, but granite countertops in Fort Worth will surely give your kitchen a mesmerizing appeal. They will give your kitchen a ton of character, turning a formerly basic space into a standout space.
The best part…
There is never a shortage on granite designs. You’ll have your pick at many options, so many that you may even be overwhelmed. Just keep your kitchen in mind and be sure you find a slab that will fit perfectly with its surroundings. Most countertops outlets will provide you with granite samples that you can take home in order to see how they fit into your living space. Ultimately, you’ll know which fits best. Just go with your gut!
A countertop material that looks so nice deserves to look nice forever. Lucky for you, granite’s extreme elegance matches with extreme durability.
Granite is a hard material. In fact, it rates 7 out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, just below quartzite. To put things into perspective, diamond, the hardest material that exists, ranks 10. Granite’s hardness makes it very tough to damage.
It can withstand major impacts, avoiding chips and dents. Even if granite were to dent, you likely wouldn’t even be able to notice the dent unless an exact angle of light were shining on it. That’s another wonderful consideration for granite: the design is so entrancing that blemishes are really difficult to notice.
Hardness also makes granite difficult to scratch. Some natural stones are vulnerable to scratching because they are softer. Marble and limestone are examples. But you won’t have that problem with granite; at least, you shouldn’t.
Keep in mind, granite countertops in Fort Worth are scratch-resistant, not scratch-proof. So don’t make an intentional effort to scratch the material. As for your typical kitchen use, your granite should have zero problem overcoming just about any threat that comes its way.
No one wants a countertop that has to be constantly babysat. One that you have to clean every day because every possible blemish shows and one that you have to be overly cautious around to ensure stains don’t become permanent.
You don’t have to babysit granite countertops in Fort Worth. All that we mentioned regarding durability makes granite very low maintenance. You need only dish soap, a sponge, and water to clean granite. Surely you have those things! If you’re super weary of your granite, run a wet sponge over it on a nightly basis and after cooking any intense meals. Truthfully, it won’t take but a few cleanings per week to keep granite looking clean and shiny.
There are cleaners out there that are specific to granite. You can ask any granite shop or refer to your granite’s manufacturer to find the right one.
Ultimately, you won’t have to go above and beyond to maintain your granite countertops in Fort Worth. The main concern is moisture. As best as possible, try to limit the amount of moisture that comes into contact with the material. Moreover, try to limit the amount of time that moisture is in contact with the material.
If there is a weakness to granite, it is water, or liquid in general. Liquid that is given the time to seep beyond the surface and into the core could cause staining. Staining can disrupt the wonderful color scheme of your granite.
We’ll discuss ways to protect your granite from moisture a little later on…
What else to consider?
Know your edges
In selecting your granite slab, you also have to select the type of edge you want the countertop to have. Your options will be bullnose, beveled, or ogee.
A bullnose edge is rounded. Actually, it doesn’t really even have an edge to it. It is smooth and secure. You won’t have to worry about bullnose edging chipping and the absence of sharpness is safer in case you have children running around that happen to match the height of your countertop.
Beveled does look more elegant; however. It consists of a slanted angle from the top surface and then takes a straight angle towards the bottom of the surface. Altogether, it’s a sharper, more exquisite look.
And then there’s the ogee edge. This is the most defined of your options. You’ll be able to notice this type of edge even from far away. It juts out with roughly a one-to-two-inch slope. The ogee edge adds character to the countertop, making it even more eye catching.
Choose wisely, as you’ll be living with your decision for years to come. Frankly, you can’t go wrong with any choice. Weigh the costs and choose the once that fits your budget and your expectations for appeal. In regard to commonality, bullnose is the least common, while beveled and ogee are seen most often in modern homes.
Granite installation is no task for the novice. First off, granite slabs are very heavy. It’ll take a group effort to transport them from the shop to the home. Secondly, granite installation requires many tools, including a saw. For granite to be shaped, a wet saw is often used. It goes without saying, if you do not have any considerable experience with a wet saw, now is NOT the time to gain experience. Thirdly, the installation process is extremely precise. Measurements must be perfect, cuts must be perfect, and edging must be perfect. Any little mistake and the entire project could be compromised.
It shouldn’t take more than a day for a professional installer to install your granite countertops in Fort Worth. Two days at the most. Professionals have handled their fair share of installation projects; therefore, they know how to go about their business in a rather routine manner.
That’s another thing to consider. If you were to try and tackle an installation project on your own, it may take you weeks, even months depending on your schedule. There is a good chance your life will be temporarily thrown out of whack by spending so much time on something that can take a single day via the professional route.
Granite costs will vary depending on the manufacturer and the outlet in which your purchase it from. Generally speaking, granite is one of the more expensive countertop materials. With that said, it’s perhaps middle-ground in the natural stone category. And if you want a nice-looking countertop, you best go with natural stone.
Granite is often more expensive than materials such as travertine and limestone; however, less expensive than quartz and marble. Part of the reason granite is so popular is its perfect positioning of style, durability and price. A consumer kind of gets the best of all worlds with granite.
Its style goes toe to toe with quartz and marble, its durability goes toe to toe with quartz, and its pricing lies just below quartz and substantially below marble. You get the most bang for your buck with granite countertops in Fort Worth.
Seal the deal
Again, granite’s one standing weakness is moisture penetration. That’s actually every natural stone’s weakness. To protect granite from moisture, it is wise to have it sealed. There are all sorts of sealants available, some that carry a year protection and some that carry multi-year protections.
A sealant does exactly what it seems. It creates a barrier between granite and everything that comes into contact with the surface. Liquid will not be able to penetrate the barrier; thus, you won’t have to worry about staining. Do understand, the more that comes into contact with the sealant the weaker the sealant will become.
For this reason, you still want to limit the moisture. Any and all spills should be cleaned up immediately. When cleaning, apply water to the sponge or cloth, don’t pour it directly onto the countertop. Not much can hurt granite; however, moisture is one thing to be conscious of.
Eventually, the sealant will wear away. You’ll typically have to replace it once a year or every two years. You can test the sealant to see how it is keeping up. Just drop a few pellets of water onto the countertop. If the pellets bead together then your seal is still intact; if the pellets run off then it’s time for a reseal.
Increase your home’s value
Granite countertops will improve the look of your home. And when your home improves, its value goes up. Whether you plan on selling your home in the near future or a long time from now, investing in a home improvement such as granite countertops will help your resale value.
Granite is not going out of style. It’s been a big hit for decades and people don’t seem to be going away from it whatsoever. The look of granite won’t change, nor will the durability, so, why should you expect the demand to lessen?
You’ll be doing your home a favor in the short-term and the long-term.
How much value will be added?
That’s difficult to exact. Granite countertops in Fort Worth will certainly add value; however, not enough to where your sole purpose to purchasing granite should revolve around that premise. Moreover, granite should not be a last-ditch effort to help your income as you plan to put your home on the market in three weeks.
Enjoy your granite for a while! You’ll reap many benefits right away and down the road.
If you are sold on granite countertops in Fort Worth, give Cowboy Remodeling a call! We always have plenty of countertop options in stock, granite included. Our experts will have all the answers to your remodeling questions and we can certainly help you with installation.
Take a look through our website—www.cowboyremodeling.com—to learn more about our services and our company. Also, take a look through our blog for additional helpful information on granite countertops in Fort Worth.
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