Granite is a material that many people want to use, and in this article we look at ways that you can make the most of your investment and transform the look of your interior.
Using Granite in Your Home.
Marble and Granite products are in great demand for use in the home and one of the most popular places that you will see granite being used is in the kitchen, however there are many other possible uses for granite around the house. Just remember that to get the best out of your investment, it is not just a case of buying and fitting the product, you have to think carefully about the enhancements you are looking for and how granite can help you achieve the look that you desire.
Flooring is one option with durability and style being two positive attributes when using this material to make a statement. Columns, pillars and indeed spectacular fireplace surrounds can be created to add a touch of class and real style to your home. Kitchens and bathrooms are probably the most used locations for granite surfaces in the house and there is no question that most modern homes can be transformed with a sleek and stylish countertop in the kitchen or a vanity unit in the bathroom.
One of the most effective transformations you can achieve with minimal disruption to your existing installation is to consider the use of granite overlays. You can get a granite countertop for your kitchen that is made to fit over the top of your existing surface; these overlays are stronger than full granite slabs and engineered to be stain resistant. Having a new granite countertop custom made to fit without having to remove your existing finish will save you a lot of time, create minimal disruption and offer a cost effective way of immediately lifting the look in your kitchen with a new quality surface. Also, cracking, staining and porosity are not an issue with an overlay. If you are looking to make a design statement then you could also consider using glass counter-tops. Used in the right location, this unique look will create a beautifully textured finish and add an element of drama and interest for all the visitors in the kitchen.
Why Choose Granite.
The primary reason for many people is the natural beauty of granite but not many people realize the amazing variety of colors that are available with each countertop that is created being almost certainly unique with over 200 color options available and variations within that large range making it more personalized to you and your home. From a practical point of view, granite is very durable and extremely hard wearing, being able to withstand temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit without suffering the damage that other surfaces would when subjected to the same duress. With reasonable care and regular maintenance your granite surface can be used to directly cut meat and vegetables without causing scratching and your surface is almost completely stain proof as well.
There are pros and cons to weigh up when you consider choosing granite as your preferred surface. Granite will almost certainly add value to your home, it is a hygienic solution as bacterial contamination is not a problem due to the surface and it is also very easy to keep clean as well. On the negative side, granite is an expensive outlay so you need to be sure that your choice of colour and finish is absolutely right before buying and you should also bear in mind that with extreme force it can crack as a result of a blow with a sharp object such as a meat cleaver, although it is always advisable to use an additional chopping board anyway. You should also bear in mind that as granite is so heavy, your kitchen units may require additional structural support, which will add to the overall cost of your installation.
Granite is a unique and very versatile material and when you choose to use it in your home you are making a design statement, a commitment to quality and creating a look that will have an aesthetic appeal. Using it in your entrance hallway will create a distinguished look combined with practicality and durability that may other flooring solutions will struggle to compete with.
You could also consider using granite to good effect in your outdoor areas and creating a dining table for your patio area will create a beautiful dining environment and stand up extremely well to the rigours of being exposed to the elements. You do not have to use granite in large quantities to make a design statement and if you have some remnants you can make some coasters or even a cheese board or maybe just use a small amount as a splash back in your kitchen or bathroom sink areas.
Whatever you decide to do in your home, using granite will be an investment that be rewarded in terms of looks and longevity.
Guest post contributed by Jonathan Azevedo on behalf of Arearugs.com. Jonathan is a freelance writer with extensive experience in interior design. His articles mainly appear on design blogs.