Granite is a popular choice of construction material among homeowners who want an aesthetic solution for their kitchen and bathroom countertops, but this natural stone is sometimes overlooked as a flooring material. Even if you opt for engineered stone or laminate material for your counters, you should strongly consider installing granite tiles on your floors. Many residential developers limit their use of granite to countertops because of the aesthetic effect, but they’ll install granite floors on their more sophisticated and lucrative projects. Whether you’re renovating or planning to build a spec home, here are five benefits of granite flooring for you to consider.
1. Granite Floors Can Last a Lifetime
Durability is one of the most attractive aspects of granite. Homeowners who expect significant foot traffic in certain spaces will do well to install granite flooring. As long as you use the right granite sealer and cleaner, your granite tiles can last for decades.
2. There Are Many Colors and Patterns to Choose From
When it comes to choosing floor tiles, you don’t have to settle for dark granite, which happens to be one of the most popular choices for countertops. The look of granite is shaped by Mother Nature over millions of years, and every block extracted from quarries around the world features a distinct appearance. Should you be in the mood for a lighter-colored granite with pink specks and fine veining, look for Bianco Antico tiles from Brazil. Another option would be green granite from either Canada or Ireland, with the latter featuring jade-colored serpentine veining.
3. It’s Resistant to Staining
Stain resistance is a good reason to match your kitchen countertops with granite floor tiles. Granite is more difficult to stain than some other flooring options, which is why it’s often chosen as a food preparation surface. As long as the granite is properly sealed, spills on properly sealed granite tiles can be easily wiped away. If you don’t know how to clean granite and natural-stone floors, you need to use a specially formulated granite floor cleaner such as Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner® before a stain forms.
Here’s a short video explaining how to use Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner®:
4. Granite Tiles Are Hypoallergenic
You can let children play right on top of clean granite tiles without having to worry about allergic reactions. Since granite isn’t as porous as some other types of natural stone, it doesn’t retain liquids or moisture where bacteria can settle and spread.
5. Granite Floors Can Boost the Value of Your Property
As previously mentioned, home builders often install granite countertops in kitchens and bathrooms because they know house hunters will look for this feature when they’re browsing available properties in the MLS. Prospective buyers with deeper pockets may search for granite floors, which is something real estate agents across North America are familiar with. Home appraisers who conduct full property valuation inspections also notice the presence of granite flooring, particularly when comparable listings don’t have this feature.
If you have flooring made of granite or any other type of natural stone in your home and would like more information on how to care for it properly, reach out to the Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold®. Give us a call at 1-800-475-STONE (7866), and make sure to follow us on Twitter for additional tips.
Lenny Sciarrino (aka Lenny S) and Lenny Pellegrino (aka Lenny P) grew up in the family business and are co-founders of Granite Gold®.