Granite has been a top choice for kitchen and bathroom counters for a long time, and it remains in style in 2017 for several reasons. The Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® discuss a few reasons why granite isn’t going to stop being a popular choice for homeowners anytime soon.
Appearance and Type
A big part of granite’s appeal is the way it feels and looks. Smooth and polished, it shines and is a classy focal point. It also is appealing because it is a natural material. Natural elements tend to stay in style in interior and exterior designs. Granite is a type of rock created beneath Earth’s surface when the hot magma produced by active volcanoes becomes cool. It is a combination of mineral crystals, mostly feldspar, mica, and quartz. The components give the stone its sparkles and colorful swirls.
Colors and Patterns
The many varieties of granite look different from one another, providing consumers with a range of options. Some granite is only light in color, some is only dark, and some features mixtures of contrasting light and dark tones. Shades of white, black, red, blue, brown, gold, and green are available. According to MS International Inc., Caledonia, a dark-gray granite with light specks, was the type most customers selected for their homes in 2016. Caledonia’s popularity was followed by steel gray, premium black, black pearl, and Giallo ornamental, which has light hues mixed with dark gray and brown tones.
Durability and Resistance
A very hard material, granite is strong, long-lasting, and simple to keep clean. These attributes make it a top choice for kitchen and island counters and bathroom vanity tops, all of which need to endure a lot of use. Granite’s strength and composition are behind its resistance to stains from various kinds of foods and liquids, and it is also resistant to scratches. In many cases, granite can also resist the chipping and cracking that occurs in some counter materials when they are exposed to hot objects.
Studies Show Granite Is Still Popular
The U.S. Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trends Study found granite was the most popular counter material among the Houzz website’s U.S. registered users who were upgrading their counters. Granite counters received 41 percent of the votes in the 2017 study and 45 percent in the website’s 2016 study. The 2017 study also revealed that kitchen counters with multiple colors, which many granite varieties have, ranked first at 33 percent. Granite is also still among the most popular counter choices for bathrooms, according to the ImproveNet by CraftJack website.
If you have granite countertops in your home, make sure you use a high-quality granite cleaner to keep them looking as good as new. At Granite Gold®, we pride ourselves as the Stone Care Experts – a family legacy that spans three generations. Give us a call at 1-800-475-STONE to learn about the great granite cleaning products we offer.