Most homeowners are afraid of getting granite countertops. This is due to the belief that these countertops are more high maintenance than the quartz countertops and other options. To an extent this is largely true. The first fact you need to understand is that there are many types of granite countertops and they are not all created equal.
Regardless of the type you go for, the granite countertops provide remarkable aesthetics in the bathrooms and kitchens. In addition to their rich beauty, these countertops are very hard and not susceptible to scratches. While it is not ideal for working on because it will dull your knife blades, granite countertops take the wear and tear very well. What is more, is that the material can take the heat without weakening or getting damaged.
Granite is also preferred for countertops because it is resistant to stains and doesn’t absorb liquids when it has been sealed properly. The big question, however, that homeowners have when considering granite countertops is determining when to seal and when not to seal the granite countertops. There is a simple water test you can perform to determine if you need to seal your countertops or not. Here’s how:
- Pour about a ¼ cup of water on the granite countertop.
- Take note of the time you pour the water on the countertop and after how long the water will be absorbed. When water is absorbed the granite will darken.
- Now you need to use this chart to determine how often your granite countertop needs to be sealed.
- Instant absorption: You have to apply several layers of sealer every year and wipe the spills immediately.
- 4 to 5 minutes’ absorption: You need to add multiple layers of sealer but repeat this every 3 to 5 years. Always use this water test prior to reapplying the sealer.
- 10 minutes’ absorption: A single layer of sealer will be enough. You may not need to reapply the sealer for years.
- 30 minutes or no absorption: There is no need for a sealer.
There are so many benefits that come with using a granite countertop. Even so, these countertops do have their share of weaknesses. Water absorption is the biggest weakness. The good news is that there is a solution for this as you have seen.
All things considered, if you don’t mind sealing your granite countertops every once in a while and you love the look and durability these countertops offer then you should go for it. Always consult a professional installer before choosing granite countertops. The countertops are not built the same. Some are better than others and only an experienced installer will be able to direct you to the best one. In addition to that, it is paramount that you consider where you will be installing the countertops. You want to make sure they blend in perfectly in the bathroom or kitchen. Having the granite countertops installed properly is also the key to getting the best performance. Refrain from installing them on your own.