Grumbling About Granite
Not Frugal and Not Missed
by Nikki Willhite
I guess I don't have to grumble about granite anymore.
Finally granite has "had its day", and homeowners are opting for other
countertop materials that don't take as much time or money to maintain.
Some of these other materials may cost as much to purchase, but they are definitely
more frugal when you take into account their longevity and low maintenance.
If anyone is still thinking of installing granite in their homes, here are a
few things you should know before you make that decision.
Granite is beautiful. However, to keep it looking that way takes a lot of work...
At least once a year you have to maintain the surface.
Basically, this process involves 4 steps.
1. You must clean the counter. I don't mean just wash it down with a rag.
It must be seriously clean. You are encouraged to buy granite cleaners
for this process.
2. After the granite is dry, you apply a sealer.
3. After the sealer is dry, you apply the polish.
4. Finally, you buff until your granite is shiny and your arms
It can take all day to get through the process with the drying
time, and the products required to maintain granite are not cheap. It is not frugal,
nor is it compatible with simple living.
You also have to be careful what you put on granite. Anything that leaks water
will ruin the granite over time. This can be tricky in bathrooms with
and soap dishes.
One last consideration about granite is that it often has to be
seamed it to fit
countertop. The seams are vulnerable to coming apart, which is a costly
repair. You have to be careful what you do on your granite counter so that
you do not risk weakening the seams.
There are many other surfaces that you
can put on your counters that are extremely durable, do not need to be seamed and last for years. Many
of them can be refinished after 20 years and look as good as new.
One of the ways to get more character into your kitchen is to combine decorating
materials. Even though it is a lot of work, if you have a large kitchen
with an island, think about just putting granite
on the island and using another material for your countertops. This is a good
compromise to bring the beauty of granite into your home with less hassle.
If you have granite in your home, enjoy the beauty. However, if you are
looking to remodel or choosing between surfaces, be aware that everything
is not positive about granite.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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