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Grumbling About Granite

Not Frugal and Not Missed

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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... and money. 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 are sore!

 

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 toothbrushes and soap dishes.

 

One last consideration about granite is that it often has to be seamed it to fit your 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 www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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