Many people are aware of the advantages of granite when installing new countertops in the home. Aside from the beauty, the durability is a major reason for homeowners choosing it. The kitchen is probably the most popular setting for a granite countertop. The fact that it’s impervious to heat is a good bonus for the kitchen. However, when venturing outside of the kitchen to the bathroom, the same rules apply. But do granite bathroom countertop have pros and cons?
As I mentioned, granite’s natural properties and look will improve any kitchen’s countertops. The bathroom is no different in that regard. In fact, granite’s resistance to water would especially come in handy in the bathroom. Protection from over-exposure to water is important in the kitchen. But the stone’s potential contact with water will probably be much higher in the bathroom. Granite is the least porous of all other natural stones like marble. Therefore, the chances of granite breaking down from consistent water exposure are practically non-existent.
Despite its heavy-duty and durable nature, granite is very versatile. It can be purchased in slabs or in tiles to suit individual styles and preferences. The same heavyweight characteristics will be accomplished with either tiles or slabs. The granite’s ability to be cut into any dimensions, allows homeowners to design and decorate their bathroom with unique and creative ways. They can also be tinted in almost any color. Again, when a sealant is applied they are virtually water resistant. Adding granite countertops to any bathroom will separate it from the ordinary.
The main disadvantages to granite countertops in the bathroom are the sheer weight of the stone. Granite is massive and heavy, especially if a single slab is used for the installation. If it’s broken down into tiles, they will still be extremely heavy, but much more manageable. This could not only make the installation a more problematic task, but will also factor into the ability to transport the granite to the home. These costs can become expensive as well.
When the granite gets to the site, it can be difficult to maneuver into the right position. There could be obstacles, like staircases, that can prove very challenging to scale with the granite. Such problems with installation will not typically occur with a kitchen. They are much more accessible than most bathrooms will be. Upon encountering these difficulties, some people will wonder if it was actually worth the trouble. Most people won’t think twice though. The upgrade to the bathroom will prove worth the effort, and continue to increase the home’s resale value. It’s still good to know what to expect.