5 Reasons to Add Granite Countertops to Your Home

Home remodeling projects are on the rise. According to the third annual Houzz & Home survey that compiles responses from homeowners across the nation to determine upcoming renovation trends, 22% of homeowners in the US will be updating their kitchen within the next two years. Of those projects, an incredible 89% will be an upgrade to new countertops. Granite countertops are a popular choice for a number of reasons, and here we outline why they are the perfect choice if you're planning a kitchen renovation or upgrade for your next home improvement project.

1. Resale value

According to Remodeling Magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value report, remodeling your kitchen is one of the best projects for increasing the value of your home. Upgrading countertops can change the entire aesthetic, giving it a rich look and feel by creating an instantly upscale environment for prospective buyers. Even if you're not considering putting your home on the market in the near future, if and when you do, you can rest assured that your upgrade will pay dividends. Realtors nation-wide report that upgraded kitchens make a home easier to sell. As the room in your home that's worth the post per square foot, the upgrade is worth the investment.

2. Durability

It's probably not surprising to learn that natural stone is one of the most durable, damage-resistant materials out there. Most times it comes with a lifetime guarantee because it is scratch and chip-resistant, and extremely difficult to damage. The surface will never freeze or grow mold or mildew. In addition, it's heat-resistant and won't ever melt or warp if you set hot pots or pans directly on it.

3. "Green" bandwagon

Granite countertops are 100% natural, and are a cornerstone of green construction. You can rest assured that the stone is an environmentally safe and non-toxic material to have in your home. This is a trendy choice and since each stone is different, your kitchen will have its own distinct style and texture thanks to your natural addition.

4. Easy-to-clean and maintain

Unlike marble or quartz, granite countertops don't require any fancy maintenance rituals or products. You can clean them with any mild household cleaning product without fear of causing damage. All that you need to maintain the beautiful surface is a topical sealant applied annually to keep the surface fresh and shiny.

5. Cost-effective

It might surprise you to learn that this natural stone option can fit in your budget. By working directly with a company or contractor with strong contacts with their factory or supplier, you're guaranteed great rates on the material. Be sure to ask for quotes on other materials and options if you're on the fence, but factor into the price the value granite adds. Plus, if you're handy around the house, you can save money by ordering the materials and doing the work yourself.

No matter the reason for your kitchen renovation, a countertop upgrade should be on your list for the year. It adds value and beauty to your home, and with just a little maintenance, the natural stone will look fantastic for years to come.