To get the most out of custom granite countertops in northern MN, you need to avoid shortcuts. This starts with the purchase and design process and continues with caring for them for as long as you own your home. Focus on finding the best product possible and assuring it lasts. Here is what not to do when it comes to granite countertops:
- Pursue deep discounts: If you go bargain shopping for granite counters, you will get what you pay for. That “discount granite” may not be granite at all. It can be highly stylized vinyl or lower quality quartz or granite. You will learn this the hard way when the shine reduces significantly after a few days of normal use or your counters develop cracks. Go with a reputable dealer and choose quality. Otherwise, your low price may cost you more later with repairs or completely replacing your countertops.
- Design sharp corners for busy places: One reason customers choose to customize is that they want countertops appropriate for their space. It allows you to adjust for odd-shaped rooms or personal preferences. Another element to consider is corners. Anyone who has hit a sharp corner on a table or counter knows how much that can hurt. If you are designing countertops for a high-traffic area, consider rounding the corners and reducing the impacts of human-counter collisions.
- Use “natural” cleaners: Granite does not stand up well to acidic substances. Those “natural” cleaners you feel are healthier for your household are not good for granite. Many of these products are made from lemon juice or vinegar, which contain a high acid count. You will dull the shine and even threaten the integrity of the granite. Use soft cleansers made specifically for stone.
- Sit or climb on them—or let your children do so: Granite is strong, and there is no doubt about that. However, too much weight concentrated in one spot can cause it to crack. That is because granite is not flexible, and unlike laminate countertops, there is no plywood backing. Discourage this behavior from children, and for adults who cannot reach the high cabinet spots, have a stepladder available. That is a safer alternative to climbing counters that will preserve their condition.
- Use as storage: This is especially an issue with granite countertops in bathrooms. The corrosive ingredients in nail care products, perfumes, makeup remover and even skin lotions will crack or discolor granite. If there is a leak or spill, you must wipe it up quickly. That can be difficult if a pet breaks an item while you are at work, only for you to arrive home to a big bathroom mess and granite that is already compromised. Keep these products on a wall shelf or stored away in a cupboard instead to prevent accidents.
Allow L & L Granite Countertops to design and install your new custom granite countertops in northern MN. We can discuss your preferences and create the perfect countertops. Call us today to get started!