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Pros and Cons of Granite Slabs

GranitePros and Cons of Granite Slabs | Imperial Wholesale is a very popular choice for countertops and flooring, and for good reason. The material comes in a wide variety of colors and styles that are suited for any aesthetic, and the shining, premium look is desirable to many. If you visit one of our warehouses, you’ll see just how many beautiful varieties of granite we have available.

While granite may seem like the ideal choice for your next project, it’s important to know that, just like any stone, granite has its fair share of pros and cons. By reading up on our pros and cons of granite below, you’ll be able to make an educated decision about whether it’s right for your home.

The pros of granite slabs

Granite is popular choice for many reasons. It’s durable, easy to maintain, and has a beautiful design—to name a few. These benefits make granite an easy choice for home renovations.

The slab is durable

Granite is a popular choice for countertops and floors because of its remarkable durability. Granite scores a seven out of ten on Moh’s Scale of Hardness, meaning very few materials are able to scratch it.

This makes granite an obvious selection for flooring for those with pets, because their claws won’t be able to scratch it. It’s also an ideal material for flooring in high traffic areas, like your entryway, and areas that need to withstand high heat, like your kitchen or bathroom countertops.

It’s easy to clean and maintain

When properly sealed, granite is resistant to stains, dirt, moisture, and germs, which makes it a very low maintenance stone.

To clean, granite slab countertops only require a simple wipe of a damp cloth. Granite floors also only require an occasional sweeping or mopping. This means that, with granite slabs, you’ll rarely, if ever, have to worry about any demanding maintenance or repairs.

The material can increase the value of your home

Not only can granite increase the aesthetics of your home, but it can also increase the resale value of your home, making it an excellent investment. Granite slabs are heavily sought after and very popular with prospective home buyers, and can oftentimes dictate the listing price of your home. If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, granite countertops may be a worthy addition.

It’s the perfect floor year-round

No matter what time of the year it is, or what temperature it is, granite floors are a great fit. Granite is a great choice for flooring during the heat of Arizona summers. The material is porous, which allows it to absorb the coolness of an air-conditioned room. On the contrary, granite is also a great option for colder evenings. If you get chilly in the winter, granite floors are well suited for in-floor heating because of their durability and high resistance to heat.

Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and designs

Another large benefit to granite slabs is that they’re completely customizable. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and designs, which means you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect slab for your home’s color scheme. Also, the versatility of granite allows it to work for all home designs—from rustic to modern, and everything in between.

The cons of granite slabs

When it comes to granite slabs, there are several cons you should be aware of when considering if it’s the right stone for your next project. For example, it’s important to consider cost, the installation process, and the need for sealing.

Granite slabs are an investment

Granite slabs are premium stones and have a highly sought-after look and feel. Because of this, granite slabs can be expensive. If you’re looking to redo an entire kitchen or lay down flooring in a large room, remember to consider whether this material will work for your budget.

Factors that may influence the cost of granite slabs include:
  • Design
  • Color
  • Edging
  • Thickness
  • Amount of labor needed for installation
If you’re on a tight budget, granite slabs may not be right for your project. If you find yourself in this scenario, consider prefabricated countertops. Prefabricated countertops give a similar look and feel to granite slabs, but are oftentimes more cost-effective.

Granite requires professional installation

Granite is not a material that’s easily used for DIY projects. The process of installing this material can be difficult and time consuming. The slabs are heavy, and can be easily be damaged during installation if not handled by a professional. Installing granite for flooring is especially challenging, as irregularities in the subflooring of a room can cause the granite slabs to crack.

If your granite slab is damaged during the installation process, you have no other option but to replace the entire slab, which can be costly. To avoid this complication, make sure you have your granite slab installed professionally. At Imperial Wholesale, we offer expert installation with the purchase of our products.

Slabs require yearly sealing

Granite is a porous material that must be sealed to ensure liquids don’t absorb too quickly. While your granite will most likely be sealed before installation, we recommend re-sealing your granite at least once a year. If granite is not sealed, it’s more likely to absorb liquids, which may lead to stains. However, just because your granite is sealed, doesn’t always mean that it’s protected. Poorly sealed granite can harbor bacteria in its pores.

To ensure your granite stays properly sealed, we recommend avoiding acids, alkalis, or other chemicals such as bleach or ammonia when cleaning your granite. These harsh chemicals can degrade the granite’s sealer, making it more prone to stains and germs. Instead, we recommend cleaning granite with warm water and mild soap.

What’s next?

Are you 100% sold on granite? Or are you still on the fence and want to see other options? Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Granite is just one of the many stone slabs available near you at Imperial Wholesale. Visit us today to find the perfect stone for your next project, as well as expert advice. After being in the business for 40 years, it’s safe to say that we have the expertise to help your project go smoothly and to give you the results you want.