We know there are lots of countertop options out there and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to try and narrow it down. We are here to help! Here is a quick breakdown of some pros and cons found in both Tile and Granite countertops.
You always want to see the big picture. Even though this is your home and you want it to be your dream kitchen remember that it’s also an investment. You don’t want to have to remodel not long after installing. You want something that is going to last and add value to your home should you want to sell. Granite Countertops are durable and add a rich, organic, beautiful feel to any room.
Since you are researching I am sure you know that the initial cost of tile is less than that of Granite. But the value of tile degrades quickly. Granite slabs are typically thicker than most tiles. Tiles run about 3/8ths an inch, leaving them vulnerable to cracks. Ever dropped a hot pan? Even the settling of a house has been known to leave tiles cracked or chipped. Granite slabs are usually between 3/4 of an inch and 1 1/8 of an inch thick. Meaning cracks are less likely. Another plus is that most chips can be patches with little or no trouble leaving the damage invisible to the naked eye.
Grout = Gross
Ever looked up how to clean grout? It brings up hundreds of options... because it’s an issue. Nothing degrades a tile countertop quicker than dirty grout. Once that seal is compromised, mold sets in. Bleach is a common substance used to fight the mold and unfortunately it only serves to compromise the grout further. But with stone there is not grout. No battle. Less of a hassle. At the end of the day you want to enjoy your kitchen, not be making chore lists.
Nothing beats nature... Nature creates unparalleled patterns and colors. Each slab is completely unique making the home unique as well.
Bottom line, tile may be more economical initially but the upkeep can be costly. Granite is timeless and durable, adding value and character to your home.