Granite tile is tried-and-true. It rose to prominence in the past thirty years or so, and it’s been going strong ever since! But why is granite tile the go-to countertop tile? Read on to find out:
What’s Granite Tile, and Why’s It So Hot?
Granite is a natural stone that’s formed by the crystallization of molten rock. It forms under tremendous pressure and heat, and as such, is one of the hardest and most acid-resistant stones we use in tile.
Granite tile is uniquely suitable to countertops. Its gorgeous patterning is flattering to any design, and its eminent functionality makes it often a more suitable pick than a softer, rarer stone such as marble or onyx.
Where Do People Use Granite Tile?
Granite is the go-to for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, though it’s also gaining popularity as a flooring choice. It comes in tile form or in slab form; many people prefer tile because it’s lighter, smaller, and easier to customize. It’s resistant to acid, which makes it good for meal-prep counters. (One word of caution: Due to its porous nature, it’s important to keep granite tile as dry as possible.)
Pros of Granite Tile
- Reasonably priced. While granite tile is expensive compared to other materials, out of stone tiles, granite is generally where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. This is due to a combination of factors, such as its durability, longevity, and overall value.
- Easy installation. Granite tile is easy for contractors to install. Although it’s a porous stone, its hardness makes it resistant to damage that can affect softer materials during the installation process.
- Highly durable. Because it’s porous, granite tile requires sealing. However, it’s highly resistant to stains, scratches, cracks, and other damage.
- Property value. When you install granite tile in your home, your property values are likely to go up. Why? Durability and longevity. Buyers know that a granite countertop is going to last, and they won’t have to redo the counters or floors for many years, if at all.
Cons of Granite Tile
- Requires maintenance. Like all stone flooring options, granite tile does require regular maintenance. It needs to be sealed regularly, and it’s best to keep it dry as much as possible to avoid the chance of water staining.
- Heavy. If you’re using granite as a flooring option, you may be limited as to what rooms you can put it in. Some contractors will not install granite flooring above the ground floor of a home, due to weight concerns.
Is granite tile in your future? If you’re ready to raise the value of your home with granite countertops or floors, visit our showroom today! Our tile experts will be able to answer any questions you have and walk you through the design and installation process.