Granite: Pros and Cons


  • Mother Nature made this material. It’s 100% natural, which is why it’s such a popular choice with homeowners, designers, and architects.
  • Granite isn’t as strong as quartz, but that doesn’t mean it’s a wimpy choice, either. It’s still a strong stone and extremely durable. But, just like quartz, it’s not indestructible (it can break or chip if abused). And if you happen to spill red wine on it (oh, the horror!), it will stain.
  • Granite is one-of-a-kind. Yep, I’m going to use the word unique, because each granite slab is exactly that. For many people, this is a pro. For others, this is a con, so I’m going to include it in both lists. So why would I consider this a pro? Well, many people like the concept of exclusivity—they like the idea that no one else will have the exact same countertop as they have.


  • Granite doesn’t offer color consistency. Remember how I said “ one of kind” is a pro and a con? Well, on the con side, this means the appearance isn’t uniform. No two stones are alike. Even the sample you see probably won’t look like what you end up installing in your home. It’s a beautiful stone, for sure, but it might not be the beautiful stone you were imagining.
  • Granite countertops need to be sealed. You need to seal them when they’re installed and every year afterwards. Why? Because granite is a porous material, which means it can harbor bacteria, germs, mold, and other unhealthy things in its nooks and crannies. Sealing takes care of this issue. While some people seal their granite countertops every three years, I recommend doing it yearly. If for any reason the sealant on the counter becomes compromised, your countertop can harbor germs and easily stain.
  • It’s impossible to hide the seams in a granite counter, especially if your stone has veins or directional movement in the pattern. Expect the seams to show up once the fabricator installs your countertop.

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