If you're looking to add value to your home by remodeling your kitchen counters, granite is probably one of the better choices you can make. Installing granite countertops in your kitchen instantly adds at least 10% resale value to your home. Potential homebuyers are always impressed by granite counters. Granite's durability and beauty make it one of the most surefire home improvement projects you can invest in.

Granite is valuable in no small part due to the fact that it requires a ton of heavy machinery and man power to dig up. Granite is usually found in large rock piles. Large slabs of stone have to be cut up and transported. Granite is an intrusive rock, which means that it is often found within other types of rocks and must be dug out of them before it can be used.

Extreme Durability
Granite is a crystalline, igneous rock that is formed from cooled magma. Because it comes from deep within the earth where pressures are extreme, granite particles are very densely packed. In fact the average density of granite is 2.75 grams per cubic centimeter; that's second only to diamond. This extreme density accounts for the notorious hardness and durability of granite. And it is this toughness that attracts a lot of home buyers to granite countertops. You could drop a dozen ceramic plates onto a granite counter at once, and it wouldn't make a dent. Granite is also heat resistant, so you can place hot plates and pans directly on top of it without having to worry about damaging its surface in any way.

But it's not only the toughness of granite that appeals to home owners and homebuyers. It's also the beauty of granite that makes granite countertops appealing. Granite counters have a smooth, polished surface that comes in a wide variety of earthy colors. The effect is that granite countertops look sleek, elegant and warm. They are cool without being impersonal or industrial-looking, which is a quality that stainless steel countertops suffer from. And because they are so durable, granite counters can easily last a lifetime, with no further remodeling required. The cabinets and shelves might change, but granite counters rarely need to be replaced.

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