Granite countertops have been at the height of popularity for years now and in great demand for a high-end look with relatively little maintenance. The are substantial, visually stunning and extremely long lasting. As with all other countertop materials, they are an investment and you`ll want to be sure granite is the right choice by doing your research and homework. Granite is a natural, igneous rock composed of quartz, feldspar, micas, and a mixture of additional trace minerals. Forbes explains they types and amounts of the different minerals are what give granite different colors, textures and patterns. It typically 10 to 50% quartz, which is semi-transparent white, and 65 to 90% feldspar, usually pinkish or white. Generally, natural stone like granite is desirable because it has more character than man-made countertop surfaces. Granite is sourced from around the world, including India, Brazil, Norway, Italy and China. The world`s largest deep-hole dimension granite quarry is near Barre, Vermont.
A special leak detection system alerts owners if there is a leak, helping to prevent any major water damage in case something goes wrong. Bosch appliances presented a number of new appliances, including a coffee station and dishwasher, many of which can now be connected wirelessly with control systems like Alexa and Nest. Coffee lovers will adore the built-in automatic coffee machine. Of course, it makes all the coffee drinks like espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and such, but the best thing is its programmable functions. You can start your morning coffee while you’re still getting ready. If you’re having guests, you can pre-program their favorite coffee drinks so it makes entertaining easier. Best of all, it can be installed without a water line for manual filling, allowing you to have one just about anywhere. Bosch has been known for the quietest dishwashers, and now the company has added a third shelf. Called the MyWay Rack, it allows for more flexibility in the way the dishwasher is loaded. The third rack at the top is deep enough for cereal bowls and can accommodate large cooking utensils. It also has a silverware insert tray. The specially angled top shelf allows you to place stemware in the shelf underneath in a stable way that prevents the glasses from clanking together.
According to The Kitchen, don‘t use abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic liquids like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Frequent use of these chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time. How much does granite cost? Granite has a wide price range of $45-$400 per square foot per square foot, installed. The great variation is due to variations in the rarity of the stone, its thickness, origin, and any special features. Buyers should ask plenty of questions as to whether price quotes include installation. According to the Family Handyman, an ambitious DIY enthusiast can indeed install a granite countertop. If you have straight countertops with no inside corners, or are just installing an island, it‘s actually quite an easy DIY project.
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