Granite Flooring has become increasingly popular in the last 5-10 years. Aside from its beauty, Granite has several obvious benefits to homeowners. Besides being used as flooring, granite is also used in countertops and backsplashes.
Not For The Feint of Heart – Or Wallet
Granite flooring can give your home an aura of richness. It definitely has a natural beauty that quite surpasses most other flooring materials. For this reason, granite is quite expensive. In addition, it is very heavy and so must be installed by professionals, adding to the cost. Granite also must be frequently cleaned and sealed, also by professionals. The maintenance costs do begin to add up.
Granite is a natural stone product. As such, it is completely biodegradable, making it a favorite among environment-conscious homeowners. Granite is bacteria, allergen and moisture resistant (when sealed).
Granite is very hard, durable and long lasting. Granite is not so porous as marble, and so does not have to be sealed if using in areas that will be exposed to moisture. Granite flooring can still however, attract stains. Granite flooring is much harder and more durable than marble. It is also more stain-resistant. Granite can be used in kitchens, bathrooms and entryways, due to its resistance to moisture and for its durability.
Leave It To The Professionals!
We advise you not to attempt installation of granite flooring unless you are a seasoned do-it-yourselfer or a professional. There are several reasons for this. One, granite is very heavy; you don’t want to end up hurting yourself. Two, it requires extreme precision and know-how to install. Installation, even in the flattest and squarest room takes lots of experience to know how to do correctly. Three, repair jobs are often very difficult and complex. Cracked or broken granite requires a professional to repair it.
You should always get more than one estimate if you are considering purchasing granite for any purpose. Below are some key points to consider when choosing a company to purchase and install your granite:
1. How much experience do they have?
2. How will any repairs, should they be needed, be handled?
3. What kind of performance guarantee do they offer?
4. How long will the job take (realistically!)?
Aside from the regular cleaning needed depending on foot traffic, granite flooring is relatively simple to keep clean. Simply sweep well and go over with a damp mop but do not use abrasive cleaners! Not only is it not necessary, but granite will stain and scratch if you do. Granite is virtually indestructible, hence its high cost. Additionally, it will last a lifetime with proper care.
Your granite flooring dealer should be able to give you product recommendations for cleaning.
Advantages/Disadvantages of Granite Flooring