If your building or remodeling project includes countertops, consider the pros and cons of honed granite. Honing stops the polishing process just before the granite achieves a high gloss finish. The result is granite with a matte finish, giving the stone a softer appearance with little reflection. Its beauty, durability and value should be weighed against its cost and required maintenance.
Honed granite is a popular choice for countertops because of its beauty and versatility. Whether for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and indoor or outdoor recreation areas, the variety of colors and patterns available offer options for just about any design style. Because honed granite is a natural stone, no two slabs of granite are the same, ensuring that your countertop will have its own unique colors and shading. Honed granite can be polished to a flat matte finish or to a very low gloss to match your style.
Honed granite’s hardness makes it durable. In fact, diamonds are the only material harder than granite. This makes honed granite countertops ultra-resistant to scratching, chipping, cracking or breaking. It is also resistant to heat, allowing you to place hot pots and pans directly from the oven or stovetop directly on your honed granite countertop without concern for scorching or burning.
Generally recognized to add more value to a home than laminate countertops, honed granite is a popular choice for upgrading the look of a room. It is a staple of popular home design and improvement shows such as those on HGTV and the DIY Network, and designs featured in decorating magazines such as House Beautiful. For resale value, honed granite’s softer appearance appeals to a broad range of potential buyers.
A honed granite countertop costs more than the same granite pattern with a high gloss finish due to the difference in the polishing process. Granite is more expensive than other countertop alternatives such as laminate.
Though granite in general is a low maintenance material, the same process that makes honed granite so beautiful can also cause it to require more care. Honing gives granite a degree of absorbency, making honed granite more susceptible to staining, fingerprints and water marks. Spills on honed granite should be wiped up immediately and resealing may be necessary to further protect it.
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