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By: Danny Lipford
One of the first questions people often ask at the start of a kitchen renovation is “can I get granite countertops on my budget?”
The answer to that question is yes a lot more often now than it once was because granite has become more affordable. Technical advances in the tools used to fabricate it have reduced the labor involved and therefore the overall cost.
It’s hard to beat the look of granite but it’s also one of the most user-friendly surfaces for things like rolling dough and pastries. And because it’s stone, there’s no fear of burning or scorching it with a hot pan. However, while Granite is scratch resistant, it can be scratched and the surface can also be stained by things like coffee. In fact it needs to sealed at least once a year to maintain the finish.
Granite comes in a large variety of colors, but the lower prices are limited to a few choices, some starting at $35-$40 a square foot. But the price can go as high as $300 a square foot depending on your selections.