By the end of the Gulf War, the U.S. had spent more than $60 billion (more than $100 billion in today’s dollars) in manpower and equipment. Apparently, one Forbes writer decided that this would be a good comparison as to how much Americans spent on granite countertops. Over the course of the decade, Americans may have spent just as much.
Of course, the figures are up for debate; but it just goes to show just how much Americans take their choice in interior flair seriously. Lisa Brandt for the London Free Press thinks countertops are one of three topics to avoid talking about in a party (the other two being religion and politics). It’s a bit peculiar, yes, but for good reason.
“Frequent dinner-party guests know there are three topics to avoid if you want to have a pleasant evening: politics, religion and countertops.
No matter what you prefer in a kitchen counter, there will undoubtedly be someone who thinks you’re out of touch and can’t wait to explain why before they’ll pass you the rolls.”
Although other countertops have the upper hand in certain categories, granite countertops still remain the prime choice for new and existing kitchens. During the so-called “countertop craze” in the late 1990s, the average spending for granite countertops for St. Louis and other places in the U.S. ranged between $1.2 to $6 billion. The trend lasted for at least a decade.
The only material rivaling granite in the market today is quartz. While granite also contains some amount of quartz, quartz countertops have more of the mineral. Due to its synthetic construction and resin content, these countertops don’t need resealing unlike granite. Given the fact that you use knives and mortars when cooking, however, both countertops reign supreme in durability.
What about the other countertop materials? They’re great when you have a limited budget, but the cost of granite countertops in St. Louis, MO and elsewhere is justified.
Granite countertops provide virtually no seams for food and fluids to seep through, given proper sealing. Before the countertop craze, stone countertops in general were the market underdogs; they were simply too expensive. Thanks to computer-assisted cutting, however, manufacturers managed to bring its price per square foot down to below $70.
It’s already established that granite isn’t for everyone. Then again, there’s no reason to rethink about your choice if it is for you. Countertop dealers like Granite Busters can get you one for a reasonable cost. In the end, the best material for a countertop is for the owner of the kitchen (or house) to decide.
(Source: House proud: There are more opinions on greatest choice for countertops as there are choices, London Free Press, October 6, 2013)