By Tom Munro
Unlike many other surfaces used for kitchen countertops, granite seems to be timeless. Consider your options carefully because other solid surface materials can date your home. Natural stone continues to gain momentum with beautiful, durable and affordable granite colors like Amarillo Boreal, New Venetian Gold and Uba Tuba leading the way. These colors are typically available as a base grade selection and are considered the most popular choices for kitchen countertops.
Design Tip: If your considering new countertops for the kitchen, granite countertops with a tumbled stone tile backsplash is still the most popular combination.
Maintenance: Granite countertops with a tumbled stone tile backsplash will be sealed with a 15 year sealer and can be cleaned with warm water and mild liquid detergent.
Cost: The granite cost is based on many variables other than just the square footage. For many kitchens, the cost of granite countertops with a tile backsplash will fall between $100.00 and $200.00 per linear foot, with a tile backsplash for an additional $750.00 and up.