Granite Countertops in Independence, Missouri
Installing custom granite countertops is a great way to upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen, bathroom, or other living space in your home. Granite enhances the appearance of any room and instantly increases the value of your home.
Granite is one of the most popular options because of its beauty and durability. Its versatility makes it a great addition to virtually any room in the house.
Gaumats International proudly serves clients in the Independence, Missouri region. Independence is known for the Truman Library & Museum, which offers a glimpse into the life and career of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman. Locals and visitors can also enjoy a tour of the Frontier Trails Museum or take a ride in a wagon tour to learn all about the pioneer era.
Independence, Missouri Granite Countertops
We specialize in custom granite surfaces and countertops and proudly offer Independence customers customized, high-quality workmanship for the best granite countertop prices.
Gaumats works one-on-one with clients to determine the best custom design to fit their individual needs. Because granite is so versatile, we frequently take on projects such as:
- granite kitchen counter-tops
- bathroom sinks
- granite vanities
- kitchen & bathrooms
- kitchen sinks
Most Popular Types of Kitchen Countertops Pros and Cons
The kitchen is one of the busiest places in the house. From hectic family breakfasts to sit-down dinners and large gatherings, the type of kitchen counter you have can make your life easier or keep you busy maintaining it. Below are some of the more popular kitchen counter options and the pros and cons of each.
- Pros: Variety of styles and colors, easy to clean, affordable
- Cons: Not resistant to heat or scratching, can sometimes look cheap
- Pros: Polishes, elegant look
- Cons: Prone to stains, is a soft stone and is easily scratched, high maintenance
- Pros: Resistant to scratching, a variety of colors and styles, easy to clean
- Cons: Not heat resistant, can be costly
- Pros: Sturdy material, versatile, multiple color and style options, resistant to heat
- Cons: Requires a sealant, can stain easily, grout can be high maintenance, chipping
- Pros: Durable, easy to clean
- Cons: Can look like a restaurant kitchen or colder, can scratch or dent, loud surface
- Pros: Elegant, natural, durable, scratch resistant, multiple colors and styles available
- Cons: Can chip if not careful, but repair is easy; hard surface
Granite Care and Maintenance
One of the main benefits of a granite countertop, sink or backsplash is that its low maintenance. Caring for your granite counters is as easy as wiping them down daily with a soft sponge soaked in soap and water. Because most granite is sealed, certain chemicals can strip the sealant, so it’s best to stick with soap and water. Granite may eventually need to be resealed, which can easily be done about every 3 to 5 years. Sealing granite helps keep it resistant to stains. Because granite varies in how porous it is, some items need to be sealed more often than others.
Sealing a Granite Countertop
When sealing a granite countertop, only choose products designed for natural stone. There are products specifically designed to seal granite that can be found at most home improvement stores. Make sure you follow specific instructions on the sealant bottle if you’re sealing the granite yourself. Always clean the granite first and allow it to dry, wear gloves and make sure windows are open or you’re in a well-ventilated area. It’s also best to always test a section of the granite before applying it all over the surface and to apply the sealant evenly. Allow the sealant to be absorbed into the stone and sometimes it may require a second coat. Remove any additional sealant to avoid a hazy look. After you’re finished applying the sealant, it will need to cure for several hours. It’s best to leave the counters alone for at least two days.
Best Cleaning Products for Granite
Harsh chemicals and abrasive sponges can damage a granite surface. Acidic cleaners such as vinegar and ammonia should also be avoided, as well as bleach. Soap and water is the best and safest way to clean a granite countertop. Should you have a tough stain or soap and water isn’t working, you can mix a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent isopropyl alcohol.
Gaumats International, LLC was formed 13 years ago by Apul and Daisy Gaumat. Family-owned and run, we treat our clients like family and take pride in offering the highest-quality granite slabs with custom craftsmanship to meet our clients’ individual needs and styles.
Each project is custom fabricated in our state-of-the-art facility and we continually strive to provide the best experience for our clients at affordable prices.
If you live in the Independence region and are interested in a quote for custom-designed granite, contact us today at 816-847-8228.