Granite countertops are a timeless beauty. You'll find they are as
expensive as they are beautiful,
rivaling natural quartz countertops in both cost and beauty. They are sometimes
preferred over quartz because of their variation in veining and color. They also
usually display more "depth" than quartz countertops. Quartz is a natural
stone, but it goes through processing that leaves it 7-10% resin and uniform in
color and pattern.
Some folks simply love the idea of granite and want a completely natural
stone for their kitchen or bath.
- Are beautiful.
- Have a wide variation of color, veining, pattern
and depth, even in the same piece.
- Are very durable and hard.
- Heat resistant. Hot pots can be placed on the
- Can be cut into any design or pattern, round or
- Although granite is one of the most expensive countertop materials,
you can find deals if you are willing to look and do some research.
- Can be costly to install.
- Installation is not for the do-it-yourselfer.
Granite is heavy and may chip.
- Are wonderful to cook on, especially for kneading
dough and making pastries (although, if you have granite that is pitted, you
may not want to do this - the dough will get in the pits).
- A drawback of granite is that it can chip (although
granite countertops can be repaired by a professional).
- Need to be sealed yearly, or more often, because
granite stains easily.
THE PATH GRANITE TAKES TO GET TO YOUR KITCHEN
Granite is a natural stone, so it's quarried out of the earth, as it has been for thousands of
years. It comes from several different countries, many of which are in Asia and Africa.
Once the stone is quarried, it is shipped to a supplier, who may or may not
also fabricate (cut to specific dimensions) the stone for you, the customer.
SOME WAYS YOU CAN LOWER THE COST OF GRANITE
Granite is expensive, but you can lower your cost by getting involved in your
Suppliers often have warehouses where you can go and pick out your own
stone. You may be able to find discounted pieces, or choose from lower
grade stones, that may not necessarily be actually lower in quality.
Granite is priced by "tiers", with higher tiers being more expensive and
lower tiers less expensive. Lower tiers may be classified as lower, not
because of a poorer quality, but because they are less popular colors, or
perhaps they have a few more pits than the higher tiers. Or, maybe their pits
have been filled in more.
Ask your supplier to look at the lower graded tiers, then ask them why pieces
you may like are in that tier. You may find just what you're looking for,
at much less cost but having little difference in quality.
Also, some fabricators are using thinly cut granite and placing it on
a substrate (particle board core) for thickness. This will make your
granite more affordable, and no one will ever know it's not granite all way
through (unless they
look under your countertops - and then they're just snoopy!).
CARE FOR YOUR GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
Having a granite countertop does require some care and maintenance.
That's one of it's drawbacks vs. quartz.
Normal washing with soap and water is fine for everyday use, but yearly (or more
often) you'll have too seal your granite.
Granite is susceptible to stains. It is porous, and needs to be sealed
so it isn't ruined by these stains. Use a sealer that is recommended by
your granite supplier on your granite countertops.
Enjoy your granite - and remember - Have a Happy
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