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Granite and Other Stone Countertops
One of the hottest trends in home remodeling these days is to replace the kitchen countertops with one made from granite or other natural stone. Actually, it is not limited to the kitchen – many homeowners are using granite for bathroom vanities, fireplace hearths, window sills, table tops, and other surfaces.
What makes granite so desirable for countertops and other applications? For most people, it’s granite’s stunning natural beauty that can completely transform the look of a room, and the availability of a wide range of colors and natural patterns or grains. But granite has other attractions – as one of nature’s hardest materials, it is an excellent choice for a long-lasting, scratch resistant and burn resistant surface. As kitchens have become increasingly the main gathering room in the house, homeowners are more inclined to make them attractive and inviting places, and granite can play a big role in doing so. A granite countertop has become a “must-have” for many upscale homes, especially when the home is on the market for sale.
When starting your search for granite countertops, there a several important things to consider:
- Type of stone – there are a lot of different colors and patterns of granite, and no two slabs are alike. You will want to pick out the very slab that your countertop will be fabricated from.
- Measurements – make at least a rough sketch with measurements of your existing countertops, if possible. In order to come up with a price, the granite retailer will need to know not only how much material will be needed, but also how many cuts and seams will be required.
- Thickness – be aware that most standard granite countertops in the eastern US measure 3 centimeters (approx. 1-1/4 inches), but there are also 2 centimeter (approx. ¾ inches) versions available. 2 cm material is a viable product, but may require a supporting substrate underneath where 3 cm will generally not. In addition, 2 cm granite will not allow as much overhang without additional support.
- Back splash – You will likely want to have some sort of a back splash to protect the wall surface behind the countertop, and to provide an attractive look. Some opt for a simple 3 or 4 inch granite piece (same material as the countertop), but many are choosing a full tile back splash, covering the entire wall area from the countertop to the bottom of the wall cabinets. A wide variety of tile and accent tiles can make this type of backsplash a beautiful complement to the granite countertop.
- Installation – Most granite suppliers will provide installation of the countertops, and that is required, as this is not a DIY project. However, make sure that the installer or someone will be able to take care of any plumbing, leveling, or other issues that may arise.
While Granite is the most popular choice for countertops today, there are other options available. Quartz has become another attractive choice. Quartz, while consisting of somewhere near 90% natural quartz is actually an engineered surface – the quartz is mixed with a resin to provide a countertop with virtually no maintenance (does not need periodic sealing like granite does). Marble is a beautiful classic material that is widely available, but has the disadvantage of being softer and porous, so scratching and staining are issues. Other surfaces such as soapstone are available, but it also has the disadvantage of being a softer material that is prone to scratches.
In summary, granite and other stone countertops are one of the most important items in improving and updating your home today. Careful consideration of the product and supplier choices will help to ensure a successful remodeling project.