As granite is virtually indestructible, it is the perfect solution for any kitchen counter or bathroom vanity. Being a natural stone, its surface is resistant to heat, scratches, and stains. In fact, one may even cut directly upon such a surface although a cutting board is definitely recommended, mostly to avoid knives from dulling. However, it is imperative that the surface be sealed twice yearly with a special product, in order to maintain it properly and ensure longevity. Also, it’s important to clean it regularly, using gentle cleansers. When it comes to kitchen remodelling, granite provides homeowners with a low maintenance surface that will also increase the home’s property value, bringing homeowners a high return rate.
Virtually no other surface material can compare the longevity and cost-effectiveness of granite while having the capacity to beautify a space so effortlessly. Created especially by nature, each stone slab is unique in its own way with its colours and textures. With minimal care, granite will always look fabulous, and will never rot like other materials used on countertops. Although its initial cost may be greater than cheaper options, it is quite affordable, considering all its benefits and its long lifespan, not to mention the return on the initial investment when a property sale is on the horizon. Keep in mind that granite countertops can be an important selling point.
When considering installing granite counters, pay careful attention to the colour choices available, as there are several. There are standard and exotic colours, which range from white to black, and a rainbow choices in between for a perfect fit in either your kitchen or bathroom. Several criteria determine the colours of these stones, which include availability, rarity, thickness, patterns, veins, and its country of origin. One other criterion involves current fashion trends. Exotic granite depicts a distinctive pattern that’s naturally within the colour, so it is typically more expensive than the standard stone.
Personalizing granite is done by choosing edges, and there are many to pick from. Elegant edges can significantly increase the price of the countertops, so it’s important to consider the available budget before placing an order.
Aside from countertops adorned with granite, there are also numerous backsplash options that will further beautify the kitchen while protecting the bare walls from splattering food during meal preparation, or during the cooking process. Homeowners can choose from tiles or a full granite backsplash in a wide array of colours and designs.
Granite fabrication is a process that differs from one company to another, and some companies go the extra mile to ensure a top quality product is delivered to their customers. The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” applies to this process and the finished product. The best is known as the Wet Process, whereby each stage of the manufacturing process is completed using water, from cutting and grinding to shaping and polishing. From there, one of the most important steps is templating, where the counters are digitally measured to ensure all variables are taken into account. Templating guarantees a perfect fit for an aesthetically appealing finish. No matter what the design or type of angle, each piece will join with the next one seamlessly.
Polishing the stone is another crucial step in delivering an impeccable product. A top product will be hand-polished to ensure it generates the highest quality sheen. Some companies, to save time and money, will use a wax or a chemical to deliver this high polish on the stone. It’s important to understand the exact polishing process, as these cover-ups are only temporary, and in a few months, the inferior polishing method will start to show dull areas on certain parts of the stone. Becoming familiar with the different types of processes in granite fabrication will avoid any unpleasant surprises in the future. Knowing the differences can allow consumers to make informed decisions about their renovation project.
When planning your home improvement project, be sure you and your contractor are on the same page regarding design, likes and dislikes, expectations, and so on. This will save you time and money, not to mention, unnecessary headaches and disappointment. A reputable contractor will deal with a reputable granite supplier. Once the granite countertops are installed, take the time to learn how to care for your them. Although the stone is practically indestructible, it can be damaged. For instance, as it is a crystalline structure, a hard and heavy object, like a cast iron skillet, dropping upon it can chip its finished edge, and abrasive cleansers could scratch a polished surface.