Things to Consider when Installing Granite Countertops
Whether you are building your dream home from the ground-up, or renovating an existing kitchen and bathroom, it is important to educate yourself along the process to ensure you reach your desired outcome. Here are a few things to consider when choosing and installing your new countertops.
1.How much granite will you need to complete your job?
A smaller surface area may present different options regarding which materials you choose, and how much you spend. At Southern Stone, we have a large variety of remnant stones, and half-slabs you can use to complete your job. A larger surface area will usually warrant the use of a full slab (or more), to ensure your countertops perfectly match your home. At Southern Stone, we will send out our experts to do a complimentary in-home estimate to get you off to the right start!
2.Do you anticipate heavy traffic in that area of your home?
Movement and colors in granite has an impact on more than just pricing. Do you anticipate heavy traffic in your kitchen or bathroom? Is it likely that sauce or wine spills will not be cleaned immediately? If your answer to either question is ‘yes’, it is possible you could benefit from choosing a darker granite with more movement. The extra movement and pigment not only creates a beautiful and unique appearance, it also helps mask imperfections like grape juice spills that aren’t quickly cleaned up.
3.How are the pits on the granite?
When you think you have found the slab you want, it is important to pay special attention to any hairline fractures, or excessive pitting. Observe the number of pits there are in the granite slab and how big each cavity is. A low-quality piece of granite will have more holes and larger holes than high-quality granite. Even the smallest flaws can decrease the durability of your granite significantly.
As overwhelming as choosing the right granite for your home may feel, Southern Stone Cabinets & Granite is here to help you every step of the way whether it’s in the showroom, or as we are installing your custom cabinets!
Visit our showroom at: 2044 Valleydale Terrace Birmingham, AL 35244
or call us at: 205-989-5699
2/4/2021 02:26:58 pm
It really helped when you said it's important to consider the space where you want to install granite countertops. My wife and I want to start building our dream house, and after looking at our options, we decided we definitely want a granite countertop for our kitchen. That's why we think your article will help us. We appreciate your information about what to consider when installing granite.
8/2/2022 02:44:35 am
I appreciate you mentioning how darker granite tones are better at managing spills. We've been trying our best to make our kitchen easier to clean, and spills are some of the most common things we deal with here during parties. Since this material can stand up to it well, I'll ask for some dark granite when I work with a countertop provider in the area.
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Southern Stone is where your dream kitchen and bathroom can come to life at an affordable price without compromising the integrity of our work. We offer a beautiful selection of solid wood cabinets, along with quartz, and granite counter tops for your kitchen and bathroom.