For its elegance and durability, granite has become the preferred countertop. In its natural state, granite is available in just about any color and in patterns solid, speckled, and veined. With so many options, selecting the perfect stone can be overwhelming! Allow DiscountedGranite to help. By following a few simple suggestions, you can pick the best stone for your kitchen.
Visit DiscountedGranite to see all of the options for yourself. When you come, bring your cabinet and flooring samples with you. You want to make sure the colors are complimentary and work well together. Once you find a few selections that work well, choose the one you truly LOVE! The perfect stone will really make your kitchen come to life.
Granite colors fall into six general categories, determined largely by the base color, patterns, and shades evident in the stone.
Black: This is one of the most popular choices. A unique combination of quartz, feldspar and microcline, make a solid matte black rare. However, quarries in India, South Africa, Australia, and Sweden provide black granite that has little variation in base color and pattern. The quartz characteristics of the granite give this stone a textured facade.
Azul: This is the second most popular choice due to the complexity of patterns and color. Blue is the dominant color with supplementary shades of blue, whites, black, and gray. This type is primarily mined in Brazil and Spain.
White: White granite is found in China, Italy, and Brazil. Due to the striations and chemical composition of the stone, true white is not possible. But the closest provides a base of white with patterns of gray and black. Ivory granite is another option.
Gold and Copper: This stone is prized for its warm metallic tones and includes elements of white, black, and gray. Gold and copper granite is found around the world with the richest deposits in Brazil and Italy.
Green: This color provides a consistent base with a wide array of secondary tones. Norway supplies a green that is supported by shades of blue and aqua. From India, green granite is complimented by rose and gray. There are also greens that include black striping or metallic flecks.
Rose: By far the rarest of all granites! While reds are more plentiful, a truly rose stone is exotic. This base color varies from rose to lavender and includes supporting colors of white and yellow. Some variations offer tones of black that add depth and drama. This stone is found primarily in Brazil and China.
Upgrading the details in your home is a sure way to increase the market value. It enables you to demand a higher dollar for the following reasons…
Add Appeal: Installing granite adds elegance and appeal to any home. Potential homebuyers scrutinize every detail of a house. Their goal is to make sure they are getting the most for their money. Kitchens and bathrooms are main focal points. Beautiful, high quality features like natural stone may motivate a buyer to purchase your home.
Add Sophistication: Granite is now an element discerning homebuyers have come to expect. Granite adds sophistication to kitchens and sleek style to bathrooms. With such a variety of available options, granite coordinates beautifully with any decor.
Add Value: Granite is preferred by homebuilders and remodelers not just for its sheer elegance, but for its overall durability. It significantly outlasts other materials and with very low maintenance, granite countertops can last a lifetime. Granite offers a timeless appeal that only increases with age. Upgrading your countertops to granite will immediately add twenty-five percent of its retail value to the appraisal of your home
Worth It: Unlike traditional laminate countertops, granite will never wear out, nor need to be replaced. Granite is a worthy investment. Not only can you increase the aesthetic appeal of your home, you can add quantifiable value on the final sale price. Those are two things to smile about.
Few surfaces are as durable as granite. When buffed to a shiny luster, nothing compares to its depth and beauty. However, since granite is naturally porous, moisture and oils can permeate and create temporary discoloration. When sealed properly, on the other hand, your granite will be both beautiful and low maintenance.
Granite sealer can be purchased at any major hardware store, and is often available in a spray bottle. Always follow the directions on the bottle. Here are the basic instructions… To begin, clear your countertops and use a mild detergent to clean any grease or oil spots. Allow the granite to dry completely, even overnight before applying the sealer. Spray the sealer onto one small area at a time, rubbing in with a dry cloth. Once the sealer has absorbed (in usually less than 15-minutes), rub off the excess with a dry cloth. To test the success of your application, sprinkle a few drops of water onto the surface. The drops should bead up, and not sink into the granite. Otherwise, you may need to reapply. Once applied correctly, sealer should last a lifetime.
Many products are available to clean and polish your sealed granite surface. Typically kitchen countertops do not require polishing once they are sealed. But, this is a popular option for maintaining a granite floor’s sparkling sheen.
Do you love the new granite countertops in your kitchen, but hate the price of the commercial granite cleaner? You can make your own! Although granite is easily damaged by any cleaner that is acid-based, it is easy to make cleanser that is safe for your countertops. By following these instructions, you can clean your granite countertops with ingredients you have on hand.
Shop for the best value. Most granite installation companies offer free in-home estimates. We invite you to schedule us and several other companies to compare prices. You will find DiscountedGranite truly offers the highest quality stone for the lowest possible price.
Once you decide where to purchase your granite, select a color compatible with the décor of your home. Since granite is a natural stone, color variation, pits, and hairline cracks are common. This adds to the natural beauty of your stone. Therefore, your granite countertop will not be identical to the showroom sample. DiscountedGranite encourages you to choose your own slab directly from our warehouse.
Next, decide if you prefer a drop-in or under-mounted sink. You must provide your fabricator with sink templates, so it is important to purchase your sinks before work begins.
Choose a countertop depth. Granite countertops are either two or three centimeters (3/4 or 1 inch) thick. Thicker granite countertops are more expensive, but are stronger and more attractive. Two-centimeter countertops cost less, but usually require plywood supports and laminate edges.
Determine what type of countertop edges you want. If you don’t see what you like in our showroom, ask us for a custom design. Consider cabinet detail and other architectural features of your home when making your decision.
Decide if seamless countertops are important to you. Seams in granite are often visible, so you may choose to pay extra for seamless fabrication. Seams can be placed near sinks to minimize their appearance, but this may gradually damage the grout due to water exposure. Ask your installer what would work best for you.