How To Choose Granite Countertops
The choice of granite should be among the first of choices to make in the design of your wider counter area.
While the granite counter should accommodate and act with a sense of synergy with other design elements,
it should play a central role in the presence it occupies.
If you are aware of the color and species of granite, you are already partways there. If are you unsure
about the type of granite, find an outlet offering the best selection you can. You could start by
browsing websites although reproduced color through an electronic screen is often a far shot from
the real thing. There are near limitless values of granite; the fleck dispersion, and patterns of formation/uniformity.
Gloss & reflectivity.
Visit the dealer and view the slabs on display
. Bring samples for the floor, wall color, cabinets and even
the finishes of the fridge and dishwasher. This will help visualize the granite in the intended setting.
Finding the slab that matches your tastes, dimensions for your planned design and that falls within your budget,
isnít always that easy. You will notice that even slabs from the same quarry can differ so be sure and have the
granite slab you want identified for selection
. Ask for granite samples that you can take if you are unsure.
Although again, samples of the natural stone arenít exact since every piece of granite is not the same.
Nevertheless, visiting the dealer will enable you to discover what is out there in terms of granite for your counter.
While at the dealer, inquire what polished surfaces they offer
and get samples of this too, along with an unpolished
sample. Knowing that the polished granite will reflect accordingly - appropriate lighting should be planned for this,
to avoid too much glare for the right luminosity.
Ask about relative hardness and durability of the granites they carry
The choice of edging or 'nosing'
is highly visible on the countertop. It will
significantly help in establishing the style of counter, and thus the kitchen
or area it is
placed in, besides the total cost for fabricating
your chosen slabs. Enhancing or detracting from the character of the granite
The granite you finally install should be one in which you have an intense interest, and one that you are prepared
to live with for some time because it creates a unique presence in any room.
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