Despite the fact that they used to be seen only with expensive and luxurious homes, granite countertops have grown to be a popular option among many residential properties. They serve a status symbol that the homeowner is indeed style conscious. To make sure that you are shopping responsibly, you have to be aware of all your options when it comes to granite as not all countertops are created equally.
Hand versus machine fabrication – stones can be made either by machine or by hand. If you want something that can provide you high quality and not bothered about the price, go for handcrafted finish. Machine fabrication on the other hand is ideal for mass production but, the machine occasionally fails to polish edges. There are several other companies that do compensate for rougher edges by waxing them but the thing is, the wax will wear off sometime soon.
Inquire about installation – several of the established warehouse style suppliers don’t fabricate stones or install the end product. Instead, they only supply for some other contractors, stores or wholesale buyers. You have to make inquiries before you begin with your shopping if you are searching for a service provider that installs granite countertops.
Seams – this is basically the line where the stone pieces meet. Granite countertops can be fabricated individually and then assembled or vice versa. Edges would look better if it’s assembled first but this will require exceptional craftsmanship and steady hands. Meaning, such process is going to be more expensive. It is vital that you ask if the craftsperson is using a suction automated machine in installing the seams.
Thickness – most of the time, counters are approximately 2 or 3 cm thick. For kitchen application, you must insist on having 3cm granite installed as 2cm thick stone has 70 percent likelihood to break sooner or later. For bathroom applications on the other hand, there’s a tendency to be smaller and for that, the thinner you go, it’ll be fine.
Overhang – the amount of stone hanging on your kitchen countertop’s edge is called the overhang. Overhang is very popular most especially for the purpose of kitchen island because it easily creates additional space. If you choose thinner slab of granite, you may have to brace underneath in order to avoid breaking.
It happened so fast when granite countertops amassed the attention of the general public as being the ideal option for bathroom and kitchens. Despite the fact that they all look the same, these differences do affect the appearance, durability and of course, pricing of the slab of stone you want to install.