admin, Saturday, April 29th 2017. Granite Kitchen Countertops.
Since a lot of the higher-level surface area in your kitchen is countertop, you'll want to make sure it's one you are proud of and like to look at. Select the right countertop with our Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide. It'll help you compare the differences among laminate countertops and other surface styles like solid surface, granite and quartz. Lowe's also has kitchen sinks, cabinets, trash compactors and garbage disposals for you to choose from to accompany your countertops. Finally, install backsplash and wainscoting and get kitchen inspiration ideas to help further spruce up your surface space.
There are some kinds of granite countertops of the kitchen: Mottled, monochromatic or veined; beige or bold blue; affordable or budget breaking — granite defies nearly all typecasting, saves for being the go-to kitchen surface for durability. It’s a natural stone, so every individual slab of the hundreds of named colors is unique in its hue, patterning and shading, guaranteeing frustration to the uninitiated. Because the myriad choices can be downright daunting, we — along with the experts at Intrepid Marble and Granite — demystify granite and its cost variables, adding some tips for finding your perfect slab.
Many suppliers will charge you for the whole slab, regardless of how much you use. To reduce waste and save money, work with your designer and a supplier to select a slab early and work that slab into your design.
a. Differences in color: Mother Nature creates some common colors (think natural hues), whereas some colors — like this lovely blue — are rarer treats. Costs increase for slabs with a scarcer hue
b. Semiprecious stones. Some granites contain semiprecious stone, like this granite with flecks of labradorite, which can increase the slab's cost.
c. Sources: While granite is found nearly worldwide, most granite is mined from Brazil or India. Indian granite, like this Madura Gold, is typically very dense, is available in larger slabs and has lots of movement but is affordable. Brazilian granite is plentiful and handsome.
d. Composition: Not all granite slabs are actually granite. For countertops, "granite" is an umbrella term that includes several dense stones that are acid resistant. This Rainforest Brown is considered "serpentine," indicating a composition somewhere between granite and marble. Suppliers may categorize it as either of those two stones Iron Red Granite
e. Availability. Not only the quantity of stone but also access — which can be restricted by seasonal quarries or political unrest — can affect the cost.
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