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 – there are two ways of fabricating the stone and it is either by hand or machine. Handcrafted finish is capable of providing better quality products but with a higher price tag. Machine fabrication on the other hand is ideal for mass production but, the machine occasionally fails to polish edges. Some companies are compensating for rougher edges by means of waxing them but eventually, the wax wears off.
Inquire about installation – some bigger warehouse style suppliers do not fabricate their stones or even install the finished products. Instead, they only supply for some other contractors, stores or wholesale buyers. If you’re in search for such company that is installing granite countertops, then you better inquire for it before you start shopping.
Seams – these are the lines wherein the piece of stones meets together. Granite countertops can be fabricated individually and then assembled or vice versa. The edges can look great if it can be assembled first but this would demand outstanding craftsmanship as well as steady hands. With this in mind, you may need to spend big money to achieve such beauty. When it comes to the installation of seams, it is necessary that you inquire in the craftsperson if they make use of suction automated machine.
Thickness – in most instances, 2 or 3 cm is the thickness of the counters. In regards to kitchen applications, you have to insist on using 3cm granite because less than that creates 70 percent chances of breakage. As for bathroom applications however, it has a tendency to be smaller and thus, the thinner and less expensive stone will be fine.
Overhang – the amount of stone hanging on your kitchen countertop’s edge is called the overhang. Overhang is quite popular especially for the purpose of kitchen islands as it’s an easy way of creating more 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.