Even though granite countertops were seen normally in luxurious and expensive homes, it has caught the interest of various 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. Handcrafted finish is capable of providing better quality products but with a higher price tag. While machine fabrication is perfect for mass productions, there are instances to which it fails in polishing the 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. If you do search for companies that are installing granite countertops, then you have to inquire for it first prior to begin with your shopping.
Seams – this is basically the line where the stone pieces meet. 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. What this mean is, the process can cost you a high price. 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. If you will be using the granite for kitchen application, then make sure that it is 3cm at least, otherwise it has a high probability of breaking eventually. 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 very popular most especially for the purpose of kitchen island because it easily creates additional space. You might want to brace underneath to avoid breaking if you opt for a thinner slab of granite.
The popularity of these granite countertops as the most preferred option for kitchen and bathroom happened so fast. 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.