If you want durability in your kitchen, then you should definitely go for granite countertops. You can choose between monochromatic and bold, or veined and blue, cheap or expensive – granite material covers almost every available option on the market so I believe you will be able to find the perfect solution for your kitchen. The best thing about granite is that it is a natural stone. This guarantees unique patterns in every single piece of your countertops. Uniqueness in hues is more than attractive, styling your kitchen into a world of dreams.
I have collected some tips give from real professionals and I would like to meet you with some interesting facts before you go and buy your new granite countertops for kitchen.
There are many manufacturers or traders in the market that will try to charge you for the entire slab of the countertops, no matter how you actually need and use. This can be prevented when you hire a professional designer. He can save you lots of money when he carefully plans the amount of granite you are going to need.
Natural colors are a gift from nature However, when the time to match colors come, this can be a real challenge. For example, have you ever seen a vivid blue granite countertop? Yes, I have and it was awesome! Of course, it was carefully planned where to be situated having in mind the surrounding cabinets.
There are many factors influencing the real cost of the granite material. This can be either the seasonal rush or political reasons. If you feel that the time for buying your countertops has not come yet, just wait for another month and the prices may go down.
Do you know countertops that contain semiprecious stone? Have a look at the image above and you will find thin lines of labradorite. This actually reflects on the total price of the countertops, making them much more expensive than the ordinary ones.
Did you know that India and Brazil are the major suppliers of granite worldwide? For example, in the image above you can see a sample of Madura Gold – an Indian mined granite material which can be characterized by its dense structure. It can be found in really large slabs but on the other hand, its price is affordable. Brazilian samples are also very beautiful with their underlined charm.
Be careful! Not every single granite slab is granite! For many suppliers the term “granite” is more like a general term for stone materials that are acid resistant. All of them are dense so making a difference without having the professional eye is really hard! For instance, the Rainforest Brown is “serpentine” which is not only granite but more like a mixture between granite and marble. The trick is that suppliers can sell it in either of the two categories.
If you like a particular type of granite countertops, ask your suppliers or professional adviser about all the pros and cons. Additionally, gather information about the challenges. For example, the red type of granite countertops shown in the image above is really hard to cut! This is because its composition consists mainly from iron (80%-90%) which needs a lot of time for cutting.
You should also now that many manufacturers or suppliers give different names to the same granite countertop. In order to make an appropriate comparison, make sure that you compare the characteristics, not the names. Now, look at the image above. Doesn’t it look like a masterpiece by Van Gogh? Granite countertops are awesome!
Do you know the term for a flowing pattern? It’s “Japurana”. And do you know the Japanese word for gold? It’s “Giallo”.
If you want a stable and long-lasting slabs, make sure that your dark colored granite countertops come from India. You can simply ask you supplier for the origin of the materials. The thing is that slabs imported from China tend to dye very quickly. This way aging is inevitable and soon you will need to change your entire kitchen countertops! Be sure that you buy only the highest quality. Spending more now will save you money later.
One of the most important thing when buying countertops is to have all the facts. This van be done either by asking the suppliers, manufacturers or your professional interior designer. They should now how to guide you through the world of granite materials and choose the best one for your kitchen.
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