How to select granite for your home

There is no doubt that granite has become the countertop of choice for many who are building a new home or renovating an existing one.  Its durability and beauty is unsurpassed and has appealed to the masses.  How then can you select granite that will be unique to your home and stay within your budget?  Fortunately, granite is a naturally occurring product so no two pieces will ever be the same.  The patterns, colors, and texture can vary considerably guaranteeing an unparalleled appearance.

Importers will grade the granite A, B, and C and price it according to the supply, demand, and quality of the stone.  Since there is no universal grading system, individual factories make their own determination about what is first, second, or commercial grade.  While price is determined by costs of extraction, cutting, and exporting, it is also affected by the uniqueness of the slab.  The more original and hard to find the granite is, the more expensive it will be.

Depending on the size of your countertops, you may need multiple slabs.  While those slabs may come from the same block, you will definitely want to select each slab yourself.  It is also suggested that you bring a cabinet door and flooring sample with you since granite colors can vary considerably from the small sample you may have originally taken home.  When examining slabs, look for consistency in the veins or fissures. These are not defects or cracks but a natural result of the uneven distribution of minerals over millions of years.  Fissures will not grow or expand over time but can be filled and polish to diminish their visibility.

Finally, you can add dimension and amplify the stone’s beauty with edge detail.  For example, granite can be shaped or molded into standard edges such as straight, beveled, or bullnose or upgraded into ogee, waterfall, or cove to compliment cabinet trim or other architectural details.  With the right detail, your slab is integrated into the overall design of the room and is sure to make a lasting impression.

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Carpet padding with moisture barrier and antimicrobial enzymes

Is your house full of active kids or precarious pets?  If so, then you probably have the thrills, spills, and accidents that come along with them.  Many parents and pet owners are turning to moisture barrier carpet padding for added protection.  These special carpet pads offer protective coatings that prevent spills and liquid from soaking into the cushion.  This allows for quick and easy cleaning, reduces the possibility of reappearing stains, and helps eliminate lingering odors.

Many of the moisture barrier pads also have an antimicrobial enzyme added to the padding that will prevent the growth of mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria.  This has become an excellent pad option for those afflicted with allergies or asthma.  Antimicrobial carpet pad has also been recommended for use in basements because of the risk of moisture from the ground below.  The pad will not allow micro organisms to grow, keeping your carpet clean and your environment healthier.

So many people underestimate the significance of a high quality pad under their new carpet.  Not only does it enhance your enjoyment by increasing comfort, it affects the carpet’s durability and performance as well as keeping your family safe and healthy.  Although the cost is slightly higher, the investment is worth it over the life of your carpet.

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