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.