Granite is one of the most popular choices for kitchen countertops and for good reason. Granite comes in myriad colors and stands up well to the kind of wear that kitchen counters experience. If you treat your granite right, we promise that your counters will last for years and lose none of their beauty. When you are choosing granite countertops, there are several things you want to consider. You want to be sure you get the perfect granite countertops color. You also want to be sure that you know how to care for your granite and what the cost of the granite and the installation will be. Continue reading to discover our top tips for choosing the perfect granite for your kitchen.
Granite is a member of the igneous rock family and is made up of elements of quartz, mica, and feldspar. The composition of these, and other organic materials, creates the stunning and unique patterns in granite. Granite comes in almost every color that you can imagine. From absolute black to bright white, you can find a granite color that will fit your kitchen and your personality. While you may feel excited about going to choose your granite, we suggest that you decide a few other things first.
Sit down and think about your kitchen as a finished product. What kind of flooring do you have in the kitchen? What style and color of cabinetry are you going to have? If you could describe your overall style what would it be? The answers to these questions will help you decide what granite color will suit your kitchen best. You might see a slab of jade green granite and think it is beautiful, but if it clashes with the colors and style of the rest of your kitchen, you may want to keep looking. The most popular colors of granite are usually black, white, and colors in the brown family. However, don't let that keep you away from some of the more exotic and unique colors if they fit your style.
One of the great things about granite is its easy maintenance, that being said, we always advise our clients to use a solvent-based sealer on the granite right after it is installed. This kind of sealer generally lasts for a couple of years before a new application is needed. It is easy to wipe on with a soft cloth, and two coats are usually sufficient. The sealer does not make the granite stain-proof, but it will give you more time to clean up spills. Acidic foods and products can stain your granite, so be sure to always wipe up spills immediately with a wet sponge or cloth. This is really all you need to do in order to keep your granite looking brand new.
The cost of granite can vary widely. Cost will depend on the kind of granite, where you live, and installation costs. Granite is graded into three categories, high-grade, middle-grade, and low-grade. Grading depends on a variety of factors including where the granite was quarried, the veining, pits, and patterns in the stone, the number of soft minerals it contains, color, and thickness. Some people choose a higher grade granite for a kitchen island, and lower grade slab for the other counters in order to offset the cost but still have a showpiece of the highest quality granite.