Granite is a durable, attractive and versatile stone that has increased in popularity over the years as a material used to construct kitchen countertops. If you invest in a granite countertop, you can rest assured that it will last a lifetime, so choosing exactly the kind, color and style of granite you want for your kitchen is a huge decision. Read on below for tips on how to pick the perfect granite countertop.
Type of Granite
First, you'll want to decide on the type of granite you plan to install. There are three main types of granite: tiled, prefabricated (also called modular granite) and slab granite.
Tiled granite is quickly becoming a popular option with the do-it-yourself crowd. Tiles are easy to install and are often relatively cheap. However, unlike other types of granite, expect to put in a bit of extra cleaning now and then--the seams between tiles often accumulate crumbs and dust--so that the countertop doesn't look too dirty.
A good in-between option is modular granite, which makes for fewer seams and an arguably more attractive look. It may be more expensive than tiled granite, but it's still cheaper than slabs. While slab granite is the most expensive option, it's worth it to some to have a custom granite countertop as the centerpiece the kitchen.
Colors and Patterns
After you've worked out which type of granite is best for your kitchen and budget, you'll need to decide on the color and pattern. Granite comes in many colors, including black, white, red and even gold. Keep in mind the colors of your kitchen walls and appliances when choosing a color so as to avoid any stylistic clashes.
After you've selected a color, decide on the style: solid, marbled or speckled. While solid countertops are suited to small, minimalist spaces, marbled and speckled granite can lend an air of sophistication to larger kitchens.
With the type, color and pattern of the granite all chosen, the only thing left to do is choose what kind of edge detailing will be included. Options range from the simple and inexpensive eased edge, to understated but elegant bullnosed and beveled edges, and finally to extravagant DuPont and triple waterfall edges that blend well with large, opulent kitchens.
Talk with a company like Sandia Marble to get an idea what fits in your home and budget. Whatever you decide on, a granite countertop is sure to anchor the design of a kitchen and be a worthwhile investment.