|Posted on July 5, 2015 at 1:50 PM|
Although it is very tempting to choose a granite countertop based on looks alone, a material's durability, maintenance and, of course, cost are also important factors to consider when making a selection for your bath or kitchen project.
Find a good fit
Homeowners need to assess the way they live before making the decision on a countertop surface. If they have children and they are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the countertops alot, you might not want to choose white granite countertops. Also, if you are a user of a lot of acidic products in the kitchen you may want to stay away from black granite countertops.
Granite Countertop choices
Granite, the top choice in countertops, is available in a variety of shades such as blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish results in a shiny look and often darkens the appearance of the stone, while honing is soft and matte. Costs for granite depend on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone.
Other natural stone materials, like marble, limestone and soapstone, are softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care. All stone countertops must be sealed periodically.
Square edges are standard on granite countertops, as well as the most affordable. Decorative granite edges like radius, bullnose, bevel, and ogee are a bit more expensive but are another way to customize your kitchen.
Mix and match
If you can't decide on just one granite color you have the option to mix and match granite. You could choose a different color on islands than the rest of the countertops to differentiate the space. Another option is to inset another material into a countertop for specific tasks. Butcher block is common for chopping as is marble for baking.
Before making a decision on any countertop material, make sure to see the surface in person. Do your research on any material you plan to buy to ensure it is the right fit for your home!