Granite Tips For Use In The Kitchen

By: Dror Klar

While there are a number of materials on the market these days that you can use for your new kitchen counters, granite and other natural stone materials are some of the most popular things going.

Professional house flippers and those who have the money to remodel their homes are installing granite in their kitchens to make them look more modern and sleek. There are a few things that you need to know about buying granite and having it installed, though, before you run off to the nearest stone outlet to make your purchase.

You need to think about whether purchasing granite for your counters is going to be within your budget range. Granite for a 90 square foot kitchen can cost over $10,000 depending on where you purchase it from, but this is the average cost.

The cost of granite will go up or down depending on what color and pattern that you want. To make the countertops look like one continuous piece of granite after it has been cut, the pattern has to be matched up and so pieces that have non-uniform patterns are going to cost you more than those that are more uniform.

The cost will also go up or down depending on what kind of edge you want on it; if you want a simple square edge, it will be less, but if you want a beveled one, it will be more.

Even though budget slabs of granite can be purchased, you may not be able to get enough of it to use in your entire kitchen. You should also be aware that not all granite is of the same quality.

The labor involved in cutting and installing the granite into your kitchen should be left up to the professionals who are trained to handle this work. This is mainly because if you do it wrong, you will have lost thousands of dollars on a slab of granite.

If you let the professionals do it and they mess up, they are liable for the cost, not you. Unless you really know what you are doing and are confident that you can do this yourself, please let the professionals handle this job.

The granite will also need to be sealed, since it is a natural stone and a porous surface that will stain easily if it is not properly sealed. This will need to be done at least once a year to keep the granite durable and unstained.

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