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Important But Little Known Facts About Granite

Oct 30, 2007
Most people who own an older home would love to be able to renovate the kitchen and one of the most important decisions in this process will be what your new countertops will be made of.

There are a lot of options for you to choose from, but the material that is being pushed the most by home improvement networks recently has been natural stone such as marble and granite. This gives your kitchen a sleek and modern appearance, but it can get to be pretty pricy.

Stone like granite is expensive and can end up running you up over $10,000 for 90 square feet of counter space. If you choose to have natural stone put in your kitchen, please leave it to the professionals to cut the slab and install it for you.

This is the best way to make sure that your money is not wasted by a simple mistake. You can only cut the granite one time; it cannot be undone. Also, consider having under-mounted sinks installed instead of over-mounted sinks because it tends to look better and it is much easier to keep clean.

Food cannot be caught between the sink and the granite and excess food and liquid can be just swept into it if necessary.

If you decide on granite or another natural stone for your kitchen, go and look at the actual piece that you are going to be purchasing before deciding what you want. Never purchase it online or without you or someone that you trust seeing it first.

One of the downfalls of granite and other natural stones is the fact that they are porous surfaces and need to be sealed before installation and then re-sealed at least once a year after installation to retain their beauty and durability.

If they are not sealed, they will stain quickly and even if you do seal them, you still have to keep them clean.

Another bad thing about granite if you are big on customization is the fact that it comes in a limited amount of colors and patterns. There are materials that you can choose to use in your kitchen if you want a large level of customization, but granite is not one of these.

Consider installing ceramic tile or even concrete for your counters if you want the kitchen to be more open for customization. Laminate can be used, but this is not a solid surface and it scratches and chips easily, so steer away from it, if you can.
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