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Granite Countertops Are the Hot Trend

Dec 1, 2007
Granite counter tops are the hottest trend in new and remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. They offer a sleek, modern look to any space. This product that once was used exclusively by the wealthy has now found its way into middle class homes.

Before you decide to use this product for your kitchen or bath there are a few things to know. Be aware that granite usually costs about $10,000 to install in a kitchen with the average counter top space of 90 square feet. The cost could cause you to have to increase your budget unless this expense has already been figured in.

This all natural stone has different designs and is limited in colors. Matching the exact design and color will prove to be impossible. It is best to go to the retailer to choose the slab that will be installed in your home. Take your blue prints or make the measurements yourself before you go. Once the slab has been chosen the retailer should go to the site and get exact measurements. The retailer will be knowledgeable about their product and will be able to offer valuable information about how to cut the stone so that the pattern can be aligned to match at any seam lines.

The stone will be cut at the retail location and will be ready to set into place once it arrives at your home. Never try to cut and install the granite yourself. Doing so could be a very expensive mistake. Once cut, the stone can not be repaired. This is one of the home improvement projects that should be left to the experts. If they make a mistake they will have to replace the stone.

Another thing that causes the price of the granite to increase in price is the edges that are chosen. Square edges are less expensive than a beveled edge. Make sure to inquire about the cost increase and to get the quote in writing. Also make sure that the installers seal the stone upon installation and have them show you how to do this.

The process of sealing the stone is really quite simple and should be done every six months to a year depending upon the amount of use. This is absolutely necessary to preserve the quality of the stone. Since granite is a natural stone it is porous and will quickly absorb anything that is placed on it. For this reason foods and liquids should note be placed on the stone and any spills should be well cleaned immediately.
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Dror Klar is an advocate and writer about top quality Jerusalem Stone and Granite. learn more about his sites
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