4 Mistakes That Most People Make When Buying Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are a popular option for people who want to make their homes look more elegant. They are also practical for use in kitchens and bathrooms, since they are very easy to keep clean. When picking countertops, there are several pitfalls it would be important for you to avoid in order to get good value for money. These include:
Not getting samples of the countertop
Simply because a particular type of granite looks appealing in a store does not mean that it will have the same effect at home. It’s important that you get a sample of the product, come home with it and place it in different locations to find out how it looks. Due to changes in lighting and interior design, you may find that a product that looked really good in the store does not quite fit in when you put it at home.
Choosing an edge at random
One of the decisions you will need to make is the type of edge you want the granite countertop to have. It’s easy to choose one arbitrarily, but this is not encouraged. It’s important to go through all the options available to you before setting on one. When getting samples of the countertop, consider getting several that have different edges so that you can find out what effect they have in the kitchen. You can also rely on some design ideas (such as using bullnose edges if you have traditional cabinets) for a perfect finished look.
Not choosing the technical details of the granite according to the intended use
Not all types of granite are the same. Qualities such as porosity changes from one type to another. It is important that you consider this when shopping for them so that you don’t end up picking a granite type not suited to the application you want to use it for. For instance, since kitchen countertops are normally exposed to a lot of water, it would be wise to get granite countertops that have low porosity. This reduces the chances of damage to the stone during regular use. A rule of thumb you can use when selecting the stone is that lighter colors usually have greater porosity, so you should ideally get dark countertops for kitchen and bathroom use.
Fixing the sink casually
Fixing a sink in a granite countertop seems simple enough. Choosing the wrong type of sink or installing it incorrectly leads to gradual damage to the countertop, difficulty in keeping it clean and a risk of making it difficult to keep the countertop clean. A drop-in sink, for instance, has a groove between the countertop and the sink where food and other material can accumulate, leading to further damage to the adjacent granite. In time, the sink may drop through the countertop and the granite may develop cracks. These are problems that can easily be avoided through the use of quality contractors to do the installation.
Overlooking the above causes the majority of problems that people encounter with granite countertops. Striving to not make these mistakes will make your granite ownership less stressful.