Natural stone products are becoming the preferred choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops – and granite countertops are the most popular. Granite offers a one-of-a-kind elegance found only in nature. Its durability is unsurpassed by any man-made material and a non-porous surface makes maintenance a breeze.
Compared to other stone products (marble, soapstone or slate) granite offers a much wider selection thanks to its natural variations. The unique beauty of granite countertops will compliment any décor.
Granite is also the most budget-friendly stone product you can choose. Available in any size or shape and in varying thicknesses there is sure to be a product to suit your budget.
Project cost analysis:
Material cost is only one piece of the entire project and there are various granites that suit every budget. Generally speaking, the cost of the project has five elements: materials, fabrication, template, installation, and profit – with material accounting for approximately 25%-50% of the final price per square foot. Naturally this percentage will vary depending on the availability of the material – and since granite is so plentiful it offers great budget flexibility.
Second to material costs are fabrication costs of your granite countertops. Fabrication costs will be dependent on factors such as edge profiles, polishing, sink cutouts, backsplash, and waste.
The template and installation costs of your granite countertops will be less than material and fabrication, but it is the portion of the project where extra money is well spent. From creating the template to the final details of installation, a reliable installer is critical to a finished product that you will enjoy for years.
The smallest portion of your project cost, but nonetheless important, is the profit. The profit margin ensures that your fabricator is dealing with a reputable distributor, providing a safe workplace for employees and hiring experienced installers.
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Installing granite countertops is a precise and complex task. Before you begin the process - become familiar with these important considerations:
1. Be Prepared - Complete as much of the kitchen as possible prior to installing your granite countertops. If you can’t complete the changes, prepare detailed notes about specific redesign or remodeling details, including measurements and dimensions.
2. Draw It Out - A detailed sketch should be drawn before installation. Include all critical dimensions, including overhang, cutouts, backsplashes and seam location. When deciding on seam locations remember the average slab is 108 inches x 62 inches. However many variety of slabs are being produced much larger.
3. Get a Quote - Visit the Marble and Granite website to find a reputable fabricator. Show the fabricator your drawing(s) and discuss the installation. Confirm that the quote includes delivery time and specific prices for installation, templates and fabrication.
4. Material Matters - Take your time and select your stone carefully. Review products on our website to see the different materials available. Always keep in mind that natural stone, including granite has some inherent imperfections. Browse our inventory and narrow your choices. However, it is important to visit the wholesaler and see the actual slabs for your kitchens. Most reputable wholesalers let you select your own slabs. If your wholesaler is too far away, they would usually ship the slabs to a shop close to you for inspection before cutting the granite.
5. Remember the edges - There are many types of edges to choose from. Most fabricators quote you the price with a standard pencil edge and you can build from there according to your taste and budget
6. Storage - If it is necessary to store materials on-site, make sure it is stored vertically and in low-traffic areas. Always keep polished sides facing each other. If the installation has been done but the construction continues, it is important to make sure that the new granite countertops are well protected from other trades.
7. Final Checks - Verify that seams, overhangs and cutouts conform to your sketch.
8. Finally - Once installation is complete, protect your granite countertops while other trades perform their work.
9. Care and maintenance - Your granite countertops should be cleaned regularly with a neutral, pH-balanced cleaner, specifically formulated for stone. Remove residues from cooking oils and everyday food spills, as well as hairspray or other cosmetics promptly. Special attention should be paid to common foods and drinks containing acids as well as alcoholic beverages, they may etch or dull the stone surface. Many common toiletries (i.e., perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash) also contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or degrade the sealer. With proper care your granite countertops will give you many years of useful service. Our care and maintenance guide would help you to keep your granite countertops beautiful forever.
Granite countertops will create a dramatic visual enhancement to any kitchen or bathroom. Visit Marble and Granite, Inc. for more information and resources - or call us at 877-39-STONE.