A COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUYING GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

It’s a truism that’s still true after all these years: the kitchen is the most important room in your house. It’s where most breakfasts are eaten, where the food is prepared, and where people tend to congregate and talk. If kitchens are so important, then the most important aspect of the kitchen has to be the countertops, and when it comes to countertops, granite is the winner, hands down. While choosing granite as your countertop of choice is an important first step, your job doesn’t end there. Here are some thoughts about how to select the right granite kitchen countertops.

The Color

If you think that all granite comes in just black and white, think again. When shopping for granite countertops, a lot of homeowners are shocked at the sheer number of different colors that are available. Since these are probably the last kitchen countertops you’ll ever buy, whichever shade of granite you choose, you have to be sure you’ll be satisfied living with it for several years. You might want to choose a more neutral color if you plan on selling your home anytime soon, since that will help attract more buyers. Also, keep in mind that small kitchens usually feel smaller when a dark granite is installed, so you may be best off with a lighter shade. If you cook a lot or have kids and are worried that a light shade will show off dirt, look for a stone with gray or brown streaks. 

The Thickness

Because a cut of granite’s thickness is an important factor in its price, you’ll have to take that into consideration. While a thinner granite of 3/4” will cost less than its thicker counterparts, it will require the installation of plywood underneath the stone to raise it to the desired height. Should the plywood warp and require fixing, than the money saved upon purchase will be lost in expensive repairs. If possible, you’re always better off buying the more expensive and reliable 1 1/4” granite.

Saving Money on Granite

While the price of granite ranges on average between $45 to $200 per square foot, there are ways to save money. For example, rare colors are usually among the most expensive types of granite, so if you can save money by choosing a desirable but more common shade, then you should do so. It’s also possible that you might be able to find a piece of granite left over from a larger job. While it’s unlikely you’ll find one big enough to outfit your entire kitchen, a leftover slab might be the perfect choice for a kitchen island or something similar. Another possibility is to reserve the granite for the counter only, while opting for a different material, such as tile, for the backsplash. A creative choice like this is a great way to save money on installation while adding a stylish touch of decor to your kitchen.

To get an idea of all the types of granite countertops in Roswell that are available, contact Atlantis Granite & Marble. We’re the experts at installing kitchen and bathroom countertops in homes and businesses throughout the Roswell area. Give us a call at (678) 292-6600 today!