March 6, 2019
Installing granite can be quite a costly investment, which is why it is essential to learn how to avoid kitchen granite countertops failures, so you don’t end up spending more money than you ever needed to. With careful consideration, your granite countertops will last many years.
Pick the Right Color
Choose a granite countertop color that complements the rest of your kitchen or remodeling elements. Otherwise, you may be stuck with an undesirable color after the installation, and/or a color that doesn’t seem to blend well with the rest of the kitchen.
Seek Professional Advice
Consider talking to a professional granite installation expert, especially if you are not sure about the color and texture that will work for your project. The expert should help you choose the best granite countertops for your kitchen setup and budget.
Choose the Right Edge Profile
One aspect of granite countertops that some homeowners overlook is edge profile that fits their kitchen. You can mess up the appearance of an otherwise good kitchen by choosing the wrong edge profile. Consider picking edge profiles that match the theme of your kitchen. View as many samples as you can to find the one that best suits your kitchen.
Be as precise as possible when taking measurements of your kitchen countertops. If you feel you will not get the measurements right, consider asking your fabricator to come and take the measurements for you.
Look for Samples
It is always advisable to ask for samples before choosing or installing your granite countertops. A common mistake made by many homeowners is placing an entire order without testing the color and design of their granite countertops in their kitchen spaces to see how they look.
Granite countertops that look great the store may not look so good with your cabinets and floor tiles. Therefore, be sure to ask for samples before placing your order.
Check Countertop Thickness
While it is essential to take accurate measurements before installing granite countertops, avoid obsessing over the thickness of your granite countertops. Granite countertops come in two main dimensions: quarter inch wide slabs and one and a quarter inch wide slabs. If you want thick granite, you are likely to have two or more granite glued together. Glued granite countertop slabs are not a popular option for many homeowners.
Quality is Key
A common mistake that many homeowners make is prioritizing color over quality. While color and aesthetics are important, quality is most important. Some granite countertops come in beautiful or rare colors, but with the added drawback of being porous or easy to stain. On the other hand, dark granite works well to hide stains and spills while costing much less to maintain.
Once you are aware of the common mistakes people make when installing granite countertops, you can take the necessary steps to avoid them. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you choose the right kitchen countertop for your home!