There is a good reason that granite is one of the most popular choices for countertop material. Its strength and durability have stood the test of time, and the wide range of patterns and colors make it easy to find something for everyone.
As a natural stone, each piece of granite is going to be unique in its colors and pattern, so it’s important to act quickly if you fall in love with a slab. When making big decisions it’s a good idea to go home and sleep on it, but if you delay too long your slab might be snapped up by someone else. It’s also a good idea to choose your granite early in the kitchen design process. That way you can design your kitchen to highlight your favorite areas of pattern and make sure that any flaws are hidden.
Granite slabs can range in price from affordable to budget breaking. There are lots of different factors that determine how much a piece of stone is going to cost. Understanding these and knowing how they will affect the price can help you to decide which stone is right for you.
Size of Slab
Because granite is purchased by the slab, you want to make the most of the stone you buy. Any stone that you don’t use is wasted, so work with your designer and supplier to select a slab early on to make sure that your design makes the most of your stone.
Some colors are more common than others. You will likely pay less for browns and grays because they are more abundant. If you’re looking for something more unique your cost is going to be higher.
Location of Origin
Another important factor is the location of origin. Quarries located in easy-to-reach parts of stable countries are more affordable. Political unrest, seasonal weather barriers, and other issues can make a stone more expensive. Most granite comes from India or Brazil, although it can be found all over the world. Indian granite is more dense, often comes in much larger slabs, and generally has lots of movement in the design, but it is also more affordable because it is so plentiful.
Many granites contain semiprecious stones. They provide flecks of color that add interest and appeal to the stone, but they also make it more expensive because those slabs are less common.
Not all stone labelled as granite actually is. The countertop industry uses granite as an umbrella term for several natural stones that share basic qualities. They are all dense, acid resistant, and on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness rank 7 or 8. They can have differences as well, however. The granite known as Iron Red contains up to 90% iron ore, has magnetic properties, and can be difficult to cut.
Choosing a countertop can be difficult because there are so many options to consider. If you are looking to create a new kitchen, let the designers at CJB Group Kitchens help you to find the perfect style for you. Call us at (978)-337-7256 today to schedule your consultation in our Reading, Massachusetts showroom.