5 Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing New Granite Countertops
Unless your countertops are brand new, then your home could probably use an upgrade. In the past several years, marble has become the go-to material for new countertops, whether in a kitchen renovation or in a series of spec homes awaiting their new families.
When it comes to choosing marble, there are a lot of things you have to ask yourself. Do you want a modern look, or something classic? Do you want lighter or darker countertops? What marble best suits the style of your cabinets and appliances?
Rushing through the process leaves you at risk for making a mistake. The price of new countertops alone, regardless of the material, is worth taking time to get answers to every one of your family’s questions so that you have all the nitty-gritty details.
What Not to Do When Selecting Granite
Each piece of granite is a unique work of art that adds to the aesthetic value, and sometimes resale value, of your home. Granite can mean a stunning bathroom that holds up to humidity and moisture, or perhaps a durable material that will outlast the other elements of your kitchen.
The last thing you want to do, however is make choices that you regret. Here are the five biggest mistakes that you want to avoid when choosing new granite countertops for your home.
MISTAKE #1 – Choosing the Wrong Thickness
There are three standard marble thicknesses when it comes to counters. You can choose three-quarter inch, one and one-quarter inch, or one and one-half inch (which is actually two three-quarter inch pieces affixed together.)
Try to avoid choosing the latter option, because attaching two slabs of granite together can create problems on down the road. When the glue begins to deteriorate, for example, it can create gaps in the seam along the horizontal edge or it can leave your granite countertop open to the risk of acquiring surface damage from normal, everyday use.
MISTAKE #2 – Choosing the Wrong Color
Darker colors of granite are less likely to stain than lighter colors. If you are using the granite countertop in an area that does not get much interaction with foods or liquids, then go for a lighter color with a complex pattern. And if you expect that things could be spilled on the granite or it could be in an area with a lot of moisture, then go for a dark color with less of a pattern.
MISTAKE #3 – Seams in the Wrong Place
As you communicate with your granite retailer, make sure you point out that you want as few seams as possible. You will be glad for it later. The last thing you want after paying for durable, eye catching granite for a kitchen or bathroom is unsightly seams in the focal point on the countertop.
MISTAKE #4 – Mismatching with Style of the Cabinets
Always choose an edge for your granite countertop that complements the style of cabinet or vanity. For example, beveled or flat edges look best in a room with modern cabinets. If your cabinets are a traditional style, then go for a bull nose edge. Round the edges, especially on the bottom, if you have small children who are at risk for bumping their heads on the edge of the granite.
MISTAKE #5 – Not Sinking the Kitchen Sink
Have you ever wiped up your kitchen counters after prepping and preparing meals? Imagine the convenience of using the dishrag and sweeping everything right into the sink. This is only possible when you sink the kitchen sink into the granite countertop. This style is called under mounting, and it gives your kitchen a crisp, tidy look. Otherwise, top mounted sinks collect bacteria around the visible edge.
Your kitchen and bathroom are not only the two rooms where you are most likely to need a granite countertop. They are also the rooms that your family uses the most in a day’s time. The last thing you want is a sub-par material, or worse a material that promises durability and longevity but that you made bad choices when ordering.
A Final Tip for Selecting the Right Granite Countertops
Write down any questions you have before going into the retail showroom. Make sure to take them with you and then talk to the representative. As you can see, choosing new granite countertops is more than just selecting an aesthetic color to complement the rest of the décor in your home. But if you avoid these mistakes, then you can have countertops that everyone will enjoy seeing as well as using for many, many years to come.