Whilst granite is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural stones around and you definitely would not regret having a granite worktop for your kitchen or bathroom, there are still some important facts you need to know before you select the proper granite slab (and worktop) for your needs. By learning more about what you should expect from granite and how to choose it properly, you can certainly be assured that you are making the right choice.
Choosing a slab
When it comes to choosing a slab, it is important, of course, to select the right one. But you should be aware that, more often than not, you will likely pay for more than what you will actually use. What you can do so you can save on expense is to work closely with a kitchen designer as well as your chosen granite supplier so you can choose a granite slab right from the beginning and work it into your preferred design. This way, you can maximise the slab’s use.
The colour of the granite makes a difference in price
One more thing you need to keep in mind is that whilst granite is a natural stone and comes in a variety of hues, shades, and patterns, some colours are actually more common than most. There are some granite colours that are indeed rarer than others, and this means that if the slab colour is rarer, you may end up paying more for it as well. Generally, granite slabs in deep blue (and other rich, darker colours) are more expensive than lighter and more common colours.
Another aspect that may affect the granite slab’s pricing is the inclusion of semi-precious stones. There are some granite slabs which may contain some semi-precious stones, and these flecks of semi-precious stones may increase the cost.
The granite slab’s availability
You should also consider the availability of the granite slab you have in mind. Once you have chosen your preferred slab, you should find out whether it is immediately accessible or not. Some granite slabs may not be as accessible as others for reasons such as a change in the season or even political issues. Granite can be found in many different areas in the world, but most of the granite available today is either from India or Brazil. Granite from India can be quite dense and is often available in bigger slabs. However, this type of granite is quite affordable as well. On the other hand, granite from Brazil is also a good choice because it is not only abundant, but matches granite from India in beauty.
Granite slabs can also be dyed. Avoid slabs that have been dyed as much as you can, as their sheen and lustre can be affected over time. In fact, if a granite slab has the term ‘absolute’ or ‘total’ black attached to it, this could be an indication that it has been dyed. If you still prefer very black granite, however, then look for those that come from India rather than China, where dyeing is a more widespread practice.
Granite terms to remember
There are some specific terms related to granite that you may want to remember as well. One term, ‘japurana,’ refers to granite slabs with patterns that are more flowing and sinuous. Another term, ‘giallo,’ is Italian in origin and refers to the shade or colour ‘gold’ or ‘yellow.’
Without a doubt, choosing the right granite slab and worktop can make a big difference. Experts in granite worktops such as J.R. Stone agree that with the proper knowledge and expectations, you can indeed benefit from a truly worthy investment.
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