Buying Granite Countertops in 10 Easy Steps

Whether it’s a  kitchen or bathroom home improvement project, granite is an excellent choice.  But with so many granite colors and patterns, how do you choose the right one? This is a very common question especially for those who are buying granite for the first time. You can save money and avoid regretting your granite choice by following a few simple steps.

 

1. Visit an Established and Reputable Showroom

The first thing to do is to visit an established and reputable showroom for your home project. Granite Countertop Warehouse in Acworth, Georgia is a granite company with over 20 years of experience in the natural stone industry.  We also have showrooms in Fayetteville, Georgia and  Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can visit any showroom and they will be happy to assist you in selecting the perfect granite for your project.

 

Take your time searching for your granite slab. You may want to bring pictures of the room that you will be updating, paint samples of any walls, or even a sample of your cabinets so you can see how the different granite colors go with your room colors.

 

2. Take Home Granite Samples

After choosing a couple of your favorite slabs, ask for a sample of each. You can then take them home and place them in the area where you plan to do your project. This way, you have a much better way of seeing whether your granite samples blend with the colors of that room.  Pictures help you choose granite colors, but for a precise selection, you need to see the granite in your home environment. Compare your favorite samples and see which one is the best one for your project.

 

3. Select Good Quality Granite

This is a very important step before you finally buy and install a granite slab for your project. You have to make sure that the granite slab you choose is a good quality stone.

 

3.1 Test Granite for Porosity

Drop a small amount of water on the granite and let it for 15 minutes. Then wipe the water using a clean paper towel. If you see any residue after wiping the water off the granite, then it means it’s highly porous. A highly porous granite is not a good choice for any home project.

 

3.2. Test Granite for Acidity
Leave a lemon wedge on the granite overnight. If the granite loses its sheen where you left a lemon wedge, it’s not a good choice.

 

4. Choose the Kind of Granite You Want

After testing your granite samples, you can now proceed in choosing the kind of granite that you want.  However, there are some things to consider:

 

4.1 Functionality
There is another important factor to consider in making your final granite choice. You must consider the functionality of your kitchen countertops.  Do you use your countertops 7 days a week for meal prep? Do you enjoy hosting parties and family dinners? Do you have children who always seem to spill their drinks in the kitchen? Always consider the durability, stain-resistance, and the ease-of-maintenance when choosing granite.

 

4.2 Style

Consider the style that you want for your countertops, including the look, feel, texture, and shade. Do you want an integrated sink, seamless appearance, or vibrant colors for the granite? You can also opt for more details like the thickness of the slab and the edge pattern you want.

 

Countertops can cost a little or a lot, depending on your budget. So in order to get the most for your money, make sure that you select the style and options that you want for your granite countertops.

 

4.3  The Right Mix

With the wide variety of granite slabs available, it’s often difficult  to choose just one color or even type of material for your kitchen or bath.  If you feel that you want to mix different colors or even materials, then do so. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. After all, it is your home!

 

4.4 Your Budget
If you’re on a tight budget, visit warehouses that have fabricators offering top quality and affordable granite, like Granite Countertop Warehouse.  They are a direct importer of granite, natural stones and engineered stones. By eliminating the middleman, they are able to pass the savings directly to the consumer.

 

5. Verify the Fabricator

Always ask for referrals and look at the online reviews from their customers.  You can also check the Better Business Bureau and the Department of Consumer Protection to ensure that the granite fabricator is reputable and professional.

 

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Granite Countertop Warehouse proves itself as the leading fabricator and granite countertop installer in the Southeast.

 

6. Get an Estimate

Once you have verified the fabricator, ask them for an  estimate. They should then go to your house to take measurements of your counters and discuss all of the options available to you.

 

You will need to choose an edge, a faucet type and whether you prefer an undermount, top mount, or seamed-in sink. These elements need to be considered before the fabricator can give you an exact estimate.

 

You also need to choose a sealer to protect your  countertops from scratches and stains. Selecting the right sealer will ensure that it will retain its beauty and durability for years to come.

 

At Granite Countertop Warehouse, their team of experts can handle this part of the job properly and they can also give you guidance in selecting the best options for your countertops.

 

7. Ask for Samples of their Seaming

Seaming is the process of gluing two pieces of granite together. You need to make sure that the fabricator knows how to match the pieces together so they appear as one.  Most fabricators will have samples on-hand of their work.

 

8. Choose a Fabricator with an Excellent Record of After Sales Support

Ask the fabricator about their warranty and after sales support.  A reputable fabricator should provide a lifetime warranty on their workmanship and always be available for any questions or concerns.

 

Granite Countertop Warehouse is open 7 days a week. You may also call anytime and they are always happy to assist you in any way.  

 

9. Review All Your Options

You are now ready to review all your options. Take into consideration all the facts you’ve collected and make your final decision.

 

For a free, no obligation consultation, you can call Granite Countertop Warehouse or send them an email at info@granitecountertopwarehouse.com .

 

10. Sign a Contract

Prior to signing, always review the contract. Ask any questions and make any necessary changes, then sign it.  You then give them any required deposits and finalize the purchase.

 

Following these steps, may prevent major problems in the future. Do your homework and always deal with a reputable company for any home improvement projects.

 

For the best prices and top of the line service, contact the southeast’s largest granite and quartz liquidator, Granite Countertop Warehouse, and schedule a free, no obligation appointment.