Whether big or small, every home project requires some thought and planning. Take installing new countertops, for example—you should take a look at all the options before investing in new countertops, then chart your plan of attack to tackle the project in a timely manner. If you’re a homeowner investing in this type of home improvement, consider looking closer at granite. Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials for bathrooms, kitchens and other spaces. It’s durable, comes in a wide range of colors and styles and is easy to pair with most cabinetry.
Before buying granite countertops for your northern Minnesota home, look at this! These top tips from granite experts are sure to help:
- Do your research: Avoid rushing into purchasing the first granite countertops you see. Ideally, you should spend a bit of time online and in stores researching granite countertop brands, sellers, installers, styles, colors and maintenance needs. Make sure the company you buy from and hire for installation service has good ratings with customers and the Better Business Bureau, and that they are fully licensed to do this kind of work in the state where you live. Also, read up on the quality of the granite offered by the company you want to buy from.
- Match it to your cabinets: While you don’t have to match the countertops to your cabinets, it will all flow better together if you do. When pairing granite to cabinets, either match the color to one another, or pair the veining and marbling. The pros suggest choosing granite that’s the same color as your cabinets, but the veining needs to be darker. On the other hand, you can get granite with contrasting color and choose stone with veins of black, gray or brown.
- Choose light or dark granite: You get to choose between dark- and light-colored granite. Keep in mind that light-colored granite is ideal for small kitchens and bathrooms because it makes the space feel larger. Granite that’s lighter in color also makes spaces that don’t get much natural light feel bigger than they are. For a dramatic look in kitchens with light or white cabinetry, choose gray or black granite countertops, while browns fit well with most any style of kitchen.
- Pick a pattern: Granite material comes in three basic patterns—marbled, solid and speckled. Solid patterns are great for smaller spaces, marbled granite offers a smooth transition between texture and color and speckled stone makes a statement while accenting simple cabinets or stainless steel appliances.
- Decide between tile and slab: Another decision you need to make is if you want a solid granite slab or tile granite. Tile countertops are budget-friendly, offering durability and the appearance of granite, but with visible grout lines. Alternatively, you can install a solid granite slab with few to zero grout lines. This is the more expensive opinion in terms of materials and labor.
Bring all these granite countertop buying tips in northern Minnesota to L & L Granite Countertops, or give us a call with your questions. We look forward to assisting you!