Granite is one of the most popular materials for homeowners thanks to its durability, natural beauty and ruggedness. As a natural stone, each slab is unique in its pattern, hue and shading.
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Back in the “old day”, granite kitchen counters were considered elite and you would commonly see them fitted into luxury mansions that belonged to the rich and famous. These days, everyone can enjoy the luxury regardless of the budget, as granite increases in popularity and availability.
Granite slabs are usually sold through a local granite supplier/fabricator. You can also buy granite tops at your local, big box home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Colors and Patterns
Granite comes in a range of colors, from midnight black to deep reds and vibrant blues; with a range of unique grains and finishes that you can easily customize to suit your personal tastes. They can be affordable (which is more common with Indian granite), or they can cost a fortune (Brazilian granite), but their versatility is just another part of the beauty of them.
Sourcing the Materials
Homeowners may have to visit their local granite warehouse or provider in order to select the most appropriate slab for the countertop to fit their kitchen.
Most slabs of granite are 9 – 10 feet long and 5 – 6 feet wide. You can also find larger granite slabs with widths of up to 12 feet or more for open space kitchens.
What to Expect in Terms of Costs:
The average material cost ranges between $45 and $90 per square foot depending on the pattern, thickness and size of the granite slab. More expensive slabs of granite may cost as much as $100 to $150 per square foot. A typical new granite countertop will costs around $3,500 to $6,500 installed.
- Unique and durable
- Scratch and stain resistant
- Heat and water resistant
- Easy to clean
- Available in different colors and patterns
- High maintenance
- May break if exposed to extreme stress during transportation or installation.
ROI: Granite looks great in any kitchen, doesn’t damage easily and provides a significant enjoyment factor. With the right finishes, it is easy to clean: 100%. When it comes to selling your home, you can expect a return of up to 75% in terms of being able to recoup your costs. It might also be easier to sell that home, when your kitchen — the most important room in the house — looks fabulous! 😉