The Timeless Beauty of Kitchen Granite is in its Strength & Permanence
Granite has been one of the most commonplace building materials in homes worldwide since ancient times because it is durable, and can outlast even the house itself. Granite is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and it comes in many varieties and colors. Plus it is resistant to weather, temperature, heat and cold. The best thing about is it’s super-strong and sturdy and won’t succumb to cuts, scratches, dings and dents. It is a hugely popular choice for flooring, accents, walls, cladding, paving and the construction of monuments. It can also be used in other ways rarely considered like Granite tables, for instance. And since it is a cut-to-size stone and it can fit perfectly to any specification.
Cheap Versus Expensive Kitchen Granite Countertops
Cheap countertops are imitations of granite and marble like Formica. Having the appearance of the real thing and not requiring a lot of maintenance. But these imitations are not resistant to heat, scratches, dings and fading. But for a home-owner who must work within a budget, cheap granite countertops can be as cheap as 10% of the price of real marble or granite. Many contractors and engineers now recommend granite made in China. They are as durable as granite from other parts of the world and buying Chinese granite is usually a good decision.
Grading Kitchen Granite
Granite is graded as either A, B, or C and the left over slabs are called “orphans”. Buyers must beware when buying class “A”, because some sellers can be unscrupulous and would send B instead of class A granite. The grade of granite is based on supply, demand and actual quality of the stone itself. Granite is first dug out, then polished and cleaned and then delivered to stores.
Kinds of Kitchen Granite according to Color
These all form the cost of the granite. Some granite slabs are sold cheaply because of a color that is hard to match to common house finishes. Thus color is one of the biggest factors in determining price.
2. Off White
3. Earthy Green
6. Warm colors like Cream and Red
Generally the Granite That is Perfect for Kitchens and Cabinets is White
White and off-white colors like cream, gray and Bordeaux (rosy) are the best for kitchens. But for wooden kitchens, warm granite that comes in warm white, beige, walnut, oak and grey best work with varnished and stained cabinets and kitchen fixtures. But a favorite among colors is the earthly-greyish-brownish-greenish granite. The effect of these color combinations is rustic, earthy, or geometric and matches satin-nickel cabinets and motifs especially when polished.
One fantastic shade of the grayish green combination is the rare blue-green granite. It is perfect with sandy white cabinets and fixtures and especially gives splendor to the house when the sun strikes it. The classic kitchen countertop however is black for a rustic-classic feel. A pure black perfectly polished and oil-rubbed is the best for this type of kitchen. The cream, grey, brown and red granite and undertones is another favorite when you want to add warmth to your kitchen.