Kitchen renovations and remodels can be tough. Figuring out the average cost of a kitchen remodel is difficult and getting all the kitchen estimates can be stressful. When it comes to finally choosing the cabinets and materials for your countertop, it’s important that you know exactly what you’re getting into. Granite is a popular countertop choice amongst homeowners because of its unique and elegant look. However, what most homeowners don’t realize is that when choosing a natural stone, like granite, there often hidden qualities about the stone you sometimes can’t see until it’s too late.
The Secrets of Granite
- Check The Whole Slab. Granite is a natural stone, which means all slabs are inherently different. Kitchen designers usually will have a small sample of granite on hand at the showrooms, but this is not always an accurate representation of what you’re buying. If possible, homeowners should take a trip to the granite manufacturer and ask to see the entire slab. At times, there can be colors and characteristics about the granite that the sample didn’t show, which can be a surprise to the homeowners when their counter arrives and it’s not what they were expecting.
- Chipped Chopped Granite. In case you didn’t know, granite is one of the hardest stones on the planet! This means that under no normal circumstances should the granite you ordered crack, chip or scratch. Other than its royal beauty, this is one of granites most attractive qualities.
- Stone Sponge. While incredibly hard, granite is also porous. This means that after being installed, granite must be properly sealed. Granite should be resealed every year or so to ensure its resistance to stains. Yet, no matter how often it is sealed, granite can still stain when substances such as oil, soap, or wine are left on it to sit. Therefore, it is essential to clean up any spills as quickly as possible.
Designing a kitchen is tough work. Doing the research into the different materials you want, however, can make it go quicker and be more fun. When thinking about updating or designing your kitchen, research the different types of materials. Create a pros and cons list and then choose the right material for you. And when it finally comes time for installation, call a contractor you can trust. Call a family contracting company that has been serving its neighbors in the Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA and Altoona PA area for over 34 years. Call Mihalko’s General Contracting for your kitchen remodeling needs.