Monday, March 30, 2015

All Granite is Not Created Equal

Over the past decade, the demand for granite has gone way up, and it has become one of the most desired countertop materials. Since then, suppliers have been popping up all over selling granite at “the lowest price.” If you don’t know what to look for, that low price can come at a high cost to your kitchen.
Granite is known for not only its beauty, but also its durability when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertops. But did you know that not all granite is created equal?

There are a few things you should look for when deciding on granite for your kitchen or bathroom:

Integrity

When it comes to granite, integrity refers not only to the quality of stone being used, but also to the character of the people responsible for fabricating and installing the countertop. In today's market, granite companies are a dime a dozen and prices are all over the spectrum. You may wonder if there is really a difference in what you're being offered from one yard to the next. It feels like if you've seen one granite company, you've seen them all, but one thing is certain: With granite (like with most things), you get what you pay for.

Since so many fabricators are trying to be the cheapest, many will use lower quality material such as remnant slabs that suffer from inconsistent coloring, and surface consistency. This stands in stark contrast to "Grade A" granite, which features deep, lustrous coloring and minimal surface fissures. In addition, less reputable granite companies utilize unqualified labor, and outdated fabrication and installation standards, all of which can cause major problems for your kitchen down the road. A poor granite job can result in a host of issues, including unsightly seams, uneven edges, and unstable sinks. Lesser quality stone could even fracture around seams or sinks.

Granite fabrication and installation is very labor intensive and requires highly qualified people when measuring, fabricating, and installing. At Consumers, we know that quality products are important, but it's quality people that make all the difference. We have developed lasting relationships with the most experienced stone workers who use only "Grade A" granite, with the highest fabricating and installation standards. And besides, wouldn't it be smart and easy to trust the same professionals with your countertop that designed the layout of your cabinets?

Warranties

Anyone can tell you their product will last, but when they back it with a warranty, it shows that they truly believe in it. This is especially important with granite because it is a porous stone by nature. If you really want to enjoy your investment without having to worry, you should look for a granite vendor that offers a warranty specifically against staining.

All of the granite kitchen counters sold at Consumers are guaranteed against staining for 5 years. Most colors are also available with a 15 year stain warranty.

Style selection

Of course, color and design options are also important when deciding on a granite countertop that will match your kitchen cabinets and style. Don’t limit your design creativity by working with a supplier who only offers a handful of color choices and edge profiles. Consumers Kitchens and Baths offers 100 color options (from White Marfil to Black Absolute) and the industry’s largest selection of edge profiles.

We provide in-home measuring, delivery, installation, and on top of all that, no sales tax on your installed counter purchase. If you’re looking for quality granite countertops, that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment, Consumers Kitchens and Baths has what you need. Contact one of our five locations for more information.

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