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Top Things to Consider When Buying Denver Granite Countertops

November 13, 2015

Granite countertops are a great way to add value to your home. In fact, it is one of the top 10 tips to increase your home's value. But before you purchase granite countertops for your Denver home there are some things you need to consider. We have put together a list of guidelines to help you during the selection process.
Choose The Right Thickness
One of the most common thicknesses for a granite countertop is 3/4-inch. While this option is more affordable than thicker options, it also tends to be more fragile and requires more support. If you opt for 1-inch countertops (or thicker!) it will be less likely that the granite will have hairline cracks or natural pits. Sometimes these differences can add to the natural aesthetic of the stone but it is important to make sure they will not affect the quality or longevity of your countertops.
Decide On An Edge
The standard edge for most granite countertops is a beveled edge, which is a simple and classic finish. Many fabricators offer custom edges, like bullnose, ogee, or waterfall. But keep in mind this customization may also cost a bit more.
Look At The Whole Slab
Whenever possible, ask to look at the entire slab of granite instead of just the sample. The beauty of Denver granite is in its natural variations, so you will be able to make a much more informed decision about your countertops if you are able to look at the slab in its entirety.
Opt For Minimal Seams
To make sure the appearance, pattern, and color of the granite is as uninterrupted as possible, ask for the smallest number of seams. This becomes particularly important if you are choosing granite for a large area like a kitchen countertop where seams will be more visible.
Understand Granite Care
While granite is easy to clean and reasonably heat-resistant, it is also porous and requires proper care. Always use a trivet or pad when placing hot pans on granite countertops and avoid harsh or acidic cleaners like bleach, ammonia, scouring pads, lemon, and vinegar. It is best to look for a granite-safe cleanser and apply a granite sealer once a year.
Know Who Will Install
Trusting the company that will come into your home to install your granite countertops is critical. Always ask the company who will be doing the installation. It is also smart to ask for customer testimonials and to see a portfolio of any past work.
Ask About Scheduling
The company you choose should be reliable. While there are always potential issues that could arise, you should never be stuck waiting and wondering when the installation crew will show up. For peace of mind, get a clear schedule of the project and expectations of how any delays will be handled.
If you choose to install granite countertops in your home you can improve both the appearance and value of your home. When it comes to this kind of an investment, it is important to understand what to look for and how to select the right company for the job. At Natural Stone Sales, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products and our on our work. Contact us today and let us help you choose the right granite countertops for your home.