Granite Countertop Buyer’s Guide

Granite Countertop

This granite countertop buyer’s guide outlines the buying process and gives you tips and advice from an insider on . . . What to look for, where to shop, how to choose, how to negotiate. It’s much easier than it sounds.

Buying granite counter tops involves making choices and decisions and requires some education. See Kitchen Makeover Ideas for tips on updating your kitchen.

Let’s start shopping . . .

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How to buy granite countertops

Are you remodeling your home or building a new one? Or are you simply replacing tops in your bathroom or kitchen?

If so, you have a few decisions and choices to make. With countertop granite you have many choices each of which may affect your cost.

Here are some choices for you to make as well as some considerations you should keep in mind about your counters. The information in these links comes from years of experience fabricating and installing more than 1,000 granite jobs.

Much of this information you just won’t hear anywhere else.  Be sure to check out How To Get A Granite Warranty.

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Stone Countertop Choices

Choosing the right stone

Granite slabs are the polished sheets of stone that your granite countertops start from.  So how do you choose which stone is best for your granite counters . . .  More on Granite Slabs

Choosing a competent contractor
Granite Contractors - Angie's List

So where do you find granite fabricators? How can you tell if they’re any good? The list of granite and marble fabricators and installation contractors seems to grow daily . . ..  More on Granite Fabricators

Choosing a granite edge
Granite Edges

Granite edges are a design element that you get to choose prior to fabrication. The edge or profile that you choose can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your granite counter tops and your kitchen. It can also have an impact on the cost of your countertops.  More on Granite Edges

Choosing your backsplash
Granite Backsplash

A granite backsplash can put the finishing touch on your granite countertops.  Not only does the backsplash hide the transition line of the wall and the counter, it als offers protection . . .  More on Granite Backsplashes

Choosing your granite color

Did you know granite colors determine whether your granite counter tops may crack easily or stain?  Granite color plays a much bigger role than just personal taste. More on Granite Colors.

Granite Countertop Planning

How to spot quality
granite quality

A granite counter is beautiful and elegant.  Granite quality is not just a matter of opinion.  A handful of areas to focus on will ensure quality . . .  More Granite Quality

Granite support
iron corbels for granite countertops

Considering that granite, marble, and limestone can have overhangs weighing hundreds of pounds, and considering how brittle granite countertops can be, granite countertop brackets are imperative. . . .  More Countertop Supports

Placing granite seams
seam granite

You have to seam granite to get continuous runs of countertop out of material that is limited in length.  Granite countertop seams can be an issue of concern . . . More on Seams

Rodding granite
rodding granite

Why is rodding granite so important for your countertops?  Here’s why . . . without it, your tops are at risk of cracking either during installation or after they’re in place.  Here’s what to look for when it comes to rodding . . .  Read More on rodding granite

Granite remnants
granite remnants

Granite remnants can save you money on your countertops and give you the opportunity to afford expensive stone that you normally wouldn’t buy.  Read How can I save money on small granite tops for my house?

Do you need a warranty
granite warranty

It’s not typical to get a granite countertop warranty when you buy a new stone top.  Most fabricators of granite kitchen counter tops are small local companies that don’t represent a “branded” product . . .  More On Granite Warranty

Granite Transformations Review
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations products install over your existing counters, splashes, and other surfaces in kitchens and baths  . . .  Granite Transformations Reviews

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When dealing with contractors of any kind, quality referrals are your best way to avoid the frustration and hassle.  And it’s why you should consider a referral source like Angie’s List to help you find any kind of contractor, not just granite fabricators and installers.

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Tired of the same old kitchen, but don’t want to spend big bucks and deal with the headaches of renovation?  Try these quick and easy updates and take your kitchen from  “also ran” to amazing.  Kitchen Remodeling Tips . . .

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