Tips for Choosing Custom Granite in St Louis
Granite is the most popular type of countertop in kitchens and bathrooms and for a good reason. It’s durable, beautiful and each piece of granite is unique. Using custom granite within the home immediately boosts its visual appeal and can even increase its value. With a bit of research and guidance from the pros, you will be treated to gorgeous countertops which will enhance the appearance of your home for years to come.
Don’t Trust Pictures
The most common mistake which homeowners make is trusting the appearance of a piece of granite in a picture. Whether in a magazine or from the Internet, pictures can be misleading. Take the time to visit the slab yard and see the actual slab of granite which is going to be installed in your house.
- Seeing the slab in person ensures that the coloring matches what you want
- Being able to see the entire slab allows you to observe the patterns and veining
- By visiting the slab, you are making sure that there are no color or pattern variations which will become a source of irritation (i.e. having a large brown shape in the middle of your otherwise seamless slab)
Choose Slabs from the Same Lot
Granite is a material which is mined in large blocks from the Earth. That block is then sliced in a way similar to slicing a loaf of bread. This means that the patterns, dots, veining and other characteristics will be consistent throughout that block.
Most homeowners want that consistency and so should be careful when planning how many slabs of granite they will need. If you have a uniquely shaped countertop (such as an “L” shape), you will likely need at least two slabs. A granite company or home renovation specialist will be able to provide you with further guidance.
Weigh How Important Patterns and Veining Are
From around $35 per square foot installed to $200 and above, the price of custom granite in St Louis can vary significantly. The variation of price is mostly due to three factors:
a) As a rule of thumb, the more patterning and veining in a piece of granite, the higher the price tag.
b) “Exotic” granite types will cost more than “native” granite types.
c) Each company will have their own fabrication costs (i.e. their profit margin goals). Be sure to obtain quotes from at least three different granite providers for the same type of granite and compare prices.
Build the Room around the Granite
Whether you are building a brand new home or are giving your room a makeover, begin your design plans with the granite. Your custom granite countertop will be the showpiece of the room and will set the tone for the entire design. Choose your paint, cabinetry, flooring, backsplashes and other elements according to the coloring, patterning and veining of your granite to create a cohesive look.
Granite is the most popular type of countertop in kitchens and bathrooms and for a good reason. It’s durable, beautiful and each piece of granite is unique.