While there are many questions to ask when looking for that perfect piece of stone for a countertop, here are the ones we are most frequently asked about. We hope they can address some of your concerns, though our doors are open to the public if you would like more assistance!
Q: What kind of stone should I get?
A: With the rising popularity of stone countertops, there are a number of options for homeowners to choose from. Granite and Quartzite is generally one of the most preferred options for kitchens due to its durability and resistance to stains, but quartz, onyx, soapstone, and marble are also quite popular choices.
Q: How much is it going to cost?
A: Pricing for a stone countertop ranges on a number of factors. The rarity of the stone and color, the grade level, where it is sourced from, the type of edge profile, and the number of holes and cutouts required will all be part of the consideration. Check with your local fabricators to get an accurate price on fabricated and installed prices of a particular stone or solid surface.
Q: Do I have to buy the whole slab?
A: Yes. Slabs are sold intact. You will work with your installer or fabricator to select just the right piece based on the size of the area you have and your choice of stone. Slabs are usually cut between 45 and 65 square feet.
Q: Will I be able to select my own slab?
A: No two pieces of stone are exactly the same, and you should always be able to select the piece that is perfect for you. The ability to consider various slabs allows you to consider coloring, veining in the stone, and how it will look under good lighting. At The Granite Place, we give you the opportunity to select the exact slab that will become your countertop.
Q: What style should I get?
A: This will always come down to a personal choice, but there are a few things you should consider. The colors of your kitchen or bathroom are certainly a factor, but you should also consider the style of your appliances, fixtures, flooring, and other features.
Q: Should my countertop be honed or polished?
A: Again, this will be a matter of personal taste. A honed finish will range between flat to a low sheen gloss, giving the stone a softer look, while a polished finish will be glossier and more reflective.
Q: What level of quality should I get?
A: There are three grade levels to choose from, depending on the look you are going for and your budget. Premium grade stone will have consistent colors and no visible defects. Standard grade will have some slight inconsistencies in color and may have a few small defects. Commercial grade may have blotches in the veining and tends to have more pits and flaws, and will probably need a little more finishing. At the Granite Place we only import Premium grade natural stone.
Q: What kind of edge should I choose?
A: There are a number of edges to choose from, and just like choosing your piece of stone, the style will depend on what kind of look you’re going for and how much you want to spend. Whether you want a straight edge, a rounded edge, chiseled, or something more stylized, your fabricator will be able to work with you on just the look you’re going for.
Q: How do I select an installer?
A: Just like any type of craft, some people are better at it than others. We have an assortment of installers and fabricators we work with often, but you should take the time to review some of the work they’ve done in the past to ensure they can do what you want done. Also, seek out testimonials and when you visit a friend or family member who has a countertop you like, be sure to ask them who they used.
We hope this helps you in your quest for the perfect countertop, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our three locations soon.