Granite is beautiful and durable – one of nature’s most versatile building materials because no two pieces of granite are the same. Both colors and patterns are unique. Due to the variability of the look and feel of granite, there are a few things to consider when selecting granite to use as part of a home building project.
Before purchasing granite, consider the following:
- What is the overall color scheme for your project? Since granite is made as hot molten rock is cooled and hardened very quickly, the colors available can range from orange, to blue, to green, to white/gray; even translucent (which tends to be much more expensive).
- What type of patterns are you drawn to? When selecting granite, you will see a wide variety of patterns, veins, and other qualities. If your goal is to have consistency in your granite pattern, it is advised to purchase your granite in one purchase rather then several times over the life of the project.
- What grade of granite do you want? Granite is graded ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’. The best granite is graded Top Grade A. B and C graded granite will be lower in price, but will also be lower in quality.
- How thick do you want your granite to be? This is important if you are going to use granite in countertops. Find out if the granite slab you are interested in purchasing is 3M or 2M. 3M granite = 1 and ¼” thickness, 2M granite = ¾” thick. Most countertops are 3M as 2M is too thin.
- Is the granite you want to purchase sealed and, if so, how long will the seal last? Sealers can be 1-year, 15-years, or have a lifetime guarantee. You will need to have your granite sealed if you are going to use it as a countertop.
Granite is one of the most popular building products that homeowners use in their construction and remodeling projects today. As you shop for granite, make sure that you are comparing similar types of granite in terms of thickness, grade level, and sealer. This way you are comparing the same type of products to obtain accurate pricing.