About Granite Countertops
To answer some of your questions about granite countertops and help you plan your kitchen or bathroom upgrade, we have assembled some helpful information and planning tips for you. These include how to calculate countertop area, granite colors, granite countertop fabrication and finishing tips, granite countertop installation tips, granite countertop edge styles, and site preparation tips.
Granite is sold in slabs to insure the grain and color of all of your countertop surfaces match, but your cost is calculated by the square foot area of your countertop. If the particular slab your countertops were made from measured 54 square feet and you countertop area measured 50 square feet, you would only be charged for 50 square feet. The square footage includes cutouts for sinks or drop-in appliances like some cook tops. Don't forget to count the back splash in your estimate. After you measure the cabinets and calculate the square feet of surface, we can give you the cost per square foot of the granite you select to figure your cost. The cost of granite varies according to color and pattern chosen.
Several factors affect the price of granite, but the most important are supply and demand. Supply is the affected by the accessibility of the quarry, the uniformity of the stone within the quarry, and the stone's workability. A granite that is exquisitely figured, one that contains rare colors (e.g. blue), or one that is found only in a third world country will be more costly.
Once a customer has selected granite as their countertop material, the next step is to choose a color. The color and pattern for your kitchen countertops is a very personal choice. Most of the time, but not always, the top will be the focal point of the kitchen. Patterns and colors vary greatly so there will always be a piece of granite that will fit in with your decorating ideas. You have over 70 styles to choose from.