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How to Find the Right Granite for Your Kitchen

By on Oct 28, 2013 in Home and Garden

Looking to update your kitchen’s look this month? Consider replacing your scuffed, worn out countertops with granite, a natural material that comes in a number of different beautiful colors and patterns. With their elegance, durability, and ease of care, granite kitchen countertops have become a common choice of home owners. Updating your kitchen countertops with granite is an exciting task. While granite is imported from all over the world, most granite is imported to the United States from Brazil and Italy. Italians are known for their selectivity when it comes to their quarry purchases as they are only interested in the highest quality granite that they can present to potential buyers. Their granite is produced in a meticulous fashion with the finest finish, polish and resin treatments. As a result, it is no surprise that Italian granite is one of the more expensive stones you can buy. Brazil, on the other hand, may provide you with a more affordable option as the country quarries the majority of the world’s countertop stone. A portion of the blocks quarried are immediately made into slabs and sold to processors from Italy, India or China who will resin treat the stone themselves prior to selling them to other markets. Therefore, if you are contemplating granite with Brazilian origins, keep in mind that it may have been processed in several different countries. The price of granite is typically based off the quality of the stone. While there are both high priced and less expensive options in the market, be wary of the cheaper choices as poor quality stone may chip more easily than that of higher quality during installation or simply over time. When choosing a stone for your countertop, be sure to inspect the quality of the granite in person, in a well-lit area. Keep an eye out for hairline cracks that may appear as veins in the pattern but typically indicate a weak surface. The coloring and pattern of the stone should remain constant to provide your kitchen with a more seamless and flowing appearance. Lastly, run your hands along the surface of the granite in search of pits and view them under light. If the pits are not easily felt or...

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