How to Buy Kitchen Granite Countertops

A review of the key features when looking to Buy Kitchen Granite Countertops

By Mark J. Donovan

Granite kitchen countertops are an excellent choice for a kitchen remodeling project. There is nothing on the kitchen countertop market that surpasses the beauty, elegance, functionality and durability of granite kitchen countertops. However, before you decide to buy kitchen granite countertops there are a few things to consider first.

Kitchen Granite Countertop Maintenance

Of all the stones on the market for kitchen countertops, granite is the most durable and least porous. This said, however, granite can absorb liquids and can thus stain if not properly and regularly sealed.

Typically kitchen granite countertop providers will recommend wiping down the granite with a sealer once every year or so. Before you buy your particular kitchen granite countertop make sure you ask about maintenance.

Kitchen Granite Countertop Costs

Kitchen granite countertop prices are not cheap, but they are affordable for most. Typically you can expect to see kitchen granite countertop costs of $80 to $120 per square foot. This figure includes both the granite and the labor to install them.

Kitchen Granite Countertop Colors

Kitchen granite countertops come in many different colors as the granite is obtained from all over the world. A couple of thoughts when choosing colors: Dark colors can mask the site of crumbs, or puddles of liquids on your countertops.

Granite kitchen countertops

On one hand this may be a good thing. On the other hand, you may wind up laying food on what may not be a clean countertop.

Kitchen Granite Countertop Warranties

Most reputable Kitchen Granite Countertop manufacturers warranty granite countertops for extended periods, with some offering up to 25 year warranties. Make sure you ask about warranties, as this may help determine the quality of granite you are planning to buy.

With these few useful tips on how to buy kitchen granite countertops in mind, you should be able to ensure that you find the right granite countertops for your kitchen remodeling project.

For help on your kitchen remodeling project, see my Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective kitchen remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive kitchen remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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