Granite Countertops Bakersfield – Pros VS Cons – There are many factors to consider when choosing a kitchen countertop. If granite countertop has become your first choice, please read through the following articles to determine whether its advantages and disadvantages make it an ideal choice for your kitchen.
Price. The average price of granite countertops in a typical kitchen is between US$3,000 and US$4,000 and even more. Variables include edge profile, total square feet and tailgate. Don’t be fooled by the stereotype that all granite is expensive. The lower range granite will be cheaper than the higher range laminate. Although the price of granite countertops is not considered “low-end”, there are still many reasonably priced options, starting at $35-55 per square foot. Be extra careful when comparing prices between different companies. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Your final quotation should include materials, manufacturing and installation.
Exotic options. If you are looking for something truly unique, consider using exotic granite. Like most things in life, prices are determined by supply and demand. Some quarries are not easy to access or can only quarry in a short period of time throughout the year. If these conditions exist in the quarry’s unique quarry, the price will rise.
Heat resistance. Granite countertops will not melt or foam when heated. They are one of the most heat-resistant countertops on the market. The hot pot can be placed directly on the work surface of the oven without causing any harm.
Available colors. For all natural stones including granite, we are limited to the colors and patterns produced by Mother Nature. You won’t find many solid color patterns or bright colors, but both exist. In addition, please note that there are a larger range of colors and patterns in the same color stone. It is always a good idea to check the exact slabs prepared for your kitchen to make sure they are the same as you see from the samples. Another factor is that many exotic granites have huge flow waves, and a small sample will not be a good representative of the entire slab.
Stain resistance. Usually, dark granite is very dense, and sometimes no sealant is even needed. Lighter granite is more porous and sometimes requires multiple layers of sealant to be considered antifouling. Either way, if handled properly, granite is an anti-fouling countertop surface.
Seal. Granite is a porous material, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. If the liquid stays on the surface for a long time, they will eventually be absorbed. But just as they absorb, they also evaporate. Depending on the substance that needs to be removed, you can apply different ointments to speed up the whole process. However, many people will evaporate on their own without the use of chemicals or cleaning products. Most manufacturers use sealants before installing granite countertops to protect them from absorbing liquid too quickly.
Maintain. Granite countertops are considered low maintenance costs. There is little chance that the surface needs to be repaired or resurfacing. Over the years, the technology used for sealing machines has come a long way, and many technologies will last more than 10 years before they can be re-applied. When they do need to be reused, most homeowners can do it themselves: just apply the product and wipe off the excess.
Sustainability Did you know that a quarry can provide stone for thousands of commercial and residential projects in a matter of centuries? Granite is also very close to complete as a countertop material in its natural state. After quarrying, you can prepare your kitchen with minimal processing. In contrast, the production process of engineering materials is complex and usually includes the emission of toxic chemicals and harmful gases into the atmosphere.
Really natural materials. Facts have proved that eliminating or at least reducing our exposure to chemicals and additives is good for our health. Natural natural stone (including granite, marble, talcum powder, etc.) is the “natural choice” for countertop surfaces. They are mined from the earth in their natural state and cut into thin slices for you to use at home. Although engineered quartz surface materials may claim that they are also natural, the fact is that they are mainly styrene and polyester resins, and the proportion of broken natural quartz is very small.
Backsplash option. The arched backsplash commonly found in granite countertops is not suitable for granite. Usually, a single 4-inch thick slate will adhere to the top of your countertop surface. Ceramic tiles and full-height granite backsplashes can also be used.
Seam. In a typical kitchen, granite countertops will require 2-3 seams. Depending on the color of the granite you choose, the average slab size will vary. The typical expected value can be set to 9 feet x 5 feet. Big islands can usually be seamless. If you are using an L-shaped or U-shaped layout, please note that the work surface at the seam will tilt in different directions. The good news is that many manufacturers will mix and use custom colored epoxy to bond the seams together, which does a great job of hiding them. The thickness of the seam is expected to be approximately 1/8 inch.
Hanging sink. Under-counter sinks are common in granite countertop installations. This allows debris and spills to be wiped directly into the sink without getting stuck on the lip of the surface-mounted sink. You can consider several types of sinks, including cast iron, stainless steel, or solid surfaces. The manufacturer will cut and polish the sink hole to match the shape of the sink you choose.
Service. Granite countertops should be repaired by professionals. It is rare to see cracks or chipping on the workbench, but if you do, please call the manufacturer who installed your workbench to arrange a service call. In most cases, a color-matched epoxy can be used to fill the void and it is almost invisible. Super glue can be used to fill the debris in a critical juncture. If using a heavy cast iron pot, be careful when placing it in an uninstalled sink. The edges of these cuts are the most commonplace to get chips. However, it is more likely that there will be more broken dishes.
Resistant to chemicals. Granite countertops are very resistant to chemicals. Acids and alkalis will not damage the material. However, be sure to reuse it, as certain chemicals will flush out the sealant over time, causing the need to be resealed before the recommended time.