While you are shopping for a new granite installation, keep in mind there are things to consider other than price. Consider the installation and quality of the service or product.
Have a look at the following nightmare of a video and realize some of these homeowners only saved $100 only to have someone else rip it out and re-install. All of the installs in this video were actual jobs and from companies that billed themselves as professional. Frightening to think what would happen on a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel. When choosing a company for granite or any renovation choose someone you can trust someone that has been around for a while and someone that has regular business hours with a good reputation and a priority on customer service.
What is the most important room of your home-The kitchen.
The kitchen is the central work zone and most commonly used social place of the home. Consider how many times you use this area during the course of the day. Breakfast, morning paper, coffee, lunch, sort through mail, going over homework with the kids, before, during and after dinner. When friends and family come to visit, where do you tend to gather? The kitchen, this is why it is referred to as the heart of the home. This is also the reason the kitchen is the top remodeled room of a home.
It is used by everyone -Whether it is your gourmet indulging husband or your toaster popping Eggo son, the kitchen is visited by family and friends more than any room in your home. It is the most public and yet personal area in your home. Unlike a bedroom, which is more private, the kitchen reflects your taste in more ways than just food selections.
It has a purpose– Like the bathroom which has a unique function; the kitchen is designed for preparing, serving and storing food. Even if you are a microwave master, you still need this room for cooking, eating and cleaning up after your meal.
It is a Showpiece– Kitchens are the main focus when buying or selling a home. They are the most visited and remembered room. A kitchen, by far, reflects the homeowner’s colors, styles and personality. The first room to receive any type of upgrade will be the kitchen due to this.
It is a must-While many rooms in your home can be used as a replacement of others. A bedroom for example, can be used as a den, office or even as a family room or vice versa. The kitchens along with the bathroom are designed to function for that purpose only. While the kitchen, with larger floor plans and added desktop designs, have the distinction of becoming the most versatile room in the home. It can be used not only as a place for meals, but also as an office, a get together, even a place to watch the evening news.
It is Unique-It is the only room in your home where you have so many options to show off your taste and styles. You can create a dream kitchen by selecting the type of appliances, dining furniture, flooring, decorative trim, cabinets, hardware, lighting, countertops, sinks, faucets, backsplash designs and wall coloring. Imagine what even a little change could make. No other room in your house has so many options for being creative. And what better room to show off your style than the most visited place in the home.
It is Universal-House’s all over the world, have some form of a kitchen, making it into a home. Consider this when reading this article or sitting down tonight for that evening meal. What does your kitchen say about you? What might you change, a little or a lot?
A lot has change in the housing industry but one thing remains the constant, the kitchen is the main focal point of the home and it is a beneficial place to make any improvements.
We have been in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling industry for over 15 years and have helped homeowners with everything from simple mini make-overs to major renovations. Are you considering a project but need ideas? Our design specialist can help you; we can show you everything you will need to create that dream kitchen. Flooring-Hardwood and Tile, Cabinets and Hardware, Countertops-Granite, Marble, Silestone, Quartz and Soapstone, Faucet and Sinks, Backsplash-Travertine,stone,glass and slate.
The reason why we chose granite versus other options.
We chose granite because we liked its natural stone appearance.
We also considered quartz and silestone but their look had a more manufactured, engineered look.
We did have some concerns until we learned how easy granite is to maintain.
Why we went with Fireplace and Granite.
The cost of granite with Fireplace and Granite was also less costly than estimates of granite, quartz or silestone from other vendors.
The timing of our project (how long a wait to begin, then how long from the beginning of project to the end)
After our call to the showroom, a salesperson arrived within a few days to measure and give us a cost estimate.
After that we went to the showroom and picked our granite piece directly on the lot.
Our kitchen was measured carefully to insure that the granite was cut precisely.
After that, an appointment for installation was made.
From decision time to installation time, approximately 3 weeks.
Granite and new sink was installed in 2 days. Super!!!
Our Installer was polite, efficent and he did a great job.
We were very pleased with the service and final results from Fireplace and Granite.
We would be more than happy to recommend Fireplace and Granite for future customers.
This South Charlotte kitchen was created with Uba Tuba Granite on the countertops. The granite was fabricated with a half bull nose edge. A 70/30 sink was installed with a Essen faucet. The backsplash was designed with 4×4 light travertine tiles, two rows of tri color travertine and 1×1 hemp tiles. This is what we call our Showroom Design. Let our Kitchen and Bathroom Design Experts help you create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. Total cost of the project $3250
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The pricing of your granite usually depends on the level or type of granite you choose. Most granite companies have several granite levels. Granite level or price is not determined by color, but by quality of the stone. You can read more about granite levels and how they are priced by reading Bob’s blog at: GraniteCountertop Pricesand Granite Levels
New Venetian Gold is just one of many light color granites. New Venetian Gold has a gold background with quartz, garnet, light brown, sometimes rust or orange colors throughout the granite color. New Venetian Gold also has a sporadic pattern showing very little movement.
When choosing your color of granite, you should consider your floors and cabinets over the maintenance. With darker cabinets and floors, your best choice would be light color granite. This light color granite will give more of a contrast between the countertop and cabinets.
New Venetian Gold and Sante Cecelia are two very popular light color granite colors. Both granite colors are typically Level II pricing. Both colors do have more movement than a Level I Color.
With lighter color cabinets, a darker granite will stand out more than the lighter granite. Tan Brown and Tropic Brown are the most common darker granites to use.
Here are some photos of New Venetian Gold (a lighter granite color with gold):
New Venetian Gold Granite Slabs
New Venetian Gold Granite Installed
Light Color Granite Maintenance
Most customers go with darker granite over the lighter granite. I find this is due to maintenance more than anything. As the darker color granites do have easier maintenance, with the proper sealer, the lighter color granites can have the same type of maintenance. There are other factors over maintenance that should guide you in your granite color choice.
As granite is a form of a rock, granite will absorb liquids. When using granite in your kitchen, a proper sealer should always be applied. The lighter the granite, the stronger the sealer should be. We use a one year sealer on our granite as our standard. We have a fifteen year sealer and a lifetime sealer available at an additional cost. The fifteen year sealer will protect your granite for fifteen years with proper care. The lifetime sealer, Granite Shield, will protect your granite for the life of your granite, again as with most sealers, with the proper care. When using lighter granite such as New Venetian Gold, Sante Cecelia, or one of the many exotic granites, the fifteen year sealer or Granite Shield would be a very wise investment. With these sealers, you can go use most commercial cleaners on your granite. The sealers also keep the granite from absorbing liquids, which in turn, keeps your granite from staining.
When choosing your granite, let your likes and dislikes dictate your decision, not the maintenance of the granite.
When choosing a granite company to buy from, this is why the best price might not always be the best value. Written By: Bob Faust
Fireplace & Granite Distributors
There are many factors that go into creating a quote for granite countertop prices. Factors such as 1) Material cost 2) overhead 3) Labor cost 4) Specialty tools and equipment 5) advertising and service.
These should all be evaluated when you are considering the “Risk vs. Reward” scenario when choosing the right company for your granite needs.
Lets consider one of factors: Material Cost
All granite slabs are sold at different levels of quality or “grades”. Just as diamonds are graded from “commercial grade” all the way up to to “FL” (flawless), granite slabs prices vary the same way. Granite is available in commercial grade, fabricator grade, second choice, and first choice. The cost range of these materials are considerable.
A granite slab of Santa Cecilia commercial grade has a cost as little as $4.00 per sq ft whereas a similar slab of first quality material could easily cost $8-$10/ft. (NOTE: these are direct prices from the stone Quarries)
How is granite graded? What is the difference in granite slab grades?
Just some of the factors that go into this grading process are color, clarity, fissures or cracks, and pocked (pitted) slabs. Fully 80-90% of the granite fabricators locally to our area (Charlotte and surrounding) buy there materials from slab distributors. They then in turn add on their overhead and profit. After that, they then add wholesale these slabs to fabricators for $7-8 for commercial and as high has $12-14 for first quality slabs. Many Charlotte companies advertise first choice materials but sell lesser grades.
(The photo above shows the same granite: 3CM Baltic Brown Granite — The same granite but in different grades can appear different in color, have more granite fissures or cracks, and an overall difference in quality)
We, at Fireplace and Granite Distributors, buy directly from quarries overseas, thus insuring the best price and best quality materials.
This allows us to provide a premium quality material at wholesale prices or “Builder price levels”. (Passing all the savings and discounts onto you, the customer)
I am sure you can see why the best price may not always be the best value. If you pay a lesser price, you may very well get a lesser material. After all when the job is said and done and you are showing off your new tops to your friends and relatives, would you rather say “Look at my beautiful granite tops!” or “Look how little I paid for my granite tops!”
A low per sq ft granite price, a cheap granite countertop price still gets you a cheap granite countertop. Sometimes the lowest price will not offer you the best granite countertop and best overall value.