There are plenty of reasons granite kitchen counters are so popular – this natural stone has plenty of character, with unique grains, colours and customizable finishes. When properly sealed, it’s one of the most durable options out there. While it can be cost effectively, prices can go up quickly with more exotic slabs and difficult installations.
Choose your sink
The most common sink is a stainless steel under mount sink. We recommend buying a 16-gauge sink rather than the typical 18-gauge sink. The 16-gauge sink is a little thicker and will resist dents. Undermount sinks come in a variety of shapes and sizes; think about your kitchen habits before choosing one.
Choose the edge profile
The edge profile is the design installed on the outer edge of the countertop. Different edges have different prices.
Decide on a backsplash
Decide if you would like to have a granite backsplash. The most common height is a 10cm backsplash. Most kitchens today have a tile or glass backsplash that starts at the countertop and continues to the upper cabinets.
Think about your faucet layout
The granite fabricator will need to know how many holes to drill in the granite, and may need to see a specification sheet on the faucet you choose.
Visit a stone supplier
Go to a stone supplier to choose your slab. Your granite fabricator will locate full slabs for your selection, and you can select the slab that appeals the most.
The Joos Joiners installation team will make a hardboard replica of your new countertop.. It is advisable that you are there while the installers make the template. The fabricators will discuss where they will be putting seams, where the faucet will be located, how much of an overhang you would like and what type of radius you want on the corners.
The fabricator will bring the slabs to your home and set them in place. Larger slabs will require a direct line into the house, minimizing the distance the installers will need to carry it. A standard kitchen will take a few hours to install. You will usually have to wait about 24 hours before you can install the faucet and connect the sink drains.