We proudly offer Granite Countertops in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. Especially in Sterling, Dulles, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, McLean, Springfield, Alexandria, Chantilly, Dumfries, Stafford, King George, McLean, Annandale, Lorton, Spotsylvania, and Burke.

How to choose Granite Countertops

The experts are wrong. Granite continues to be the material of choice for kitchen countertops, despite their prediction a few years back that its popularity will continuously decline. In fact, its popularity has only changed very little, and it still accounts for more than 50% of all kitchen countertop materials!

There are several reasons for granite’s continued dominance in the countertops market. For one, no two granite tops are exactly alike — the material can come in virtually limitless colorations and venations, with a variety of specks and swirls that are truly unique. Aside from its beauty, it also possesses characteristics ideal for the kitchen — its surface is nearly diamond-hard, heat and scratch resistant, stain resistant, as well as prevents the accumulation of mold and mildew.

However, a granite countertop can be quite costly, and while not as expensive as a marble countertop, granite prices can set you back with unnecessary expenses when poorly planned. Given this, it is necessary to carefully plan on how to choose granite countertops.

Since a countertop is only but a part of the kitchen space, the way it melds with its surroundings is of great importance — you will not want to spend hard-earned cash on a product that does not fit your design scheme completely. Given the endless variation of granite products, you may need to consider the lighting first. A kitchen that does not receive adequate light will look best with a lighter shade of granite, such as golden hues, with white specks or streaks. Conversely, a well-lit surrounding will benefit from dark colors such as mahogany, deep blue, and even black. You can view these contrasts by visiting showrooms.

Another consideration that not many take into account will be the finish of the edges. Many granite countertops have edges that are plainly squared off, and these seem to be the standard, but if you have additional funds, you may want to have them done in any of several finishes: from ogee, egg, bevel, bullnose, and radius designs.

For those who want the beauty of granite but do not have the funds to spend for granite slabs, there are also granite tiles out in the market. Then of course, customer service is another thing — you wouldn’t want your granite to be installed by workers who do a shoddy job and then charge too much for service. There are companies who offer free estimates and on-time installations that won’t be a bane to your budget.