If you are in the process of redecorating your kitchen, or perhaps you are designing the kitchen of your new home, then you are likely aware of the many options available for countertops.
After all, you can go with a less pricey option and choose a laminate, you may opt for a butcher-block countertop, or perhaps you want to go with the countertop material that has been around for centuries -the granite countertop.
Each of these choices has its pros and cons, but perhaps one of the most important things to consider is the usability and the maintenance required for these assorted choices to last the test of time.
With durability in mind, many feel that the best choice is that of granite. However, for some, the thought of having granite countertops conjures up thoughts of needing to get a loan in order to attain this beautiful feature for their home.
If you find yourself in the position of wanting the beauty and durability of granite, but still want to save money on your design budget wherever possible, then consider these granite countertop options.
· Granite tiles – This is the least expensive way to have granite countertops for your kitchen or bath. Rather than buying a large slab of granite, you can purchase 12" x 12" slabs of granite, which are then mounted to a plywood frame and place on top of your cabinets. The tiles offer the beauty and elegance of granite; however, there will be more seams than any other.
· Modular granite – This granite countertop choice is accomplished when thinner granite slabs are built up a bit to give it an edge and mounted to a base. It typically requires more seams than a slab of granite -especially if one is having a custom design, but still has the movement, durability, and usability of the granite slab.
· Slab granite – For many, there is no other alternative, but to have the full effect of a slab of granite for their countertops. When this choice is used, there will be fewer seams and the movement of the stone's patterns will be more noticeable.
Also of note, one can still save a bit on the cost of the slab granite by paying attention to whether the granite selected is first-tier (more expensive) or commercial grade which is lower in cost and may have some pits and less movement than a more pricey slab of granite would have.
It is possible to have beautiful granite countertops for your kitchen, or any other room in your home. In fact, with the various options in types of countertops, you could have granite in several rooms of your home for much less, than you may have expected.