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What to Look for in a Granite Countertop: A Guide for First-Time Buyers

Last Updated on February 15, 2022

Installing new countertops in your home is an exciting time. You get to truly customize a large and visible surface to your design preferences. Many homeowners opt for granite countertops, which are a stunning addition to your kitchen. Perhaps you have settled on granite, but don’t know how to begin choosing a color scheme or style. We have you covered! Here are a few key things to look for when buying your granite countertops.

For kitchen remodels:

First and foremost, make sure you decide on your sink first. The installation method of your sink will impact the cost of your granite countertops. For under-mounted sinks, counters get cut in a different (and more costly) manner.

Next, you want to choose a color that complements or highlights the color of your cabinets. Whether you are refinishing the old cabinets or doing complete replacements, make sure you consider how the colors work together.

Choose a material that matches your style:

There are numerous countertop materials on the market, including high-quality engineered surfaces, that can complete the look of your new kitchen. Engineered countertops like etherium® By E-Stone are not only durable, they are also surprisingly affordable when compared to traditional granite, quartz, or marble. Installed over your old countertops, these engineered countertop overlays are installed much faster than a full replacement.

Engineered countertop overlays come in many options that can elevate your kitchen’s new aesthetic. Installing the luxurious look of granite, quartz, marble, and even recycled glass is easier and more affordable than ever with engineered countertops!

Go local for sales and installation:

Since selecting your new countertops in-person is critical, try to buy local if you can. When your experts are close at hand, you can build relationships with them and reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Local suppliers are typically better positioned to make replacements or quickly address any unique issues that come up in the process.

Ready to get started choosing your granite? Visit our kitchens page for more information, and if you have any additional questions about countertops, contact Granite and TREND Transformations today!

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