Tips & Advice
Types of granite
The most common form of granite for countertops is slab granite. Other types are modular granite (pre-cut) and tiled granite. As far as colors and veining combinations, there are thousands of types of granite, but they are divided into broad color categories, including white, black, pink, red, green and gold. Other specific compositions of granite are given names because they’re very common--for example, Baltic Brown, Venetian Gold and Uba Tuba (from Brazil).
Are granite countertops heat resistant?
Yes, granite countertops are generally very heat resistant, although the sealant top layer of the countertop may not be.
How long does it take to install granite countertops?
Although the physical work of installing granite countertops can be completed in 4-6 hours, the entire installation process, including choosing the stone, measuring the surface areas and fabrication, usually takes 8-10 days. If you are given a time of more than 4 weeks, it probably means that fabricator has a backlog of jobs.
How much do granite countertops cost?
The cost of granite countertops varies widely, with pricing variables including how thick the slab is, the color and pattern (veining) of granite and how rare it is, and the complexity of the installation. Per square foot, including installation, granite countertops can cost anywhere from $50-$200.
Are granite countertops safe?
There is no consensus as to whether granite countertops are entirely safe. Many scientists have found that certain types of countertop granite emit a small level of radon gas, which some people find a cause for alarm because radon in high levels causes cancer. However, many other natural materials, including soil, emit more radon than the types of granite typically used in homes. That said, a few types of granite have been found to emit unsafe amounts of radon, so if you’re concerned, it’s best to make sure the granite that may be in your home has been tested and shows no to low levels of radon.