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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.
What is the standard depth of kitchen counters?
Kitchen counters have a standard depth of 25 inches. These counters are sold not by square foot, but by linear foot. A square foot is 12-inches wide and 12-inches deep, while a linear foot is 12-inches wide and 25-inches deep, and the depth of this measurement is compatible with the standard depth of a kitchen counter.
How much do kitchen cabinets cost?
Kitchen cabinets vary in cost. Stock cabinets are the least-expensive option. These cabinets are fully prefabricated, and they typically cost $60-$200 per linear foot. Semi-custom cabinets give you the chance to add some customized elements, and these usually cost about $100-$650 per linear foot. Finally, custom cabinets are hand-made to suit your precise specifications, and these cost $500-$1,200 per linear foot.
What is the most commonly used material for making cabinets?
Wood was one of the first materials used for making cabinets, and it continues to be the most common . Many types of wood are available for cabinets, including maple, cherry, oak, and hickory. Cabinets can also be made with laminate, stainless steel, lacquer, and acrylic, but wood impresses by providing a look that's natural and rustic.
What are soft-close cabinet hinges?
If you've ever been irritated by the loud slam of a cabinet door, you'll appreciate the benefits of soft-close cabinet hinges. These hinges are constructed with a built-in mechanism that slows the speed at which the cabinet door closes. Doors equipped with these hinges will never slam; instead, they will gradually move to a closed position. Soft-close cabinet hinges are available for both framed and frameless cabinetry.
What are frameless kitchen cabinets?
Frameless kitchen cabinets are made without a face frame at the front of the cabinet box. With framed kitchen cabinets, this face frame holds the door hinges, and it helps make the cabinet sturdier and more resilient. Frameless cabinets use heftier box construction to improve sturdiness, and their door hinges are joined directly on either side of the cabinet box. The absence of a face frame gives frameless kitchen cabinets a look that's lean, sleek, and modern, and makes it easier to access items contained inside.