Granite: From Selection to Installation – 8 Simple Steps

For many understanding, any process can help in decision-making.  So in the case of bath or kitchen design in Sioux Falls, the process of selecting granite to its installation is explained below.

 

Mining

 

Granite is a naturally occurring stone created by molten rock within the earth’s surface.  It is mined from quarries in various parts the world and then transported to various granite vendors.

 

Selection

 

Many vendors have large warehouses or showrooms where actual granite slabs are available for viewing.  Actual samples are often previewed rather than just choosing from a catalog; this is because no two pieces of granite are the same.  When choosing a piece of granite, it is best to know the desired thickness in advance (usually available in 1 and ¼ inch or ¾ inch thickness).  With the thickness in mind, it is possible to preview the warehouse considering those choices available with the dimensions required.

 

Consider a Sink

 

Both overmount and under-mount sinks are options in both bathrooms and kitchens.  Undermount sinks tend to be more stylish and result in additional counter space.  Sinks come in numerous finishes, shapes, and sizes.  It can be beneficial to determine how many sinks will be required for each space as some vendors will charge for each sink cut out.

 

Choose the Finish

 

Granite can be finished polished, honed (more matte) or rough (most natural).  To choose the finish, giving thought to the style of the overall space can be helpful.  Also speaking to the sales professional about the benefits and disadvantages to the different finish types can expedite this decision.

 

Choose the Edging

 

The profile of the edge of the granite adds another feature of granite.  Of primary importance, rounding the edges somewhat can help prevent unwanted chips and prevent anyone from bumping a sharp surface.

 

Consider Faucets

 

In addition to cutting for the sink, an installer will also need to cut holes to accommodate the faucet and taps.  When keeping the existing hardware, it’s best to let the installer and vendor know.  When choosing new hardware, it’s best to choose the hardware in advance so the installer has noticed and can ensure that the hardware will work with the selected granite.

 

Consider the Scrapyard

 

For smaller projects, granite suppliers often have ‘off-cuts’ which is granite left-over from other projects.  These off-cuts are often available at discounted rates while providing the same quality piece.  Always consider the scrapyard first – there may be a diamond in the rough.

 

Installation

 

Some installers will visit a home in advance of installation to draft a template to be used for cutting the granite in the shop.  In other cases, the installer will bring equipment and cut the appropriate holes for the granite on-site.  In both instances, discussing installation day with a supplier can help set expectations and reduce stress.

 

Once a piece of granite has found its way from a mine to a supplier, a buyer then has to choose a slab (keeping thickness and color in mind), choose a sink, the finish, the edging, and the faucets.  For great bargains remember to check the scrapyard.  And, finally, communicate with the installers to get a sense of expectations.