The ABCs of Choosing Exotic Granite

The ABCs of Choosing Exotic Granite

There are dozens or even hundreds of different exotic varieties of granite available on the market today. At our Clearwater showroom you’ll always find a wide selection of slabs available in-stock for your kitchen or bathroom project.

ABCs of Choosing Exotic Granite Stone For Your Countertop

Choosing exotic granite slab for your project should be a simple and enjoyable process where you can match your individual sense of style with a beautiful piece of natural stone that you will love owning for years to come. Here are three things you should consider to help you make the right choice.

A. Movement and Inclusions

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The beautiful swirling patterns that you find in many exotic granites are said to give the stone “movement”.

These patterns are completely unique to each piece of stone and are considered to add beauty and value. You may also hear the word “foliated” used to describe a stone with many different bands of color.

“Inclusions” are contrasting pockets of different minerals that have entered small fissures and cracks in the stone over millions of years. These are often rust colored, black or gray and produce interesting patterns of markings on the surface of the slab. Veins of contrasting minerals are also common inclusions in exotic granites.

Apart from the aesthetics of movement and veining, these qualities also come with additional maintenance considerations. Small holes and voids will be present in slabs that are less homogeneous. Care should be taken to seal the stone properly before use. The countertop should also be resealed periodically to prevent the possibility of stains or the harboring of bacteria. Granite sealers vary but are typically rated to last 3-5 years before resealing.

B. Matching Colors

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An exotic granite countertop will often serve as the focal point of your kitchen design.

To find the right color match it is helpful to have samples of your cabinet color, floor tiles and backsplash material with you when you are making your choice. A slab that includes contrasting colors often makes a beautiful choice. When choosing a slab with a main color that contrasts with the rest of your kitchen décor, look for one with veins or inclusions that match.

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A white or light gray granite slab with dark brown flecks will stand out and look great with dark wood cabinets while a dark emerald green granite slab with white veining makes an excellent focal point in an all-white kitchen while still tying together your color palette.

You can also select your granite first and then match your cabinet and tile choices to the slab. Make sure to bring samples of the tile and cabinets you are considering to our Clearwater showroom to get a side by side comparison before committing to your choices.

C. Thickness

The right thickness is primarily a personal aesthetic choice but there are a couple of additional considerations.

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Exotic granite slabs come in 3/4 and 1-1/4 inch thicknesses.

The best thickness will also be influenced by the edge profile that you choose. You may decide on a simple and clean pencil or beveled edge. Both of these edge profiles look great with almost any style of cabinet from shaker and flat panel to

mission style and cottage kitchen. A 3/4 inch slab will look its best with a simple clean profile in a modern kitchen design.

If you choose to match a more ornate style of kitchen like French country or American colonial with the sweeping double curve of an “ogee” edge profile you may prefer the extra thickness of a 1-1/4 inch slab. Thickness also affects the heat conducting properties of the stone. If you plan to use your counter extensively for baking and want a cool surface to roll your dough on then a thicker 1-1/4 inch slab may be for you.

The Test

Now that you have mastered the ABCs of choosing exotic granite countertops you have everything you need to come down to our Clearwater showroom and pick out the perfect piece for your kitchen or bath project. If you’re still not confident you’ll ace the test don’t worry, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always here to help you.