Granite Slabs: Toronto’s #1 Choice
Granite slabs for Toronto
countertops are first choice for kitchen renovations. Learn how to choose a
A recent survey polled
Torontonians about preferred materials in homebuilding. Not surprisingly, a
majority of respondents named two elements as top choices: hardwood floors and
granite countertops. Both of these natural materials bring warmth and elegance
to any home. In this article, we’ll examine granite slab countertops, and the
best way to choose them if you live in the Greater Toronto Area.
Visit a Showroom
If you want to install a granite
countertop in your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll need a fabricator. Your
contractor can recommend a fabricator, or, if you don’t have a contractor, you
can do some online research, as well as get recommendations from family,
friends, neighbours, and co-workers.
If your fabricator suggests that
you choose a granite slab by looking at small sample blocks of stone, decline
politely. Many homeowners do select countertops this way, but it can be
deceptive. Granite is a natural stone, and each slab is unique. An igneous rock,
granite formed thousands of years ago when magma cooled between layers of the
earth. Its two principal components are quartz and feldspar. The type of
feldspar, along with whatever accessory minerals are mixed into the stone, give
granite its colour. For example, the presence of iron oxide can give a granite
slab a reddish appearance; serpentine adds green.
If you select a granite slab
after seeing only a small sample block, you may discover that the entire slab
looks quite different. Granite often has variations in pattern and colour. You
may select a light grey sample with tiny black flecks, only to discover that
the colour on the entire slab ranges from light grey to very dark grey, or that
the black accents in places are very prominent. In this scenario, you will end
up with a much darker countertop than you’d expected after viewing the sample.
The best way to choose a
countertop is to find an importer/distributor of fine stone that maintains a
large showroom. Visiting a showroom can be a great way to see what’s available,
narrow your choices, and learn more about granite. You may be amazed by the
large selection available to you!
Once you’ve decided on a slab,
you can "tag” or reserve it. The stone importer will fax the information about
the chosen slab to your fabricator, who will then order it for you.
Rocking Your Kitchen
Once your granite countertop is
installed, you will need to maintain its seal, but this is an infrequent task.
In fact, it generally takes less than an half hour once a year. (Simply clean
the counter, apply sealant, leave it on for fifteen minutes, and then wipe it
Granite is an extremely hard,
very durable surface. The natural stone catches light and reflects it back,
giving it a beauty and depth unmatched by any synthetic material. Granite is
versatile, able to complement any style of interior design. A granite
countertop adds a timeless elegance to your home. Also, granite is very
practical, providing you with a heat resistant, scratch resistant countertop
that can be the hub of any kitchen.
Visit a stone showroom today and
find the perfect granite slab for your home!