Questions about Marble and Granite Countertops in Brownwood, Brady & Coleman, TX

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At Texas Custom Interiors, you have your choice of stone for your countertops: granite, quartz and marble. As a consumer, you need to be educated before making your selection.

  • What is Granite?
    Granite is a natural stone that is quarried from the Earth. Like snowflakes, there are no two granite slabs that are exactly alike. We like to call it “God’s Masterpieces.” The porosity of granite is more than quartz, but not as much as marble. That porosity is minimized when sealed at installation. You can put a hot pan on your granite countertops and they will be fine.
  • Granite LASTS
    Granite is rock that has been formed deep in the earth by volcanic activity. It’s literally millions of years old. Each time you touch a piece of real granite, you’re touching an ancient piece of the planet’s history. It’s a pretty safe bet that granite countertop you’re contemplating will outlive you, your kids, your grandkids, etc.
  • Granite is DURABLE
    Granite is a naturally occurring stone and is one of the toughest rocks on the planet. One of the reasons why granite is so commonly chosen for kitchen and bathroom countertops is because it is so durable. Ultimately, granite makes an excellent countertop because it is very durable material.
  • Granite is BEAUTIFUL
    Veins of quartz, natural patterning, even cross-sections of river pebbles all make granite one of the most interesting pieces of art you can put in your home.
  • Granite is LOW MAINTENANCE
    Granite will be sealed when it’s installed and maintenance is simple. Remember that caring for your granite countertops is important. So pick up a bottle of granite cleaner, we recommend Weiman cream, and wipe it on according to the directions, and you’re done. It’s that simple. Weiman is a cream and does not dull the shine of your new counter or vanity top like an alcohol based spray will AND it’s inexpensive bought at your local Walmart. You can use soap and water for daily cleaning. Resealing is simple if needed. Note: You do want to avoid spilling acidic products like fruit juices.
What Do I Do First?
    Make a trip to the slab yard and see the actual slab that’s going into your house. There is so much variation from slab to slab so you MUST personally view the exact slab you’re purchasing.
    Granite is mined from the Earth in big blocks and then sliced like a loaf of bread into slabs. Veins, dots, patterns and other characteristics of the stone will usually be consistent throughout the block from which a slab was cut. It is best if you can get slabs from the same lot that are numbered consecutively. This means the slabs have an even better chance of being identical because they were cut right next to each other.
    Granite slabs AVERAGE about 55-63 square feet per slab. They generally measure about 9-10 feet wide by 6-7 feet high. If you have a nice-sized L-shaped kitchen plus an island, you can pretty much count on needing more than one slab to accommodate your needs. And keep in mind, a fabricator will generally cut about 3-4 inches off the edges to square the slab. If you’re at the slab yard with a tape measure, remember to subtract this amount off the sides while doing your calculations.
    The rule of thumb is – the more patterning and veining in a slab, the higher the cost. Granite is priced according to groups, with “A” being the cheapest all the way up to “exotics”, which can be more than $200 per square foot depending on your location.
    If you found the perfect granite online and its name is something like Brown Antique, don’t despair if you can’t find it at your showroom. Each showroom, quarry, importer, and even fabricator can have different names for the same granite color. Try Googling the name of the granite you like plus “alternate name” and see what comes up. (Hint: Brown Antique is also called Marron Cohiba.)
    It’s best if you start your kitchen or bath remodel by choosing the granite you want first. It’s the showpiece that will stand out in the room and set the tone of your design. You can work paint, cabinetry, flooring, the backsplash, and other elements around the colors and patterns of the slab you choose. BUT, if you have your heart set on a certain cabinet or floor, or have to work around existing finishes.
    I can’t tell you the number of people who say, “I should have brought my cabinet color with me” when they’re at the showroom selecting their countertop, a major investment that can’t be changed easily and needs to be right. It’s nearly impossible to match cabinet, paint, or flooring colors to a tiny sample of granite. Plus those samples are probably not from the same lot, and more than likely not even from the same quarry, as the granite you will choose. Bring a cabinet door, paint chip, tile or wood flooring plank, or other design elements in the room with you when you go to the slab yard.

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