A Stone of Strengths
have ever engaged in the sport of curling, you will know exactly what any
Barrie granite fabricator knows. Granite is one tough rock. The canny Scots discovered early on that they
could throw granite stones across ice, bash them around – and they would not be
destroyed. The Scots also learned how to grind the stone to a shiny level of
smoothness, so that they could sail over the icy surface. Durability and
versatility are the two hallmarks of granite!
Granite Indoors – From Slab to Tile
course it's not just curlers wearing funny sweaters who have discovered the
value of granite. Home renovators
are now embracing granite, and the stone has gone
indoors. In fact, it is now the upscale material of choice of kitchen
countertops and flooring. Its toughness and resistance to heat makes it ideal
for counters – but its positive attributes are not limited to that.
is a beautiful stone that comes in a wide range of colours. This dramatically
increases its value for home decorating. Traditionalists might choose blacks
but a warmer shade is perfect for enhancing a room with a lot of wood. An ultra-modern kitchen
can be the perfect stage for highly polished
countertops in black or white. And there are unique speckles and striations of
colour in granite that makes it an ongoing joy to behold.
is available in slab or tile form. The latter is more flexible for many home
uses than the slabs. Granite tiles are a blend of materials and virtually
indistinguishable for the traditional slabs. Their cost point is less than
slabs, but they are much easier to install and can be fitted to unusual spaces
or counter shapes. Tiles share the same stain, scratch and burn resistance of
the slabs – and the relatively low maintenance. They are also easy to replace –
though it's hard to imagine changing a kitchen décor that has been blessed with
Where to Buy the Best Granite
the best advice with regard to buying granite is to settle back and enjoy the
process. The first thing you will discover upon visiting a reputable granite
fabricator in Barrie is the exciting array of colour on offer. What is going to
work in your kitchen
to take home a chunk or two as samples – you need more than the chips you use
in painting to get an idea of the effect of granite on your room.
sure the dealer has a good variety of stone on hand. There is going to be one
shade – and one piece – that will work perfectly in your kitchen and the joy of
the process is finding it. Some dealers will also have "exotic” forms of
granite on sale – more expensive but coming in jaw-dropping colours.
look for a well-established dealer. Granite is the kind of value-added purchase
that requires a long term commitment. You won't be changing your granite
counters next year. They'll be there when you sell your home, enhancing its
value. You need a Barrie granite fabricator who will stick with you for the
long run, and take care of the periodic resealing requirements, as well as
taking the time to advise you on this most wonderful of stones.