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Sample or slab? The art of choosing granite countertops

With most major purchases, it’s best to check out what you’re buying before you buy it. But what about home improvements – specifically, those new granite countertops you’ve been dreaming about? After visiting a granite showroom, you might wonder why there are not hundreds of granite slabs in stock for your selection. Simply put, there are just too many options to showcase. Plus, when it comes to granite, some colors can be reliably chosen from a small sample, while others require selecting the actual slab that will one day enhance the value of your kitchen.

After you’ve chosen granite for your countertop material—and if you haven’t, check out our blog post on choosing between granite and quartz—your next step is to select the color of granite you’d like. Unlike quartz slabs that are manufactured for consistency using aggregate quartz and other controlled materials, granite is cut from naturally occurring stone, so the variations can be much greater.

In part, that variation depends upon what color of granite you are choosing. Granite colors are divided into grades based on their availability. “A” granite is the most common. It traditionally has tight patterns that repeat indefinitely and is available in popular colors. As a result, it’s relatively easy to pick an “A” granite color from a sample, and trust that your countertop will closely resemble that sample. Regardless of what color you select, you will want to make sure the sample you view is large enough for you to get a real feel for how it will look in your home.

Other, less common colors of granite are identified as grades “B” through “E,” with “E” being the most exotic. “E” grade granite colors have the most dramatic variance and movement of colors within the stone and are often one of a kind. Though they are guaranteed to add an extra dimension of value and beauty to your space, these exotic colors will not have realistic samples and should not be chosen without looking at the actual slab.

At Marble Today, we provide our customers with the option of visiting a trusted distributer that receives granite directly from high-quality quarries around the world. From there, you can explore all your options, select your slab and it will be shipped to our production facility in Palatka, where our state-of-the-art technology will ensure your countertop looks great, fits perfectly and delivers top-of-the-line performance for decades to come.

For more information about how to choose your natural stone countertops, contact Marble Today at info@marbletoday.com, or visit one of our showrooms.


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