Granite shopping can be overwhelming with all the different options. To make the decision easier, it might be helpful to think of granite with 5 variations: light, dark, print pattern, veining pattern, different thickness.
You may start your journey by looking through different granite color samples either online or in a brochure. This will help to give you a general idea of what you want. However, it is strongly recommended that you go and look at your choices in person before you come to a final decision. This is very, very important since granite colors and patterns often look much different in person than they do in photographs. The most common and easily found place to view a variety granite samples is at some type of granite warehouse. For example, one of the companies in Orlando is Stone Spirit Inc. www.StoneSpiritinc.com
Make sure that when you are viewing the granite samples you are in a place that has adequate lighting as this can play a role in how granite countertops look. Also, if you are revamping your current kitchen, you may want to consider bringing along a kitchen cabinet door, tile, or another piece of your kitchen so you can see how it looks next to granite.
3. Thickness of granite
Granite is available in a wide-ranging variety of thicknesses. The most popular thickness is 3 cm or 1-1/4” thickness and also 2 cm, or 3/4” thickness.
The granite thicknesses can differ as much as +/- 3 mm throughout the slab. Taking into the consideration the fact that granite tends to have not a uniform thickness throughout the whole slab, installers will compensate for the width variations with added support.
While choosing the right slab, it’s important to know how many square feet you need and what thickness of stone to buy. On average, granite slab size is 9-10 feet wide and 5-6 feet tall. So a typical slab would cover 50-55 square feet.
We recommend using the 3cm because of its structural integrity is superior to the 2cm and usually it is more eye appealing than the thinner stone. Sometimes, two 2 cm slabs are use together to create 4cm thickness.
If you have any questions, please, feel free to contact us online: www.StoneSpiritInc.com