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How to Choose Granite for Your Kitchen or Bathroom

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In recent years, natural stone has become much more affordable for even ordinary houses. In fact, it is easy to go to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and find a big slab of granite and out front as an inducement to purchase granite countertops in your kitchen. Some tips that will be helpful.

Granite Is Not Always Though

Although it is true that granite does a fairly good job of resisting staining, however still it is porous and does require frequent sealing. Granite is as dense as vitreous tile, so both have the same properties with respect to heat and water.

Granite Strength Ratings

One thing to note about purchasing granite for kitchen or bathroom is that natural stone does not receive strength ratings like manufactured ceramic tiles do. So granite does vary in strength. That is why you will typically find thicker granite tiles then you will find with ceramic tiles—usually 3/8 inch thick or even thicker.

Granite Installation

One nice thing about granite installation is that’s possible to install a granite countertop using 12 inch square tiles, rather than single slabs of granite. It does not look as good as the continuous slab, but you save tremendous sums of money on the professional installation.

Another positive about granite countertop installation is that you don’t have to use thinset mortar or grout. Simply lay the tile close together on clear silicone caulk. When finished, apply sealer across the entire surface (you may need to apply several coats to fill all cracks).

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Written by ignacio lópez silva

May 9th, 2011 at 9:40 am

Posted in Granite

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