Top Granite Counter-Top Trends for 2016

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The use of granite is a sure-fire way to rapidly increase the value of your home. Granite Countertops are always a perfect option for both your kitchen and bathrooms, as the high-end stone is available in hundreds of patterns and colors. If you’re planning on selling your home you have probably heard the old adage that kitchens and bathrooms tend to sell homes. This is certainly a true statement—and a high-end countertop could be the difference between a quick contract and a house that sits on the market for months on end. Granite also brings a unique and exciting aesthetic to any do it yourself projects, guaranteeing a touch of luxury via the use of quality material. Additionally, new sealant technology promises to protect your granite investment year after year, throughout even the most demanding environments.

One of the best things about using granite fabrication is its impressive durability. It is strong and solid—plus it typically resists scratches, dings, and scuffs.

If you are looking for ways to incorporate more granite in your home first make absolutely sure that the type you choose will improve upon the existing aesthetic—or look and feel—of your home. Before selecting a slab, it is wise to take a long, hard look in each room. Take inventory of the colors, surfaces and make note of the overall look you would like to achieve. This will make your eventual shopping experience more leisurely.  As an example, if you are seeking a luxury shabby chic look, reminiscent of the French countryside, it is typically best to replace worn countertops with rich neutral hues and textures that nicely compliment the accompanying environment. Keep in mind a new trend in luxury design is using granite in kitchen and bathroom sink bowls to achieve a high end, smooth and sleek look.

But granite isn’t just for countertops. It is perfectly acceptable to get creative with this versatile medium! In need of new flooring? Look no further. Consider utilizing granite as an inlay for your outdoor entertaining space or pool area to replace a worn, tired-looking surface.  The options are virtually endless—and outdoor living spaces are always a viable option. Keep in mind that granite is both hygienic and temperature resistant, so it maintains a balanced temperature year round. Perhaps best of all, granite is almost completely indestructible and very easy to clean—which is always a nice characteristic of flooring.

For those of you who are experienced in the do it yourself scene, granite installation is not as hard as it sounds. In fact, it is actually pretty easy for those who are up for the challenge.

Granite D.I.Y. Installation Tips

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The first step is, of course, to obtain an accurate measurement. Many experts suggest that the most precise way to get measurements for your fabricator is to fashion a workable template from cardboard, inexpensive plywood or Mylar plastic. The template should fit snugly against the wall before you trace along the run of cabinets. Make sure to measure the exact locations for sink and cook tops.  Specify your requirements and submit the measurements to your fabricator. Then set a day for delivery or pickup.

After you have your counter tops the first step is to dry fit the cut slab to ensure it fits—and aligns—perfectly.

Once the counter tops are flush with the walls, it is time to join the seams—assuming you have multiple slabs. First, tape off all the edges to protect them. Then, join each seam using a color-matched epoxy. (You can purchase this product directly from your granite fabricator.)

Gently tighten the tightening screws until you begin to feel a bit of resistance. Now switch on your auto pump. The tension between the two edges will ensure it remains flush until the epoxy dries.  After about an hour, remove the setter. You can use a small straight edge razor to shave away any excess epoxy.

Now it is time to secure the stone to the wood cabinets. Rest assured, the weight of the counter tops is nearly enough weight to hold them in place, but it helps to adhere a small bead of caulk along the underside of the counter tops where they meet the counter.

You’re almost done with your granite countertop D.I.Y. project. Simply apply a granite sealant to your brand new counter tops to fully protect the stone.  It is also best to allow everything to dry for a full 24 hours before using the counter tops or placing small kitchen appliances on them.

The counter tops are guaranteed to look stunning. Make sure to reward yourself for all the hard work!