Book-Matching Granite Countertops
Imagine seeing a picture in a room that is crooked or off center. It’s something that you just want to fix right away as the unevenness is racking at your brain. Yes it can be mildly irritating, but it can also be easily fixed so you’re not likely to pull out your hair over it.
But what about something that you wouldn’t be able to fix with just a simple readjustment? If your granite countertops are installed and not matched up, it’s something that can slowly eat away at you, especially because the only way to fix it would be re-fabrication and possibly even buying all new materials.
This is where the importance of book matching your countertops comes into play with your project.
So what exactly is book-matching?
Book-matched granite, simply explained, are slabs that are near identical to one another. This is achieved when a block of natural stone is processed and cut into multiple slabs, laid side-by-side for polishing and then bundled together in the same order at the end of the processing line. The book-matched slabs are the ones that were right next to each other, thus achieving an almost mirror image of one another. When done effectively, book-matched slabs can even look like abstract art or a Rorschach test.
When would I need to Book-match?
Since book-matching is referring to two slabs having a consistent look with one another, if your project requires more than one slab then you can certainly benefit from looking into book-matched slabs. In most cases, large island countertop projects, showers, and even feature walls that requires two slabs is when book-matching can or should be done.
It can also depend on the type of granite you have that will determine if book-matching would benefit your project. For example, this user from a Houzz forum showed a picture a granite that was fabricated without book-matching.
As you can see, this particular style of granite makes it more difficult for mixing and matching to achieve a consistent look, and it just doesn’t look as good as it could have. The user even said it was the first thing he noticed when walking into the room. So to avoid a blunder such as this, book-matching could have easily solved the issue.
With more basic granite slabs, like New Caledonia, you are more likely to get away with not book-matching where as exotic stones, like Sedna Magma, would be much more obvious and have a clashing look.
What does this mean for my project?
Going back to the crooked picture example, book-matching your granite is critical to achieving a consistent look and even flow. It would look as if a puzzle had pieces forced together in the wrong spots, with the goal being to simply finish the project rather than worrying what the finished product would look like.
Is Book-matching mandatory to my project?
Of course not! It’s just another tactic to ensure optimal flow and consistency within a project. Book-matching for project consistency is one of those things where you wouldn’t notice it unless someone pointed it out to you, so the option to book-match is just that: an option.
However, take into account that larger projects and more exotic pieces might benefit more from book-matching, so always keep that in mind when selecting your granite, quartzite or marble countertops.
Asking your fabricator or countertop store if they can book-match your materials will benefit your project but won’t take away from it if you can’t, either. Take a look at our gallery page to see some examples of local fabricators installation projects with consistent and unified patterns.