Since your kitchen is the heart of your home and is vital to its look and feel, you want to make sure it is in tip-top shape. When renovating your kitchen, there are many things you want to consider and make sure you pay close attention to, so you avoid any issues and design flaws.

Stone is a popular investment with kitchen renovations because of its durability and beauty. Stone countertops in kitchens were once popular in the 1990s and have since made a comeback and become a very popular design fad. Shopping for stone can be very stressful and overwhelming because there is so much information to know. That’s why we want to create this guide in hopes that it will help you in the process of buying a stone and possibly take some stress off you by answering some of your questions.

Does granite stain easily?

Granite is a very strong and durable stone, which makes it almost impossible to damage. Staining, scratching, and chipping are very hard to do when it comes to granite and most stones. However, you can protect your countertops even more by sealing the surface regularly to add an extra layer of protection.

How do I clean my granite countertops?

Granite is relatively easy to clean with just a little soap and water. There are many different cleaners that you can find specifically for stones and granite which is recommended. You want to stay away from cleaners that aren’t made for stone counters because some cleaners may eat away the sealant and could damage the counters.

How much does the stone cost?

This can range depending on the type of stone you are buying whether its marble, granite, or quartzite. It also depends on the level at which the granite is. Usually, wholesalers carry levels 1-5 and then have a private selection. The cost of your stone may change depending on the location it was mined from. Just a few things to keep in mind when budgeting for your stone.

Is granite easy to install?

Granite or any stone is normally installed by a fabricator. Once the stone is measured and cut to fit counters and appliances, the stone is fitted and secured by the fabricator. We do not recommend that you install your granite countertops yourself to avoid any errors and mistakes.

Do wholesalers normally work with fabricators?

This depends on the company. Here at Granite Liquidators, we work with fabricators to give you the best price for fabrication and installation. Some wholesalers work with fabricators and some don’t so this is something you want to discuss with your supplier. Another reason why this is a good thing to know is that some companies may include the price of fabrication in the price of the stone.

What do the levels of stone mean?

Suppliers and wholesalers will separate their stones by levels 1-5 normally. The lower level means this stone is basic and not as unique when it comes to the pattern and colors. The higher the level means the more unique the color and movement of the stone are. It also means the price increases when you move up a level.

What is the process of buying granite countertops?

The first place to start is by measuring your kitchen and getting an idea of how much stone you will need. Once you have your measurements, you can walk a granite yard to choose a stone that fits your design needs and wants. Once you know your price range, measurements, and stone selection- you get to sit back and relax while the fabricator takes it from there.

Shopping for granite is a long and hard process, full of money talk, measurements, decisions, and questions. We hope this mini-guide to the granite buying process helps you through it all and answers some of the questions that may be running through your head. Of course, you can always call and speak to our stone specialists here at Granite Liquidators and have some of your questions answered. We have educated and knowledgeable specialists who are able to give you all the answers you may need!