Granite Countertop FAQ’s

Granite countertops can add style and sophistication to your kitchen space. Moreover, it’s a fairly durable material, making it as strong as it is beautiful. However, it helps to know a bit about choosing and installing a granite countertop before you move forward with a particular company or countertop design.  After all, granite countertops vary according to manufacturer, installation company and geographic location. Arizona granite countertops might look a bit different than countertops that you get elsewhere. Consider a few commonly asked questions to ensure that you are fully informed about choosing a granite countertop.

 

How long does installation take?

It depends on the company in question. An Arizona granite company that specializes in countertops might be able to get the job done in just a few days, depending on your existing countertop material and the space in your kitchen. It helps to establish a tentative timeline with your installation company before you start the project, so that you have a clear expectation of the timeline.

 

How many different colors does granite come in for countertop options?

Granite comes in just about every color of the rainbow. For example, if you are doing a southwestern theme, you can choose an Arizona granite countertop in a deep red hue. You can also choose a granite countertop in a cool blue, rich green or even a neutral black, white or tan color. Even if you aren’t using Arizona granite countertops, you can still opt for a colorful material for your kitchen space to jazz it up a bit.

 

How exact should the measurements be when having a granite slab cut?

Your installation company should strive to get the best fit possible.  The size should get to within a quarter of an inch of the size of the space allotted for the countertop. This allows for some extra space to navigate when installing the countertop.

 

Is it necessary to seal the granite upon installation?

If you aren’t sure of whether or not you need to seal the granite, you can do a simple test to find out. Drop some water on the freshly installed countertop; if it beads up, then you don’t have to worry about a sealant. However, if the water simply soaks into the stone, and does so without beading up, then you may actually need to seal the countertop to protect it. Moreover, you need to apply a sealant at least once a year thereafter.