granite countertops, counter tops, counters, custom cabinetry, cabinets, kitchen, bathroom, bath, tile, stone, quartz, Toronto, Markham, GTA, Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada

How to Select a Granite Kitchen Countertop

No matter what your style of decor, granite countertops add that special touch of elegance to one of the most used spaces in your home. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right granite countertop for your kitchen.

Find a Reputable Granite Countertop Installation Company

Research the company online and then visit the showroom to see what kind of selection is available. You will want to get an idea of the many different colours and textures you can choose from, so the company should have a variety of full-slab samples available for your perusal. On the company's website, read the customer testimonials regarding granite countertop installations, and if you know anyone who has had their countertops installed by this company, get some feedback. You will want to choose a company that offers excellent customer service from beginning to end, and that completes the work on time and on budget.

Visit Granite Encounters' showroom, where you can view our wide selection of granite countertop colours and patterns.

Match the Granite Countertop to Your Cabinets and Floor

Bring one of your kitchen cabinet doors with you to the showroom so you can hold it up next to several different granite samples and compare. Or, if you are completely revamping your kitchen and are purchasing entirely new kitchen cabinets, bring a sample of your chosen cabinets with you.

Similarly, you will want to make sure your new granite countertops are a good match with your floor. Bring a sample of your existing or new flooring with you to the showroom, because you want to make sure they complement the new kitchen countertops.

If you're in the market for new kitchen cabinetry, Granite Encounters has a wide selection of styles and finishes to choose from, that will suit any home decor, from modern to traditional.

View Granite Slabs Before Making a Final Decision

No two pieces of granite are alike, so chances are that the small sample you view in the showroom is not an absolute representation of what you're going to get throughout a full granite slab. Try to pick at least two or three options, and then ask the granite countertop company to show you several full slabs of your selections, so you can get a better idea of what a full countertop in that particular colour or pattern will look like.

You will want to examine those granite slabs for consistency in colour and pattern throughout, so if they have to be joined together, there is a smooth transition between one piece and the next. Finally, look for any imperfections, cracks, fissures or scratches. Closely examining several slabs should help you narrow down your options to one final selection.

For granite countertop pricing and estimates, you can either call Granite Encounters to book an appointment for a free home visit, or send us a rough outline of your countertop layout with measurements, and we'll send you an estimate within 24 hours.