Those granite slabs you are buying for your Toronto
home are an ideal investment. Continue
reading to find out how the beauty, versatility and durability of granite slabs
increase the value of Toronto homes.
A strong case can be made for the use of granite slabs
in Toronto design projects. It is a remarkably tough stone and surprisingly
versatile in its uses. Granite slabs have huge appeal for kitchen flooring and
other high-traffic areas because of their durability. They are also popular for
bathroom vanities, countertops, backsplashes and fireplace hearths.
The density of the slabs makes for their durability.
Maintenance of granite is not great – it does require periodic resealing. A
gentle weekly cleaning is also going to keep it looking new – if a
thousand-year-old stone can ever look new! Mild soap – not detergent – and even
periodic dry mopping is all that is needed in addition to resealing.
Granite’s durability and beauty means that it will
greatly enhance the resale value of your home.
Rock of Many Colours
Granite is quarried all over the world, and comes in a
wildly diverse array of colours, which makes it easy to complement your
existing home decor. Colours range from Niagara Gold (which is actually
quarried in Africa) to Baha Blue. There are also whites and deep blacks. The
veining and colour within the slabs varies considerably; there can be flecking and
sparkling, which comes to life in the right lighting.
There are six basic colour groups.
- Black granite is a stunning choice for
countertops, especially if set against white walls and steel appliances.
- Azul is popular in kitchens because it
contains beautiful blues, and can be polished to an amazing sheen.
- Gold and coppered granites are more
adventurous and are a little out of the ordinary.
- Green granite contains many supporting
colours that make it a good choice for augmenting the decor of the room.
- Rose granite is rare and runs from pinks
- White granite works well in a room with
little natural light, or dark cabinetry.
Granite is an expensive stone and you must also factor
in the cost of installation. In the case of a countertop, you are going to
require the services of a fabricator to actually cut and prepare the slab for
the exact dimensions of the required surface. The fabricator will work from a
template, cut the slab to the exact dimensions required, polish and edge it,
and add in any other design flourishes you may desire. Some fabricators do the installation
themselves, or work with a partner on that process.
The important thing to bear in mind is that you can’t
install granite yourself. If it is to be used as flooring, your installer will
have to remove existing furniture and perhaps some cabinetry. The old floor
covering will have to be removed and disposed of. A potentially hefty expense
comes next with the preparation of the subfloor. Depending on its condition, it
may have to be removed – or strengthened – as granite is heavy. There are
usually product delivery charges and additional materials that may be required
to complete the installation. The cost of the actual installation of the new
floor is calculated based on square footage.
Finally, your floor of granite slabs is enhancing your