Can a granite slab increase the value of your GTA
home? A great investment, read on to learn a bit about the stone’s history, the
specialist you should buy it from, and how it is installed.
Has a Long History
When you buy your granite slab in the GTA, you are
investing in a stone with a long, historical pedigree. The ancient Red Pyramid
of Egypt was built around 2500 BC and named for the crimson hue of its exposed
granite surfaces. The permanence of the stone made it a popular choice for
memorials; Queen Victoria would elect to be entombed in a granite sarcophagus
at her Frogmore palace.
The Scots – living in an area blessed with granite –
also developed polishing techniques that enabled them to throw curling rocks
down rinks. The durability of granite meant the rocks wouldn't break…
But it was the cutting techniques developed by the
Scots that sparked the big revolution in home design that allowed granite to
become a popular choice for interior decoration, and flooring in particular.
With further advances in cutting and design, it has become a popular choice for
countertops, where its durability and ability to withstand heat and chipping
make it eminently practical.
Granite is expensive; it’s not a purchase you make
lightly. The stone itself will outlast you, and it is important to choose your
granite slabs wisely. You can’t do that at just any dealer or a big box-style
store that sells everything else in addition to stone. Find a local granite
importer and distributer who specializes in the stone. It’s just good logic –
if granite is the company’s chief focus, the whole reputation of their business
relies on giving you the best possible advice and service.
Look for a dealer with decades of experience.
Knowledge of granite has to run deep. And, finally, see how much stock they
carry. Is there enough for you to make an informed decision? You can’t gauge
how your granite slab will look on your countertop from just a small chip. You
need to see the full stone. Do they carry enough of the stone to upgrade the
entire area in question? And what kind of warranties do they offer?
Finally, make sure you have costed the process through
from start to finish. The cost of that granite slab is just the start. You will
need to have it cut and polished, then installed. If it is destined to be used
as flooring, you’ll need to do substantial work on your room, removing moveable
and fixed furniture. There may be problems with the subflooring, or, because
granite is heavy, you may even need to strengthen it.
Role of the Fabricator
After you have chosen your granite slab, you’ll need
to bring a fabricator on board. This is yet another exciting facet of the
purchase of stone. You’ve already had the creative fun of picking out a stone
slab that fits with your décor scheme, now you are introducing a true craftsman
into the mix. The fabricator will cut your slab from a template, and, depending
on its destination, shape or polish it to the dimensions needed. A good
fabricator will be able to enhance the stone in a myriad of ways. Your granite
slab will be transformed and forever enhance your GTA home.