When renovating a kitchen, granite countertops are often an upgrade that homeowners pick to make their kitchen look more attractive. Before you buy any piece of granite, make sure to consider these 3 things to help avoid any problems.

Avoid Getting Granite That Is Too Thin

It may be tempting to save some money on the granite countertops by selecting a thinner piece of stone. You should know that thin granite can lead to potential problems down the road. If granite is thin, it's more likely that the piece will start to crack over the year, which will lead to needing to have the stone repaired or replaced prematurely. You may have to spend money on a thicker piece of granite to get a better quality countertop, but know that it will last much longer because of its size.

Get Hand-Polished Edges

When ordering granite countertops, ask about if the granite's edges will be hand polished. This is because granite is either cut by hand or by a machine, and if it's cut by hand, you'll most likely see edges that are polished much better than if it was machine cut. It's common for machine cut edges to simply have wax applied to them, which will wear down over time and leave you with edges that don't look as nice as the top surface. A hand polished edge will maintain its look much longer, ensuring that your investment looks good for years to come.

Plan For Some Unexpected Costs

It's not enough to budget for the price of just the raw materials and the installation. Selecting a granite countertop could have some unexpected costs associated with them. For example, it's possible that you didn't order the right amount of granite slabs and need to get one more piece. Since granite is a natural stone, it may not be possible to get another piece that matches the exact color and style of the original granite you bought. This could result in needing to return all of your current granite so that you can repurchase the material from the same batch, ensuring that they match. You will then have to pay for additional shipping costs to return the old granite and receive the new slabs.

You should also consider having the granite sealed. The natural stone surface is porous, and an unsealed surface will tend to soak up liquids and oils that get on the surface.

With these tips in mind, work with a kitchen countertop contractor in your area to help with the purchasing and installation.