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Buyer’s Guide to Natural Stone Granite Slab Countertops

Beautiful Matching Granite Slabs Whether you’re buying your first home, your forever home, or simply looking to give your home a facelift, picking your countertops is an important decision. Countertops set the tone for your kitchen and bathroom. They’re likely also the most used surface in your home. With so many factors to consider such as quality, price and color, this decision can be daunting. At Imperial Wholesale, we know how much goes into this decision and we want to help you best pick the granite that suits your home. Here is your guide to granite slab countertops, straight from the experts.  

Granite is Mined from a Quarry

The first step of making a granite slab is to mine the raw granite materials out of the earth. Granite slabs are obtained from special sites that are known as quarries. At Imperial Wholesale, we hand select our granite and natural stone from quarries around the globe to provide our customers with the highest quality natural stone at wholesale prices.    

Benefits of Granite

Granite is a durable and long-lasting stone, making it an ideal work surface for any home. There’s a reason so many home owners choose granite – if cared for properly, it’s a timeless and indestructible addition. Granite’s naturally-occurring qualities give it some added benefits such as
  • Heat resistance
  • Variety of color and veining options
  • Stain, scratch and chemical resistance
 

Granite Sizes

At Imperial Wholesale, our stone slabs are generally two centimeters, which is around three-quarters of an inch thick. Depending on the type of granite, the size will vary. Each slab is rectangular shaped at an average of 10 feet by 6 feet. Many of our slabs come in multiple sizes so you can pick which best fit your home. For a better idea of your options, here are five different granite slabs and their available dimensions.  

How Granite is Priced

When choosing stone countertops, price can be a deciding factor. White and green granites tend to be cheaper because they are more readily available and often easier to cut. Red and blue granites are much more expensive due to their rarity. More colorful and detailed patterns will also be more expensive, while granites with less color variation will be cheaper. On average, homeowners spend $50 per square foot, with prices as high as $200 per square foot. This is where buying wholesale pays off. At Imperial Wholesale, our slabs start at $8.99 per square foot, well within many homeowners’ price range.  

Determining the Quality of Granite

As stone countertops rise in popularity, lower quality and manmade granites are flooding the market. You can determine the quality and authenticity of granite by paying attention to a few factors. First, notice the pattern and color of the slab. If parts of the pattern repeat or the slab looks too uniform, that’s usually a dead giveaway that you’re looking at manmade granite. Each piece of real granite is unique and no two slabs should look alike. Additionally, look at the seams. If you notice a seamless flow from one slab to the next, this is likely manmade granite. Lastly, keep in mind that cost is not the best indicator of quality. Different countries sell their stones at different rates, so two slabs of equal quality may vary drastically in price point. As mentioned before, the color of the stone will also determine the price.   Modern Kitchen with a Granite Slab Island.

Matching Granite Slabs to Your Home

While price and quality are important factors to consider, color is equally as important, as it sets the tone for the rest of the home. The stone may look different given factors like your kitchen’s lighting and size so, it is recommended that you pick kitchen cabinets after settling on a specific granite. If you’re picking bathroom countertops, consider your walls or flooring because those elements are more dominant in a bathroom than cabinets. However, if you’re simply opting for a remodel, there are still ways to get the closest possible color match with your existing cabinets and décor.  

Take Samples

Taking a sample of your cabinet finish, floor or wall color with you can be extremely helpful when matching colors. If none of these are viable options, a well-lit picture will do. Once you know what you want to match the granite with, you should consider the look and feel you’re trying to achieve. Some people like to match the veining of their granite with their cabinets. Others opt for a more contrasted look. Pairing a dark granite with a bright colored room can give off a cozy vibe. Adding a white or gold granite to a room with dark cabinets or minimal natural light can brighten up the space. It’s important to consider multiple slabs and how they’ll look in your home before settling on one. Imperial Wholesale is a direct importer of natural stone granite slabs. Due to our warehousing capabilities and direct importing, we can offer our customers the lowest prices available anywhere, every day. Come see why builders, contractors, homeowners, and designers have been shopping with us for more than 40 years. Stop by our Mesa location or call (480) 986-6900 to shop our vast selection of granite slabs and pick the one that’s perfect for your home.