Granite counts as a favoured building material in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, where custom granite countertops reign supreme. Its beauty evokes the classic styles of antiquity, while its durability stands the test of time.
Granite is a durable and long-lasting stone countertop option. It can be a little pricier than its granite counterpart, the granite tile. Some homeowners often compare granite slabs to granite tiles, but, when doing so, it’s important to consider a few factors before finalizing your decision. Many homeowners often wonder how different they are. For many, the question remains: Are granite slabs better than granite tiles?
The short answer is: It depends. Here’s a look some of the criteria that most homeowners should be looking at.
Let’s get straight to it. Many homeowners opt for granite tiles because they tend to be cheaper by nearly 50%. However, savvy home remodelers don’t just look at the upfront costs; they look at the cost of the whole job. While granite slab countertops may cost more initially, granite tiles may cost more to install in the long run due to the time factor. Granite tile installations may require three times the amount of installation time as granite slab countertops as it is a more labour-intensive process. To avoid being surprised by countertop installation costs, it’s best for homeowners to ask for a bid for both types of materials before making a final decision.
All of this being said, there is one other financial factor to consider when comparing granite tiles and slabs; how much do tiles add to the resale value of your home compared to granite slabs. Generally speaking, if you’re looking to upgrade your countertops with granite stone to increase the value of your home, it might be best to consider granite slabs. They are typically considered a favourable item when it comes time to list your home.
Caring for Granite
The unfortunate thing about granite tile is that it requires grout to remain in place. This means that once the tiles are in place, you’ll need to clean the grout. Often this means that you’ll be required to perform regular maintenance cleaning on the grout to maintain the look of your granite tiles. If this isn’t done on a regular basis, food particles, grit, and other items will take up residence in the grout between the tiles. This is an unpalatable prospect for the kitchen.
Though both types of granite materials require regular resealing (every year to year-and-a-half), the grout between the granite tiles will also require a deep, professional cleaning a couple of times a year in addition to the daily cleanings. On the other hand, it typically only takes some water and a microfiber cloth to get a granite slab countertop clean.
Installation of Granite Tiles and Slabs
It is possible for the ardent DIYer to install tiles with no trouble, but truth be told, many homeowners don’t have the skills to install the tiles. Granite slabs do require a certain amount of expertise to install as well and should only be installed by professional granite installers like the team at Regent Granite. In both cases, it is recommended that homeowners get a helping hand from a professional for these jobs.
Whatever granite option you chose for your kitchen or bathroom countertop, be sure to enlist the help of granite professionals. For more information about custom granite countertops, contact the team at Regent Granite today.