Whether you’re replacing your kitchen counters or installing a new bathroom vanity, granite is an excellent material choice. However, not all slabs are created equal. Before going up for sale, granite receives a rating—low-grade, mid-grade, or high-grade. If you want the most durable, beautiful, long-lasting counters, nothing but the best granite will do. Learn how granite is graded and how to spot high-grade granite from the rest.
Rather than having an industry standard for grading granite quality, manufacturers define different grades using an in-house system. Still, every brand determines granite quality using similar factors, such as the presence of soft minerals, the thickness and cut of the slab, its origin, and its overall appearance.
In general, low-grade granite has the highest porosity with less attractive patterns and more visible imperfections. Mid-grade granite has more clearly defined striations and aesthetically pleasing veining, but only high-grade granite has a flawless surface with the most beautiful, unique colors available.
You want to know that if you opt for a more costly slab of granite, you’re getting what you pay for. Here’s how to check the quality of granite to help you select countertops at a fair price.
Once you secure a high-grade slab of granite, remember—installation matters. Even the best piece of stone could end up looking bad if it’s poorly cut and installed. With United Granite, you can expect nothing less than the best. We have 22 years of experience serving Virginia, Maryland, DC, and New Jersey, with an extensive inventory of natural and engineered stone, along with one of the shortest lead times in the industry. Contact us in Alexandria, Chantilly, or Fredericksburg, VA, or send us an email for more information about selecting and installing granite countertops.