More than just countertops
It’s easy to assume that granite is only used for a few things, and most people associate granite with kitchen countertops. While this is certainly granite’s most popular form, granite can provide its same long-lasting and naturally gorgeous qualities to lots of other spaces.
If your porch is in need of a completely new look, granite pillars are a stunning option for turning an older porch into a brand new place to show off the style and look of a house.
Similar to pillars, a granite post can bring a lot of life to a simple part of the home or yard—like a mailbox or a lamp. Plus, because granite is incredibly strong and durable, it’s a great option for a light, a mailbox, or something else that may be outside and susceptible to weather and other forces of nature.
The idea of a completely granite fence might sound excessive, but using granite posts as a part of the fence— maybe even the pillars of the main gate—is a great and unique way to use this natural stone.
Granite works well as a flooring material just as it works well for countertops and tabletops—utilizing it as a durable tile surface in a bathroom or laundry room can work beautifully and be quite functional as well.
Fireplaces and Mantle Tops
This is a great way to use granite to showcase an aspect of your home that hasn’t been noticed before. Plus, since granite conducts heat well and can withstand it, it’s the perfect material for fireplaces. The unique uses for granite are limitless.
Click here for tips on granite maintenance
The right cut for you
When choosing the right granite for your home, there’s also typically a second aspect of the granite that you’ll have to consider, and that’s the variety of granite edge profiles. This may seem like a small decision after landing on the type of countertop you’d like, but it is a decision that can affect things like cleaning, upgrades and even the safety of those in your home (especially children). Below you’ll find a few of the common cuts for granite edges.
This is your standard straight edge for a countertop. It doesn’t require much in terms of upgrades, but it is sharp—which is something to keep in mind.
This is a granite edge that creates a completely curved edge, eliminating the potentially dangerous sharp corner of a flat edge. This leads to a smooth curved surface around the top and bottom edges of your countertops.
The radius edge looks a lot like the bullnose except the bottom edge is still flat. So, you get the smooth curve on the top and a straight edge on the bottom.
An eased edge essentially just ‘eases’ the edges of a flat cut—it’s not as rounded as a full bullnose and still maintains its rectangular edges, they are just slightly curved and eased out.
These are a few of the basic cuts you might come across when choosing between granite edges, and there are a few others that are more complex. These are all considered “custom” edges, and there’s a reverse bevel, a ¼ bevel, an ogee, and a cove.
Click here for more granite possibilities