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Are you considering updating your kitchen or bath with granite countertops?

If your next home improvement project involves updating your kitchen you may be considering granite countertops. Granite is an excellent choice for those looking for a more durable and modern countertop option. Not only is granite more eco-friendly than quartz it also emits less carbon and radon. Here are seven tips to consider when shopping for granite countertops in 2022:

Tip 1: Determine your remodeling plan

When creating a remodeling plan there are a variety of things to consider. Start by thinking about your budget, what functionality you won’t settle on and what design features are a must-have. We recommend you pick out appliances and determine your plumbing needs prior. This means shopping for your stainless steel fridge or your new dishwasher prior to deciding on a kitchen countertop.

Finding a contractor is also an important part of the process. As a Trade Direct member, you will have access to our network of trusted contractors. When you work with Trade Direct you get a professional design consultation to help you find a custom countertop that is perfect for your home.

Tip 2: Prioritize quality over style or color

Prioritizing quality over style is especially important when considering granite. Quality granite will last longer, better resist stains, and will be easy to clean. Colors and patterns are an important consideration in the process but granite is a beautiful stone countertop that you’ll be sure to find stunning styles so start by only looking at quality products. A great way to shop for granite is by viewing samples in-store to experience the texture and color firsthand.

Another great way to establish what style and color you are looking for are by creating a Pinterest board. Allowing you to brainstorm your favorite looks. We also have a product catalog that features the top countertop brand in the United States that making it easy to browse options before your stop by our Plymouth showroom.

Tip 3: Make sure you get your granite countertops sealed

Making sure your granite is professionally sealed is an important part of ensuring your solid surface countertops stay looking new for years to come. A professional sealant will not only keep your granite looking crisp and clean but it will allow you to worry less about food or stains getting stuck in the surface fibers of these tough stones.

Granite countertops are often chosen over marble countertops because granite is more durable and stain-resistant than marble but in order for granite to reach its’ full durability potential, it must be professionally sealed.

Tip 4: Select a thickness

Next, we recommend putting some thought into what thickness of granite will be best for your home. At this stage of the process, it is important to have your cabinets picked out that way you know what they can hold when it comes to the weight and thickness of your granite countertops. Granite countertops are much heavier than laminate countertops or wood countertops which allows for their impressive durability but also has to be taken into consideration when building your kitchen.

A 3 cm granite will offer better durability as opposed to the 2cm. The 3cm will not require the extra support that the 2cm will require when installing the product on top of cabinets. This is a trickery decision to make. The home improvement professionals at Trade Direct can help you decide what is best for you based on your specific goals.

Tip 5: Get an estimate before making any decisions

Trade Direct offers free project estimates including in-home consultations and measures. This way you have all the pricing upfront and can make a choice that makes sense not only for your home but also for your budget.

Tip 6: Take advantage of financing offers

Higher inflation makes zero-interest offers more desirable and an obvious choice. Interested in learning more about how you can finance your next home improvement project through Trade Direct? Visit our financing page.

Tip 7: Have your granite countertops professionally installed

We love getting excited about home improvement projects and love our DIY customers who get excited about the little details down to what butcher block their kitchen will have. But to install a granite countertop, you need to have the right equipment and experience.

Professional countertop installs will allow for the highest quality and allow for the longest life for the product. Let our professionals take care of the installation and you can relax and enjoy your stunning new countertops.

Choose Trade Direct for your new granite countertops

The highest quality wholesale granite countertops in the Twin Cities visit the Trade Direct showroom in Plymouth, MN. Our home design professionals are happy to share their expert knowledge. They will advise you to make the best granite countertops for your next home improvement project. From design consultation to your in-home measurement to the professional granite installation the team at Trade Direct will be with you.