Granite Flooring For Your Aurora Home– Is It the Perfect Choice?
In a word, no! Granite is not the perfect flooring choice for all situations. If you are
planning on installing granite flooring in your Aurora home, there are two or three
negatives you should first consider.
If you are using granite tiles and want a uniform appearance
to your floor, granite is not the best choice as no piece is the same and it is
nearly impossible to match tiles, line for line. On the other hand, the
originality of each piece of stone means that your finished room will be
visually arresting in its non-conformity!
Granite also requires care. The surface is porous. That
means that, over time, spills can settle and change its appearance. It is
recommended that a sealant be used annually to protect the surface For the
actual daily and weekly cleaning, granite simply requires a clean cloth, warm
water and mild dish or hand soap. In other words – less work than a wood floor!
Finally, there is the price point. Granite flooring – whether in large
pieces or tiles – is expensive. That
also means it retains its value well and increases the resale value of your
The Plus Factors of
Running parallel with those negatives are some of granite's many plus factors
. The high
cost means value-added to your home. And the colour palette of granite is
astonishing. Granite comes from quarries from all over the world, and exists in
a wide range of colour including black, yellow, light pink, brown, green and
red. There are also exotic shades that contain flecks, sparkles and startling
seams and striations that gleam in natural light.
Granite is unbelievably durable, and is resistant to the
kind of extra wear and tear that happens in a busy kitchen or traffic area. The
stone itself has never gone out of style. What was good enough for the pyramid
builders of ancient times is top drawer quality for today's homeowner.
The toughest decision may well be to decide whether to go
with solid granite or tiles
for the floor. Many homeowners are opting for the latter. A blend of materials,
granite tiles are difficult to tell from solid slabs, and come in a full range
of colours, patterns and style. They are less costly, easier to install, but
still have the high quality, durability and low maintenance advantages of the
stone. Granite is bacteria resistant, which is an obvious plus in a kitchen.
And tiles can be replaced, should the kitchen design be reconfigured.
Where to Buy Granite
The yellow pages and internet are jammed with stone
suppliers. But not all stone dealers are
operating at a high level of practical expertise. It's important to bear in
mind that a granite floor
is going to be one of the most costly improvements you will make to your home.
You need a pro. Look for a family-run operation, one that is successfully
competing in a crowded market by offering personalized service. How big is the
dealer's selection? Granite's amazing range must be seen to be believed, so the
dealer should offer you a good selection to choose from – from the classic
colours to the exotics. Whatever variety of granite flooring, your Aurora home will be sure to benefit.