2 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Granite Samples 2 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Granite Samples

Using granite samples to lay out a future countertop is a great way to calculate the area of material needed, get an idea of how it will look, and experiment with different color schemes. Granite countertops are among the most elegant and durable available, and it's an investment that will pay off in terms of home value. Be careful, however, not to make these mistakes with samples of granite tile:

Assuming Each Tile Will Match the Sample Exactly

Granite is a natural material formed in random patterns. That's part of its charm. Thus, each tile possesses its own character and variation. No reputable retailer will sell you a set of tiles with blatantly mismatched pieces, but keep in mind there can be color and pattern fluctuations within a single slab of granite.

Miscalculating Number of Tiles Needed

One of the reasons to utilize granite tile samples is to determine how many pieces you'll need to complete a countertop. A big mistake is miscalculating the area. If you underestimate, there's no guarantee the retailer will have more tiles in your chosen pattern. Don't forget to factor in the back splash and edging along with the top surface tile. As a general rule, always round up when figuring the number of tiles. It's helpful to have 10 percent more tile than you need, to compensate for breakage or slight miscalculations.



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