Material Variance – Adjusting Your Space

Color Variation

Color Variation

Granite is a natural stone, every piece of which will have variances in color, pattern, and veining. Keep these variances in mind as you look at samples of granite, because the sample will vary from the granite that you order and have installed at your home.

The only way to alleviate this is to go to a showroom and chose the exact slabs of granite you want and have them cut to your specifications. If you choose to place an order, the shade or pattern will have changed, since no two pieces of granite are the same.

Each granite stone will have naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, and pattern. These variations are referred to as movement. They are considered each piece’s natural beauty.

Also, keep in mind that the veining in the granite will be different with each piece, and the veins or lines in the stone can affect the color perception. Sometimes two different grain sizes in the same slab will appear to be different colors, causing patches to appear darker or lighter.

First-time buyers of granite, or those who have not gone into a showroom to look at the actual slabs, may expect the granite ordered to be identical to the sample they were shown. While the samples are intended to closely represent what is available, each slab will have differing variations in color and veining.

Even a single granite slab will have color variations from one end to the other. This lack of predictability gives the product its unique character and brings an element of nature into your home.

Color options are numerous, and it’s usually best to choose a piece that is available locally to decrease the cost. If a slab has to be special ordered, it could be expensive due to the weight and size, and the lead time could be several weeks. In addition, you would likely have to agree to accept the color and markings sight unseen.

Granite slabs are always sold intact then cut to size after purchase. The price includes the cost of transportation, making field measurements and templates, cutting, polishing, delivery, and final installation. The total material required is determined by the layout and the amount of waste.

At Granite Unlimited, we endeavor to make your stone purchase as satisfying and cost-effective as possible. Contact us or visit our showroom for more information.


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