What is more beautiful, more eye-catching, or more appealing than a gorgeous granite counter? So many homeowners today choose to install granite somewhere in their home, most often in the kitchen where it can be admired by all. Granite, in recent years, has become a staple in homes everywhere. Once used by the people of the ancient world, who quarried granite in order to build monuments, temples, and other edifices, it is still a highly sought after stone. Because of granite’s status as a beautiful and quality stone, it has been regarded as a material only for those who can afford its hefty price tag. Yet adding granite into your home does not require an exceptionally high budget — you simply need to consider alternative options. Granite remnants are the perfect solution for those seeking a way to work granite counter tops, vanities, or even decorative accents into a home remodel without bursting their budget. Granite slab remnants are so affordable that any homeowner can take advantage of their beauty and benefits. Granite is a popular choice in home remodels, updates, and upgrades because it is such a versatile and durable material. There are so many different options for this natural stone: color, pattern, thickness, even level of shine. It is that attractiveness that makes it the first option for so many — granite comes in so many beautiful blends of color that it is possible to find a variety that suits any kitchen, any bathroom, any room of the home. From African Lilac to Costa Esmeralda to Gris Quintana to Stoney Creek, thousands of different varieties of granite exist around the world. The natural beauty of each one is unlike any other in the world, as no two slabs or stones of granite are identical. Every single piece features unique striations, differently arranged spots and speckles, and its own individual blend of shades. While one slab of gray and black granite may feature grainy lines of silver, another from the same quarry can exhibit deep, dark lines of black and a soft gray background of crystals. Some varieties of granite, called marble granite, even mimic the swirls and patterns of milky marble — but cost significantly less.
No manmade material can mimic the gorgeousness of granite stone, and the process by which granite is created in its natural environments is impressive as well. The product of volcanic lava and magma, granite slabs begin to form once these incredibly hot liquids cool into a solid rock. Crystals within begin to grow, combining the lava with minerals and growing right into one another to form an interwoven inner structure. These bonded crystals give granite its rock-hard strength — as well as making it one of the hardest materials known on Earth. Although granite initially earned its reputation as the must-have home remodel addition for counters, tables, and backsplashes, it is a stone that needs little upkeep or repair over the years. Granite is notoriously hardy, able to withstand great stress and wear and tear. In fact, if you cut food or other items right upon a granite surface, you will do no damage at all to the stone itself; the cutting implement, however, will grow dull quickly.
As any granite fabricator will mention, granite is resistant to damage and destruction of many kinds. It does not scratch, can withstand greatly high temperatures, and does not chip or dent unless placed under great (and excessive) force. A granite countertop will remain untouched and unmarred when hot pots and baking pans are placed upon its surface, when water or acidic liquids like fruit juices are spilled across it, and unmoving when introduced to exceptionally cold temperatures. If you worry about what will befall your granite after years and years of use within your home, don’t — recall the marble granite, and other forms of granite, that monuments were built from, each of which has stood the test of both extreme weather and the natural elements for decades or centuries. Granite is low maintenance, able to appear shining and perfect with very little care or attention. The granite used in home countertops and other areas is also given an added layer of protection from all of the elements in your home, as today’s granite fabricators seal each slab. Of course, many have the concern that granite is a very expensive upgrade to add into their home. Granite itself is not an inherently expensive material simply because it is difficult to find. In fact, granite is one of the most prevalent minerals and stones created from the Earth itself. Granite has become expensive because it has grown in popularity over the years, becoming an increasingly desired item in every home. Additionally, the price of granite is exceptionally expensive only when a particularly rare or unusual type of the stone is selected. For example, if you love the appearance of a strain of granite found in only one difficult-to-reach mine in the world, the price of your slab will be significantly more expensive than the more common and easy to mine gray and white varieties. If you are worried about the cost of your granite, concerned that the stone you’ve selected will break your budget, you have another option to get the remodel or upgrade you desire: granite slab remnants.
What Remnants Are
If you are searching for a cost effective way to work granite into your home, it’s important to consider granite remnants. A granite slab remnant is a leftover piece of beautiful, natural stone. These leftover pieces are the unneeded inches and feet of granite that did not fit in a previous project. Typically, when a customer purchases the granite variety and slab of their choice, they buy the entire slab to ensure they have as much of the stone as they’ll need. Once the countertop, backsplash, or other item is cut to size by a granite fabricator, there are odd-sized pieces that are not needed. These oddball chunks of granite are the slab remnants — and if the original purchasing customer cannot find a use for them, they are taken back to the shop by the fabricator.
Once granite slab remnants are returned to the fabricator, they can be resold to a new customer for a significantly reduced price. After all, the original purchasing customer paid full price for the entire slab of granite; the fabricator has already made their money from the sale. So, by selling the leftover slab remnants, fabricators and granite salesmen are able to make even more, while also passing along savings to new customers with different needs. When you choose granite remnants, you receive the exact same beauty, style, and exotic appearance as a larger slab of granite — but at a much lower price that suits any budget. You can invest in your home, or other DIY projects, and give them an expensive look without spending full price.
Remnants are quite different than large, oversized slabs of marble granite, however. While a typical slab can cover a great deal of counter space, perhaps even allowing a homeowner to create countertops in both the kitchen and a bathroom, remnants are much smaller. Most often, fabricators and granite retailers have oddly shaped pieces for sale, and purchasers must get creative in order to utilize them at home. Of course, some fabricators offer large granite slab remnants — it may take longer to find the size remnant you seek, but if you shop effortlessly, you may be able to find a cut remnant big enough to cover your counter, vanity, or even table. For other innovative and unique uses of granite remnants, try the tips below.
Apply Remnants as Individual Tiles
Who says granite can only be used in large slabs, or as a single, unbroken piece of stone? Although the most common choice for homeowners is to use just one smooth and seamless slab to create the project or upgrade they desire, this is not the only way to work granite into your home. In fact, you can take the smaller remnants that you find at various fabricator shops and turn them into tiles of granite. Have your fabricator cut the differently sized granite slab remnants into even, equally sized squares or rectangles, and have them placed upon your countertop (or backsplash, or even around the fireplace) in straight, even lines with grout in between each. Or, if you’d like to get more creative with your designs, go ahead and have your fabricator cut varying shapes and sizes to create an interesting and intricate pattern wherever you plan to place your granite tiles. You will give your home a beautiful update, and also own a piece of decor unlike anyone else.
Include Granite Remnants in an Overlay
If you aren’t interested in the small bit of extra work that turning granite slab remnants into tiles will take, consider having remnants turned into an overlay. What’s an overlay? Also known as granite veneer, an overlay is a combination of granite, adhesives, and manmade materials like glass. Choose the granite remnants of your liking, and they will be crushed and blended together with items like recycled glass bottles to create a unique overlay for your table top, counter, or backsplash. That’s right — fabricators can take one of nature’s toughest, most difficult to damage stones and grind them into an entirely new product. An overlay fits onto a counter easily, and is often a less thick and weighty “slab” than typical granite items.
No matter how you choose to use your remnants, by turning them into individual tiles or perhaps searching for a cut slab large enough to suit what you need, these leftover pieces of stone are the perfect option for those who seek great granite savings. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to achieve a high-class, stylish home. In fact, you can literally cut corners and apply granite remnants wherever you wish to feature granite throughout your place. Choose to use remnants, and you can achieve the beautiful upgrade, remodel, or even DIY project you’ve been considering — they offer the exact same benefits as more traditional granite slabs, and pass savings on to your wallet.