Published at Wednesday, May 10th 2017. by Fanetta Guichard in Countertops.
Granite is the most expensive countertop material available today. Its installation requires new cabinetry to be placed as a part of the entire kitchen makeover. This substantially increases the cost of installation. Moreover, granite slabs have to be selected, matched, cut, polished, sealed and installed with little room for error.
Corbels are an excellent option if you are looking for a solid support for heavy countertops like those made from granite. However, when it comes to choosing the best corbels for granite countertops, there are a lot of things to consider.
Corbels (or consoles) are like support brackets that are fixed into a wall or any architectural fitting in order to hold or support the superincumbent weight. Corbelling is an ancient technique which has been used since the Neolithic times. However, it became popular during the Medieval era in various architectural forms like Chinese architecture and the Scottish baronial style.
Granite countertops have to be sealed on a yearly basis to maintain their shine and luster. Neglecting sealing on a regular basis can cause the granite countertop to become cloudy and stained. Kitchen sinks have to be carefully purchased, because replacing the sink installed in-between the granite countertop will prove expensive, as it will require the removal of the entire granite slab.
When acidic solutions used as ingredients in daily cooking, like orange juice, lemon juice, wine, coffee, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, etc., are brought in contact with the granite countertop, the surface can become dull or even etched. The expensive granite you invested in, can lose its sparkle and shine. As far as possible, to minimize the damage, clean spills right away.
Wooden, metal, marble, and polyurethane are most sought after when it comes to durability and strong support for granite countertops as well as kitchen islands. Selection of the best type of corbels for your countertops depends upon the kitchen decoration theme as well as the colors of the countertops. Granite is available in colors like black, white, red, green, and blue.
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