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How do I Choose the Best Granite Vanity Tops?

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While a new vanity can drastically alter the look of a room, choosing exactly which vanity top is right can be a very challenging process. In order to achieve the best results, a number of considerations must be evaluated. Typically, those who are considering a granite vanity top must first determine what size will be best. Next, the individual features of the vanity top must also be determined. Finally, when choosing a vanity top, homeowners must set a budget and stick to it. This budget should include not only the cost of the vanity top, but also labor costs associated with installation.

One of the most important decisions when choosing a granite vanity top is deciding what size vanity will be best. If an existing vanity top is already in place, an accurate measurement can easily be taken in order to determine the correct size. However, if the granite top is intended for a new vanity, the measurement process may be more challenging. Typically, when measuring an existing vanity top, it is better to err on the side of caution. Vanities that are too large for the existing space are often better than those which are too small: a vanity top that is larger than the available space can always be trimmed down, while a small one may look conspicuously tiny.

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When choosing between various granite vanity tops, it is also important to consider the basin type. While some granite vanity tops may come with double basins, they are typically more common in the single basin form. When replacing an existing basin, a granite vanity top that is of a similar style and size will usually provide the best results. Though completely different granite vanity tops can be chosen, they typically require significant plumbing changes, which can be quite expensive.

Another one of the most important steps when choosing a granite vanity top involves setting a budget. As with other household projects, setting a budget for a new vanity top can be very difficult, due to the wide range of considerations related to the project. The quality of granite used in the top can significantly alter the price of the project. In addition, unless the homeowner is a skilled plumber, the cost of installing a new granite vanity top will include both the actual cost of the granite plus labor fees. For best results, a skilled laborer who is experienced in both plumbing and stonework should be considered for the project.

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