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December 17 2019
Whether you're buying a home or planning a kitchen remodel, the countertops can make a huge impact in this very important space. Before you decide what type of counters you prefer, it's important to learn about the many benefits of natural stone. When you select this type of product, you'll reap a wide array of benefits ranging from striking aesthetics to unmatched durability. Read on to discover why choosing natural stone countertops will make your kitchen more beautiful and functional. Amazing Variety Since all forms of natural stone... Read More
November 06 2019
Granite is one of the most popular types of kitchen countertops. It's also a lot more affordable than many other stone countertop materials.  But that doesn't mean it's cheap.  Before you start shopping, you should know how much granite countertops cost. This will help you find the cheapest granite countertops without sacrificing quality.  We've put together this guide to help you understand the cost of granite and how to save when you're buying your new counter. So let's get started!  How Much Do Granite Countertops Cost? Granite countertops... Read More
September 26 2019
Renovating a kitchen can be exciting. But it can also be expensive! You have your heart set on certain items and hate to pass them up simply because they don’t fit into your budget. Most homeowners have this issue when selecting the material for their countertops. Many want to go with classic granite. After all, this natural stone is beautiful and durable. And, since no two slabs are alike, every granite countertop is totally unique. But, as many homeowners want to choose granite, their budgets can only handle more affordable materials such... Read More
September 12 2019
A kitchen renovation not only helps you fall in love with the space all over again, but it can also significantly raise the value of your home. Just ask any real estate professional, and he or she will tell you, “kitchens sell homes!” When it comes time to choose the material for the countertops, you have different choices available to you. Those on a tight budget may go with a laminate countertop. There are also block wood countertops, stainless steel countertops, and concrete. But not many people will argue that if you want a beautiful and... Read More
December 17 2018
*/ Having granite counter tops is a beautiful addition to your kitchen, and can really transform the space. While a homeowner is replacing the countertops, they also often look at their sink to see if they’d like to keep it or get a new one. That said, most homeowners will update their sink, to match the beauty of their new counter tops. For years, under-mount stainless steel sinks have remained as a staple in kitchens. However, as technologies change and improve, people looking to update their sinks should consider the following factor:... Read More
November 15 2018
*/ People who are about to purchase a granite countertop for their kitchen or bathroom, generally have a common question in mind- How much maintenance will it take to keep my new countertops in a good shape? Granite countertops inherently make answering this question very easy: They are a perfect combination of strength, durability, and toughness, and stay fully resistant to almost all stains, hot pans, liquid, and microbial growths. So in regards to how much maintenance will be required, if you get granite countertops in your kitchen,... Read More
July 20 2016
Granite forms a major part of the Earth’s continental crust.  It comes in many different colors, due to the composition of minerals within the different stones. No two slabs are alike, making each counter-top something completely unique. Granite is an igneous rock formed by the magma of volcanoes. Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world.  In fact, the only thing that is harder than granite is a diamond.  This is what makes granite so sought after as a counter-top. Granite is found all over the world and is one of the most common... Read More
July 02 2016
Igneous rock called granite, a mass composed mostly of silica and aluminum that makes up a large part of the continental crust, and comes in all the colors of the rainbow and signifies majesty and serenity. On the kajillionth day, or thereabouts, we mined that granite and we made countertops. We laid those countertops in kitchens all across the land, in condos and co-ops, in Pittsburgh and Portland. Now that the entire United States has been good and covered, from slab to shining slab, we can take a step back and analyze the age of the granite... Read More
June 16 2016
One frequently asked question is about the struggle to find a sealer for granite countertops that most people feel comfortable using. Is there a suggestion for a green -- or greener -- sealer for this purpose? There are two water-based sealers for polished granite countertops (and other natural stone) whose low concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) should put your mind at ease. The first is Sealer's Choice Gold from Aqua Mix, whose data sheet lists VOC concentrations of less than 0.01 grams per liter. And Universal Stone Sealer... Read More
June 03 2016
Geological Classifications There are three basic classifications for natural stone: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.  Igneous rocks are formed from the solidification of minerals from a molten or partially molten state.  Mineral gases and liquids penetrate into the stone and create crystalline formations with various colors.  Metamorphic rock is formed when heat, pressure or chemical reactions alter sedimentary or igneous rocks.  The change may be a development of a crystalline formation, a texture change or a color change.  Sedimentary... Read More