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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... 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... 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,... Read More
May 18 2016
Granite is one of the strongest, most attractive rocks naturally produced, which makes it valuable to builders and homeowners for a number of interior and exterior applications. Granite is used in projects to provide elegance and quality. One of the most popular uses of granite is for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Homeowners like the combination of durability and aesthetic beauty. Granite withstands a great amount of pressure and force, which means it is difficult to chip or break. Also,... Read More
May 02 2016
Granite Countertops: Granite is a very hard substance and will take normal wear and tear very well. Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the placement of cooking vessels directly from the stove or oven to the counter top without damages. However, we still advise to use of trivets and heating pads. Granite is also scratch resistant. Although, we do not suggest using it as a cutting surface. Over time, repeated use as a cutting surface can dull the knife blade and finish. Nevertheless... Read More
April 20 2016
How to pick a granite color to coordinate with kitchen cabinets. Compare the kitchen cabinetry, flooring and decor before making a granite purchase. Granite comes in various mottled shades that could either work well with your cabinetry or be a total design flop. To avoid an expensive decorating mishap, you’ll want to coordinate not only the two materials but all aspects and features within your kitchen. Because there are endless combinations -- for example, wall color, flooring, window... Read More
April 06 2016
In the past, granite selections were limited to local quarries, but today's homeowner may purchase granite products from around the world. Incorporate this durable product into your home by adding granite countertops. The granite's pattern and color pulls together all the style components of your kitchen. Gather All Materials Making a good selection for countertops requires an eye for detail. Ordering a slab and hoping for the best is an expensive risk. When selecting granite, take color... Read More
March 14 2016
Selecting the best faucet for granite countertops, consider that granite countertop faucets are constructed the same as faucets for other countertop materials. However, the mounting of a faucet in granite is different for both aesthetic and functional reasons.  Typically, you will not find a wide flange to cover industry standard holes in sink rims. With stone tops, properly sized mounting holes are bored into the stone when the tops are fabricated or during installation. What you will find... Read More
March 02 2016
Sink Style: Undermount 1. Distinctive Features: The edge lip of the sink is mounted below a solid surface countertop, so the sink effectively hangs underneath the counter, as opposed to sitting on top of it; creates a continuous flow from countertop into sink. 2. Countertop Compatibility: Best suited for solid surface countertop materials like granite, soapstone, marble, or concrete. NOT well suited for laminate or tile counters, which have too many weak points along seams and grout lines to... Read More
February 16 2016
Bathroom countertopsare available in more shapes and materials than ever before. Modern cutting and fabrication techniques mean that anything is possible, in any size. From good old formica to space-age recycled glass, there is a perfect surface for any bathroom. Granite, the dense rock produced by ancient volcanos, has become one of the preferred substances for countertops. They quarry the rock from a mountain, cut it in the shape you specify, and ship it to you. Granite can be cut in any... Read More