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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, each piece of granite is distinct, so homeowners get... 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 granite has proven to be very durable. You should... 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 treatments and cabinet colors -- to synchronize, take a... 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 samples of the cabinet finish, wall paint, flooring and... 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 with faucets made for granite counters, a higher... 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 support the weight of the sink. 3. Pros: Wipe food... 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 dimension and stained in nearly any color. Thousands... Read More
February 03 2016
As a general rule, an impregnating sealer should be applied to all natural stone. Now, many people misinterpret "general rule" to mean every stone absolutely MUST be sealed and often... not true.... Many types of granite and other stones never need sealing, but confusion abounds regarding this key granite counter top care issue. See your Granite supplier for there recommendations on what sealer to use. Now, How to care for your Granite Counter top: The easiest way to keep your stone looking great is to avoid bad habits that may damage it.... Read More
January 20 2016
Choosing a countertop for your kitchen can be a fun and eye-opening experience, especially when you realize how many incredible choices there are with Granite. Inspiring Colors: Hot red granites swirling with black and gray veins... peaceful blue granites patterned like waves of sand... deep green granites with sparkles of translucent quartz and silvery mica.... These are the works of art that await you, if you're willing to look for them. Traditional Favorites: Looking for something a touch more conventional? You'll find that too. Patterned... Read More
January 05 2016
Can't decide which kitchen counter top surface is the best? Well, that's not surprising given the numerous options including granite, marble, quartz, solid surface, soapstone, stainless steel, ceramic, wood and laminate, so it's tough... Many Myths and marketing messages swirl around the internet often stretching or slanting the truth. The result is conflicting or confusing information about the pros and cons of the various surfaces for kitchen countertops. This is especially true when comparing Silestone vs. granite or Corian vs. granite... Read More