One easy way to add elegance to your home is to invest in natural stone countertops. Stone is a durable material, and each piece is unique.
All natural stone countertops in Utah will have small indentations, microfissures, and other minor characteristics. While some consumers might worry about these imperfections, a more accurate way to look at these small differences in the stone is to see them as "birth marks". Just as people have different marks on their skin, natural stone will have marks. In both cases, these marks add to the uniqueness and beauty of the bearer.
Stone is a strong material, but it can be more fragile than you might suspect. Acids and liquids can stain and damage stone. This means that to keep your countertops in excellent condition, you will need to take some precautions.
1. Clean Up Spills Quickly Just like wood, stone has pores that water and other liquids can seep into. Especially if the liquid is not water (think coffee, tea, juice, or soda) the extra ingredients can stain and damage the stone. So if there is a spill, clean it up quickly by dabbing the spill with a clean dry rag. Wiping the spill can potentially spread the liquid over more of the countertop, exposing more of the stone to the damaging liquid.
2. Use Cutting Boards and Placemats Knives are sharp and designed to penetrate and cut things. This means they will attack your natural stone countertops as surely as they will attack a tomato or chicken. Use a cutting board to protect your counters and your knives. Placemats will protect your dishes and countertops from hitting each other, as well as catching spills.
3. Think about Stone Protection There are many products on the market designed to protect stone from damage and staining. These products work differently depending on what they are made of and how they are applied. Some products cover the top of the stone, blocking other materials from getting in the stone. Others penetrate into the stone, blocking the microscopic channels where the liquids can seep in. Some products are hydrophobic (water-repelling), some are oleophobic (oil-repelling), and some are both. Often, these protection products need to be reapplied on a regular basis. This reapplication is sometimes possible to do on your own, but could require a professional, depending on the product you are using. The need for a protection product will be influenced by the type and frequency of use the stone receives.
Natural stone is a wonderful way to add elegance and beauty to any home. With a little care, it will last for a lifetime.
The signs of spring are unmistakable: the snow begins to melt, robins start to poke around the yard, and the air smells fresher and cleaner. With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take on that Salt Lake kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming about all winter. Remodeling a kitchen is one of the best values in home improvement: after all, it is the nerve center of every Utah home and the one room in the house that gets near-constant use. Here are some Salt Lake kitchen remodel tips for spring that will help you get the work and living center you’ve always wanted.
Tip #1: Countertops
If you only remodel one part of your kitchen this spring, make it the countertops. Everything happens on these kitchen surfaces: from food preparation to storage to kids’ homework; and you want to have countertops that are as durable under all this use as they are beautiful. When it comes to Utah countertops, natural stone continues to rule the industry: homeowners love the look and the strength of the different varieties of these materials, and they add instant class to any style home. So for best value and return on your investment, go with granite, marble, travertine, soapstone, or limestone; and insist on natural-honed products, not factory-made or fired.
Tip #2: Create More Work Space
As long as you’re redoing your countertops, you may want to consider adding more work space. Island work stations continue to be a popular part of any Salt Lake kitchen remodel, but they are more multi-functional than ever. Instead of just installing a plain countertop, consider including a sink or cooking surface for greater ease in food preparation. Of course, depending on the size of your space, you’ll also be able to add more square footage of natural stone surfaces to use for kneading bread, making cookies or carving that turkey!
If you don’t have an all-purpose bar in your kitchen yet, it’s easy to enlarge and transform an existing counter space into something more functional. Today’s kitchens are as much about congregating as they are about cooking. A nice wide counter with coordinating bar stools can act as an extra eating area, homework completion zone, or place to hang out for your teenagers. If you’re going to redo your countertops, you might as well create more useable work space too.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget Storage
Can you ever have “enough” storage in your kitchen? Even if your existing cabinets are still OK, you may want to reorganize their interiors to be more user-friendly. There are plenty of pull-out draw options and other organizers on the market today that are easy to install and can make a huge difference.
For the very best in Utah countertops, make sure to visit with the natural stone professionals at Bedrock Quartz: they will turn your wintertime remodeling dreams into a springtime reality.
If you are a new home builder, remodeler, or condominium and apartment complex developer, you know that the quality of your contractors and sub-contractors can make or break your project. Bedrock Quartz Surfaces, a premier provider of Utah countertops, has earned a reputation for excellence in the building community thanks to their total commitment to providing high quality products and having them ready when they’re needed.
Here are 6 reasons why home builders and Utah kitchen remodeling professionals should choose Bedrock Quartz Surfaces for all their countertop needs.
Visit with the professionals at Bedrock Quartz Surfaces today and see why we are a leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of top-notch Utah countertops.
It’s a New Economy out there: folks everywhere are tightening their belts and living by that old adage: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” But if your kitchen is already worn out and needs help, are there still changes you can make that are affordable? The answer is a resounding YES!
For many homeowners the concept of gutting their whole kitchen and creating an entirely new room has been put on the back burner till the economy starts to upswing again. But there are kitchen remodeling steps you can take right now that will make a huge difference in this all-important room without having to resort to breaking your piggy bank. Here are 5 hot and affordable kitchen remodeling trends for the fall of 2010:
You may not have room in your budget for an entire kitchen make-over right now: but you can help the heart of your home look better, one baby remodeling step at a time! Visit our showroom today to see what’s hot in countertops and utah kitchen remodeling; and we’ll show you how we can help you create some remodeling magic!
Did you know you need about 2 liters of water every day? Your body loses water through sweating, urination, and breathing. So you need to replace the water lost through drinking and eating. You can actually eat about 20% of the water you need each day. But the rest comes from liquids.
Water is a vital nutrient. It helps with many functions in your body, including:
Water makes up about 60-70% of your body. This percentage varies based on age, gender, and weight. Babies have more water in their bodies than adults, and men generally have more water in their bodies (as a percentage) than women do. People with more fat in their bodies also have less water than people with less fatty tissue (so generally, the more in shape you are, the more water you have in your body). This is because fat tissue doesn't hold as much water as lean tissue does.
Because water performs so many vital functions in the body, most people can only go a few days with water. People can function for weeks without food, but even a few hours without adequate water supplies in the body and you will notice the effects. Dehydration is easily remedied with the intake of more fluids, but even mild dehydration is hard on humans. Symptoms of dehydration include:
Often, when you feel thirst, you are already slightly dehydrated. If you continue to ignore the symptoms of dehydration, you can experience hallucinations, convulsions, weak pulse, and rapid breathing. Your skin can also become loose and your eyes will be sunken in. Extreme dehydration can cause kidney and heart failure, both of which can lead to death.
The simple solution to dehydration is most likely already in your home: the sink. This is an easy source of water, so use it. Fill a pitcher or bottle with water and keep in on the counter. Every time you walk past, take a drink. Do the same thing at work. You can get your water needs from other sources, like juice and soda, but some beverages, like alcohol, can actually make you more dehydrated. So drinking water is the best way to meet your body's needs. Plus, you are cutting out the empty calories of soda by drinking plain water. If plain water doesn't appeal to you, add some lemons or limes. There are also products to flavor water. Just make sure you are getting the water you need.
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