Granite has a lot of things going for it when it comes to being used for countertops: great resistance to heat damage, natural look, no manufactured seams.
But when it comes to maintenance, you have to put in a little more work to take care of it than you would with a quartz countertop. Why? That wonderful natural look. Granite countertops come from giant slabs of granite cut straight from the ground, no artificial materials added. With quartz, about 7% of the material is actually resin. This is what gives quartz countertops their consistent design.
I'm not saying you'll be slaving for hours and hours to maintain your granite countertop. Far from it. Spraying a sealant on it once or twice a year is all you really need to keep it in good shape. That's not going to be much protection if an anvil falls on it, but there really isn't much you can do about that.
The good folks over at Marble.com actually put together a nice instructional video about how to do it:
When it comes to cleaning your countertop, there's really nothing special to it. Some soap, warm water, and a sponge are about all you really need. Again, Marble.com went through the trouble to put together an instructional video on how to properly clean your granite countertop:
If anybody tells you granite countertops are a pain to take care of, they really don't know what they're talking about. Keeping them clean and in good shape doesn't take much effort. You just have to stay on top of things.
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!
If you've talked to some of your friends or family about getting a granite countertop, some of them may have told you that granite can be radioactive.
And you know what? They're absolutely right.
Granite naturally has some level of radiation. It's a rock literally cut straight out of the earth, which is the biggest source of radiation around. So when your crazy conspiracy-loving aunt starts going off about your granite countertop giving you cancer, don't hyperventilate.
Concerns about granite and radiation crop every few years. What usually happens is someone with too much time on their hands tests a random batch of granite countertops and finds that one has a little more radiation than it ought to. Unfortunately, these people don't have enough time or money to do a comprehensive test to cover granite from all over the world. This tends to skew the data and lead to panic attacks that aren't really justified.
WebMD did a great write up about it a few years back during the last scare. In it, they interviewed David J. Brenner, director of Columbia University's Center for Radiological Research, who said, "The biggest source of radiation within the home in indeed. But it is not radon from countertops, it's radon from the ground."
The other reason radiation from granite shouldn't concern you: surface area. Most kitchens and bathrooms just don't have that much counter space. Even with some radiation being emitted from them, granite countertops just aren't large enough to do any harm.
Bottom line: yes, granite does emit some radiation. Is it enough to be worth worrying about? Not at all.
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