Minimalist kitchens have been making a major surge recently. Simple styles, limited colors, flat planes, and minimal ornamentation describe this recent trend. "Simple and clean" is a common refrain. Interior Designer sees "quiet" kitchen colors gaining in popularity. Many kitchens are becoming almost spa-like in their color schemes. The color trend as somewhat "beachy": Pale blues, greens, grays, whites, creams, tans and buffs are the colors that home owners have been asking for the most.
One important feature of marble and granite is that they are not perfect. This gives the appearance of “Movement” that can greatly add to the beauty for countertops and other surfaces.
The samples you see on the picture have been scanned and saved with digital software. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in monitors and software compression. Also, granite is a natural material with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.
A countertop installation is usually completed in a few hours depending on the size of your job. We always take care and are very careful in the removal of countertops, backsplashes and in our installations. However, we cannot guarantee that you will not have paint, stain or patch repair to woodwork, walls or trim. The customer should be prepared to make touch ups once the countertops are installed.
The installation of granite countertops and splashes may require that the installer trim the granite at the installation site to ensure the best possible fit, some dust and noise are expected. Our installer will tidy up the working area when they finish, the customer should be prepared to do the final cleaning after the completion.
The granite for the cut-outs is generally destroyed in the process of creating the sink cut-out. Large diameter drills are used together with diagonal saw cuts to remove the cut-out.
Quartz has the strength of granite. It needs no sealing, is mold and mildew resistant. These counter tops also have a more uniform appearance across the span of the surface. The surface of Quartz is pretty durable, but it is not indestructible. It is resistant to stains from wine, food coloring and similar food products. However, harsh chemicals (like drain cleaners and floor strippers) and extended exposure to high heat can damage the surface.
The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. As with Granite and Marble, a seam is visible, however with darker colors is its less noticeable. A small, uniform grain) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain. A dark color will be less apparent than a light color. A dramatic pattern with swaths of color will show more seams than a uniform pattern. Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.
In general, No. however, is porous to some extent, but Granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show. Only a few colors demonstrate this trait.
When cleaning up those messes and spills, it’s important to use cleaners specially formulated for stone. To avoid staining – wipe up any spills quickly so they do not have time to penetrate. Do not leave bottles of oil on the counter. Acidic items like red wine, tomatoes, lemon juice and also any oils are the most common culprit of staining. As granite is one of the hardest most durable materials available for countertops, most will not scratch when used as a cutting surface, but it will dull knives. With any other natural stones, use of a cutting board is recommended.
Our granite has a sealer applied at the factory; granite does not stain. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Because of the porous nature of the natural stone surfaces, they must be sealed to protect them. We provide the sealing on all of our natural stone counter tops for you before we install them. Additionally, a sealant must be re-applied about every three years.