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Advantages of granite countertops

Advantages of granite countertops - HELPFUL INFO

There is something about granite that sets it apart from other stones used for fabricating countertops for kitchens, vanities, fireplaces, and other surfaces in the home or office. You can tell just from looking at granite that it is a high-quality stone. While other materials such as marble, quartz, and onyx have unique qualities, customers still prefer granite for various reasons.

Why granite is a cut above the rest
Even though it costs a little bit more than counters made from other popular materials, granite countertops offer a number of advantages that continue to make it a number one choice.
One of the most important advantages of granite countertops is that they are made from 100% natural stone. Unlike quartz, for example, no resin or other substances are used during the fabrication process. Being natural also makes granite environmentally friendly.
Granite is tough and stands up against wear and tear. The surface does not easily scratch or chip like other countertops. Even if it gets damaged due to a heavy object crashing into it, this stone can be easily repaired and resealed. No one will notice the surface was ever chipped or tarnished.
Wide variety
Granite comes in various grades, cuts, patterns, textures, and colors to choose from. The level of quality and cost depends on the grade. Level 3 granite is one of the finest stones which is sure to add a luxurious appeal to your interiors.
If you’re hoping to create an air of elegance in your home, office, or hotel suite then granite countertops may be your best bet. Not only is it appealing to the eyes, but granite also has a naturally smooth and flawless finish.
Stain and bacteria resistant
When it comes to countertops, customers prefer surfaces that are resistant to spills and stains. Granite surfaces are easy to clean and maintain using the right products. The sealed surface of granite also helps to reduce bacterial contamination.

At The Stone Gallery, we stock different grades of granite to suit your new home or kitchen remodel project. Just call 504-733-5566 for more information or visit our showroom at Harahan, LA.


Countertop Trends of 2018

It can be said that any kitchen is only as good as its countertops. While different people will have different ideas of what is perfect when it comes to countertops, 2018 looks to be a strong year for experimentation and trying new things. The right countertop material can really make a kitchen stand out in all the right ways. This may just be your year to score an upgrade and follow some of these exciting trends.

An Old Classic Gets A New Look- Since the days of classical antiquity, marble has been considered an elegant and luxurious material to build from. However, the emerging style is moving away from the pearly surfaces favored in this ancient architecture and more toward stone that shows a deep contrast between the dark and light veining in the marble. Our Calacatta Arabescato marble is an example of a high-contrast marble that creates an intense modern style from this old classic.

Mix It Up- While most traditional countertops are constructed of a single material, 2018 looks to be a year when more than one material mixed together aims to become more popular. Stone remnants are an example of a mixed material, using leftover cuts from other projects such as granite, quartzite, and marble together on different surfaces to create a single countertop. Combinations of wood and metal may also be used to create different kitchen preparation areas with an ideal surface.

A Sparkling Choice- When you ask anyone what the most popular material for countertops is right now, they are likely to tell you that Quartz is the way to go. Not only does it present as stunningly beautiful but it is one of the most low-maintenance materials available. Its famous durability combined with its stain resistant properties are very practical reasons to choose this for your countertop but don't underestimate its aesthetic virtues including subtle colors and textured finishes.


How to Disinfect Granite Countertops

Granite countertops have a lot going for them, but being easy to clean isn't necessarily one of them. However, with the right preparation and technique, it is possible to be up to the challenge. Today we are looking at the best way to clean and disinfect your beautiful granite countertops.

The separation is in the preparation:
A lot of making your granite countertops easier to clean is how well you prepare them before you use them. It is very important that you make sure that the countertop is sealed properly. Water should bead on its surface, not soak into it. You need to avoid using any abrasive or acidic cleaners because this can damage the seal as well as erode the stone over time. Ammonia and Windex are two examples of common cleaning chemicals to avoid. You should also be gentle with your countertop and avoid the temptation of using its sturdy properties as a cutting board or prep surface.

The right technique:
To start with you will just need a simple clean dishcloth and a basin of warm, soapy water. Mild dish soap is best, and you will not need a lot of it. After you thoroughly soak the dishcloth in the basin, wipe down the countertop surface to completely cover it with suds and wipe away crumbs and spills. After this, wipe away the suds with a second clean dishcloth that has been soaked in clean hot water. Try not to make the water too hot, but the heat will help in disinfecting the surface.

The perfect finish:
When you are drying the surface, do not use a sponge. A microfiber cloth is perfect for drying the surface, but terrycloth is also good for this purpose. Once this is done, you may want to mix together a 50/50 mix of water and isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle to disinfect and help to dissolve any soap residue. Avoid using bleach as this can have ill effects on the coloring of the granite. Gently spray this solution on the affected areas and wipe it away with a clean dish towel.

Enjoy your fully disinfected countertop, and if you need more advice on upgrading your countertops please contact us for a consultation!