Are natural stone countertops, like marble, granite, dolomite, and soapstone, the right choice for your kitchen? Or should you choose the very popular engineered countertops like quartz and quartzite?
With so many options available, it’s no wonder choosing a countertop material can be a daunting decision. No worries… we’re here to help!
The Best Place to Start.
How your countertops look in your kitchen will probably the first thing you think of when trying to choose the best countertops for your family. But, the most critical part of your countertop decision should come from an assessment of how you and your family use your kitchen.
Marble is a high-end natural stone that comes in fewer color patterns than granite. Marble is also relatively soft and porous, so it’s not as stain resistant as granite. However, marble is regarded as a near-perfect work surface for activities like baking or making fresh pasta. Be careful when cutting, though, or marble may show knife scars.
Engineered stone countertops like Quartz comes in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable. Like other hard surface countertop materials, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite or marble. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses.
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Regardless of your decision, the best choice is to see all of your options in person. Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with our experts today. We’d love to show you around our showroom and discuss your options with you. We’ll see you soon!
The backsplash is one of the more visually-prominent details in a kitchen. Kitchen backsplashes are as varied and ranging as the homeowners who select them. They can be anything you want them to be, and you can select what best suits you and your unique style.
The traditional standard backsplash, also called a 4-inch backsplash, uses the same material as your countertops and is installed at the same time. It’s budget-friendly, it’s practical, and it’s versatile in terms of kitchen design. The alternative is a full-height backsplash, which is the type that continues up the wall, usually to the bottom of your cabinets.
Whether you are choosing a 4-inch stone backsplash or full-length unique style, backsplashes can contribute greatly to your new kitchen countertops and design. So lets check out the pros & cons before you decide!
Why do some homeowners prefer a 4-inch backsplash? Here are some of the most common reasons:
- Protect the wall from most splatters or spills, without overwhelming the space.
- The wall space between the top of the backsplash and the bottom of the upper cabinets can be used for small accent pieces, artwork, or paint.
- Using less material on a backsplash will reduce costs.
- Create a clean and uniform look when your backsplash is crafted from the same countertop material
Of course, there’s a downside to even the most classic style of backsplashes. Here are some of the main negatives you may want to consider:
- If it doesn’t match your countertops perfectly, it may look disjointed.
- It may not be high enough to protect your walls from messes.
- If it’s not sealed properly with grout along the top edge, it may allow grease, water, or foods to drip down the wall behind it.
- In some instances, the height of the backsplash can create a more closed-in feeling rather than allowing the eye to naturally rise with an extended backsplash up to the cabinets.
Throughout The Home
The classic 4 in backsplash can be used in other rooms outside of just the kitchen. And for the same outcome of protecting your walls, savings some money and matching your countertops – you may want to consider this for your laundry room, bathroom, or outdoor kitchen – we’d recommend it every time!
Still trying to decide what type of backsplash will look best in your kitchen? Our team is ready to help. Give us a call or stop by our showroom!
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We all love a kitchen with personality and style… and adding contrast and texture within your space doesn’t have to be limited to your fabric or paint choices! Here’s what you should know about choosing the right countertops for your kitchen and why mixing is the design choice for you.
Creating a stunning look with different countertops is a practical way to get the most out of your kitchen. First and foremost, your kitchen is a functional space and so it’s only natural that you make practical choices to maintain that. Before installation, know your kitchen.. where are surface spills most likely to occur? What areas are going to receive the most traffic? What do you love to cook the most and what foods are on top of your countertops?
⇒Heavy Traffic? It’s these areas you’ll want to opt for a countertop material that does double-duty against spills, stains, and moisture. As seen in the image above, Cambria’s Queen Anne Quartz Countertops are a more durable and heat and stain resistant material. It’s the perfect choice for your kitchen countertops.
⇒Heat Resistant? Granite countertops in your kitchen are not only stunning and add an element of luxury to any room – but also help you achieve the look you want and still maintain a practical and hygienic work space. Since Granite Countertops can last a lifetime, contain no harmful chemicals and will not melt or blister when exposed to heat – they may just be the perfect solution next to your oven or workspace.
⇒Baking much? Marble’s naturally cool surface is ideal for keeping dough soft and safe from sticking to the surface (with minimal flour required). If you love to bake, consider a Marble Island or a smaller, marble-topped work zone.
For a consistent and composed look, select a focal point (like your kitchen island), where friends and family gather. This is the place for a more luxurious, showy material to shine. The mix of countertops between the island and the perimeter countertops help blend the entire room together for a shareable and functional space.
Our team is here to help you pick the best countertops for you and your home. Need help visualizing how various materials will look together? Stop by our showroom to mix and match a variety of surfaces —including backsplashes, countertops, cabinets & more.
We look forward to working with you!
Leathered granite is a finish style that has grown in popularity over the past several years. It can be the perfect option for an outdoor application, vanity, or countertop in the kitchen or bathroom.If you are thinking about a stone installation, here are the pros and cons of leathered granite to consider.
Pros of Leathered Granite Countertops
Cons of Leathered Granite Countertops
3. Because of the available texturing, there can be ripples and ridges that make your countertops uneven. Because every slab of this product is slightly different, you may need to shop around for a while to find something that works well in your space for the work that you do.
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Before Continental Granite
After Continental Granite
Grand Entrance: Marble Staircase
Living Room: Quartzite Fireplace
Laundry Room: Dolomite Countertops
Outdoor Ranch: Granite Bar
Poolside Kitchen: Granite Tops
Based upon our experience as a premiere custom granite, quartz and cabinet design, manufacturer and full service installation company, you can trust Continental Granite with every room of your home.
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