The 4-Day Granite and Quartz Sales Event – 9/6-9/9

The 4-Day Granite and Quartz Sales Event – 9/6-9/9

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Quartz vs. Granite: Which One Comes Out on Top?

Quartz vs. Granite: Which One Comes Out on Top?

[vc_row 0=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Spoiler Alert: Quartz isn’t better than granite, but granite isn’t better than quartz, either. That’s like asking whether red or white wine are better.  Like the best wines, it all comes down to personal taste, and what you are pairing it with. Quartz is the more resilient of the two, but some kitchens don’t look right without the unique colors and flow of granite.  While we won’t be able to tell you which one is right for you, we can definitely help you get closer to making the right choice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column 0=""][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_n9W37McaY&autoplay=1" align="center"][blockquote layout="4"]

Like the best wines, it all comes down to personal taste, and what you are pairing it with.

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Natural Stone Vs Engineered Stone

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which is stronger?
A. Quartz.

Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet; significantly stronger than granite.  However, just because granite isn’t as strong doesn’t mean it’s a wimpy choice either.

Q. Which stone looks better?
A. Well…

We are back to red wine vs white wine.  Quartz looks simpler and has excellent color choices, but every granite countertop is one of a kind.  Granite slabs are known for having a lot of “movement” and variations in its natural color, while quartz tends to be less dramatic in its colorization.  If you are a minimalist that prefers a monochromatic kitchen, go with quartz.  If you want a counter with character that is unique as you are, go with granite, especially if you enjoy a sunlit kitchen. (More on that later…)[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2="Can't decide between the two?" h4="Completely understandable. You should call us." txt_align="center" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click here to get in touch with us." btn_style="outline-custom" btn_outline_custom_color="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_background="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_text="#739dcb" btn_size="sm" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#739dcb" custom_text="#ffffff" btn_link="url:%2Fcontact-us%2F|title:Contact%20Us||"][/vc_cta][vc_column_text]

Q. Which stone is easier to clean?
A. It’s a tie.

Both are easy to clean, but granite is more prone to staining than quartz, since natural stone is porous, and quartz is not.  Warm soap and water will get the job done on either surface.  The better question is…

Q. Which stone is easier to maintain?
A. Quartz.

Quartz wins this one, hands down.  Not to say that granite is a nightmare – you just need to seal it once a year – but quartz requires zero maintenance.  Keep your counters clean, and they will take care of you.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTQBdj9tEG8"][vc_column_text]

Q. Which stone should I use for my outdoor grill/table/decor?
A. Granite.

Granite takes the crown this time.  Quartz will discolor over time in direct sunlight.  Even in your kitchen, you should try to keep the sun away from your counters so they maintain the same look they had when they were first installed.  If you like sunlight, go with granite.

Q. Which stone is more expensive?
A. Here’s the thing…

Quartz used to be more expensive than granite, but things have changed fairly recently.  With advances in technology and production methods, both quartz and granite are now closely priced.  Granted, you may come across some rare exotic slab of granite that was unearthed in a remote Brazilian jungle during a lunar eclipse, but for the most part, the cost is a non-factor.

So, Who Wins?

So what do truly “objective” sources have to say in the debate between granite and quartz? Every year, Consumer Reports puts out an issue that ranks kitchen countertop materials. Quartz and granite are always neck-and-neck.

But as we said in the beginning, the debate comes down to this: what’s the right countertop material for your specific needs, your lifestyle, your design? Do your homework, answer those questions, and then decide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="6109" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" css=".vc_custom_1507220796146{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" link="https://towercountertops.com/meridian-quartz/"][vc_cta h2="Do you think quartz is the choice for you?" h4="(We have a lot of colors choices.)" txt_align="center" shape="square" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click here to see more" btn_style="outline-custom" btn_outline_custom_color="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_background="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_text="#509584" btn_size="sm" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#509584" custom_text="#ffffff" btn_link="url:%2Fmeridian-quartz%2F|title:Meridian%20Quartz||"][/vc_cta][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="6111" img_size="full" onclick="custom_link" css=".vc_custom_1507220818773{margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}" link="https://towercountertops.com/natural-stone/"][vc_cta h2="Do you think granite clearly came out on top?" h4="(We have a lot of these colors, too.)" txt_align="center" shape="square" style="custom" add_button="bottom" btn_title="Click here to see more" btn_style="outline-custom" btn_outline_custom_color="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_background="#ffffff" btn_outline_custom_hover_text="#d37735" btn_size="sm" btn_align="center" btn_button_block="true" custom_background="#d37735" custom_text="#ffffff" btn_link="url:%2Fnatural-stone%2F|title:Natural%20Stone||"][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Comparing Quartz to Solid Surface Countertops: Knowing the Differences

Comparing Quartz to Solid Surface Countertops: Knowing the Differences

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Quartz vs. Solid Surface?

Two popular countertop materials you’ll encounter are quartz and solid surface. Both are manmade materials that have the amazing appearance of natural stone, yet each possesses certain qualities that can affect the longevity and functionality of the countertop. Take a look at the differences between these two materials to decide which one to place in your kitchen.

Solid Surface Countertop Qualities

Solid surface countertops are created by using dust from minerals, such as quartz, that is combined with resins and polymers. When combined with different colors, the surface has a smooth look and matte texture throughout without any variations. The seams nearly disappear into the surface when bonding adhesive is used to give a smooth appearance.

One of the top advantages to solid surface countertops is that they do not have to be sealed to prevent stains. Another advantage to solid surface materials is their strength due to the polymer and mineral dust used throughout the material. Solid surface countertops can be scratched, but the scratches can be sanded out. You should also be careful of placing extremely hot items on the surface as the material can be scorched.

These countertops are priced moderately as costs can range from $35 or more. Once installed correctly by a professional, they can last ten years or more.

Quartz Countertop Qualities

Quartz countertops are manufactured by taking ground quartz and combining it with plastic resin. This engineered material creates a rock-like solid surface. It also has a smooth look, unlike certain natural stone materials that can have varied textures, designs, and colors. The surface is buffed to a smooth, glossy appearance.

Unlike solid countertops, seams are more pronounced on quartz countertops although professional installers can hide them better. A quartz countertop is extremely hard and can withstand scratches. It is virtually maintenance free as it also withstands stains without the need for the surface to be sealed. As with solid surface counters, homeowners should avoid placing hot items on the surface.

Quartz countertops can last for a long time — the life of your home — if taken care of properly. Most manufacturers will offer a 10-year to 15-year warranty. Prices for quartz are more expensive than solid surface countertops as you could pay anywhere from $60 or more.

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Countertop Comparison – Meridian Solid Surface vs. Granite Countertops

Countertop Comparison – Meridian Solid Surface vs. Granite Countertops

If you’ve watched a single episode of any home flipping show on HGTV or DIY Network, you’d think the number one choice in countertops must be granite. And, while granite countertops definitely offer a splendid appearance, the well-known material does have its downfalls.

1. Granite countertops can be stained.

Granite is a porous material, which means if it’s not sealed properly, it can absorb liquids like wine, juice, or oil, which may cause a stain that’s impossible to remove.

2. Granite countertops can harbor bacteria.

Following the same line of thinking as #1, because of its porous nature, granite can harbor bacteria, causing an unsafe environment in your kitchen or bathroom.

3. Granite countertops can chip and crack.

Although it’s a pretty durable material, granite does have the potential to chip or crack if a heavy object is dropped on it. If this does happen, “repairing” granite is not an easy task.

4. Granite is one of the most expensive countertop materials.

Finally, granite isn’t cheap! With per square foot prices that can sometimes push upwards of $100, granite is definitely on the high side when it comes to price.

How Does Meridian Solid Surface® Compare with Granite Countertops?

Meridian Solid Surface is ideally suited for a multitude of residential and commercial applications, including custom countertops, vanity tops, and integral sinks. Known for exceptional beauty, outstanding durability, and design flexibility, Meridian Solid Surface is engineered to be shaped, molded, and fabricated into the surface of your dreams.

1. Meridian Solid Surface is non-porous.

All Meridian Solid Surface products are made from a non-porous, homogeneous blend of resin and natural mineral fillers, making it resistant to stains and the harboring of bacteria. This also makes it extremely easy to clean and maintain using standard household cleaning products.

2. Meridian Solid Surface is stronger than stone.

While granite may be prone to chips and cracks, the engineering process of Meridian Solid Surface makes it practically indestructible. And, even if a scratch did occur, because of its homogeneous makeup, Meridian Solid Surface can be lightly sanded and cleaned up to look good as new.

3. Meridian Solid Surface countertops can be customized to your specific needs.

When engineered, Meridian Solid Surface is in a liquid state, which allows for complete flexibility in the design and layout of a countertop surface. Unique shapes and custom colors (including the appearance of granite!) are easily achieved with Meridian Solid Surface.

4. The cost of Meridian Solid Surface can be as much as half of granite.

Meridian Solid Surface ranges from $40 to $60 per square foot, a fraction of the cost of granite. And, with its durability and flexibility in design, that value becomes even more important.

Meridian Solid Surface offers several advantages over granite countertops; but it’s up to you to decide whether it’s the right choice for your individual situation. If you’re interested in looking deeper into the difference, give us a call at (330) 837-2216. We’d be happy to answer your questions.



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How to Select the Right Countertop Material

How to Select the Right Countertop Material

As you begin planning for your next kitchen or bathroom build or remodel, there are many factors that play a role in the project, such as design, labor, timing, and budget. And, one of the biggest areas is sure to be the question of materials.

Focusing specifically on countertops, we all know we need to look at the expected use of the countertop and the needs of the user. As a result, an imperative question to ask is: what is the right countertop material for this project?

Because there are a plethora of options available, let’s take a deeper dive into countertop material options to be able to best answer.

Natural Stone

Natural stone, such as granite, is heat resistant, long lasting, and durable. Sealing is generally required, as well as regular maintenance, to uphold the appearance through the years. Granite is available in a large variety of colors and patterns giving a custom look to every installation. Because granite is cut into long slabs, there are very few seams. Tower Industries has sophisticated software allowing us to digitally select the placement of seams to keep the look flowing nicely.

Quartz Surfacing

A blend of quartz and added pigments creates quartz surfacing, which has the look and feel of natural stone. Available in a variety of color and texture options, quartz also offers uniformity in color, unlike natural stone. Quartz is heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, and does not require sealing.

Stainless Steel

A modern choice, stainless steel is resistant to heat, bacteria, and stains. The material can be susceptible to dents, which could be difficult to repair. Additionally, very regular cleaning is required, as the surface is susceptible to smudges, streaks, and fingerprints. An analysis of the end user and frequency of use would be best advised when selecting this material, which could work quite well in the appropriate kitchen.

Solid Surface

Available in hundreds of colors, textures, and patterns, solid surface countertops are resistant to stains, scratches, and moisture. Solid surface is durable, repairable, and virtually maintenance free. Any potential scratches can be sanded away. With solid surface countertops, the design possibilities are endless. This beautiful material can be made to resemble stone or concrete, and can be manufactured to create almost any custom countertop imaginable.

Laminate

Made with a thin plastic resin covering plywood, laminate is durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean. The lowest cost option, this material is available in hundreds of colors and patterns, and can be made to mimic stone, metal, and wood. Scratches and cracks, though, cannot be repaired.

Tile

A great-looking option, tile is classy and available in a variety of colors. Unfortunately, the installation is more complex due to grouting, and regular maintenance is required with re-grouting, deep cleaning, and sealants. Tile is also susceptible to chips, cracks, and staining in the grouting area. An option is to utilize this material in a secondary area, such as the backsplash or on a kitchen island.

Wood

Wood is a natural beauty and is always striking in appearance. The material must be sealed or oiled regularly, though. Wood can also be vulnerable to stains, heat, and moisture, so like tile, might be better suited for a secondary area.

Concrete

Made to resemble natural stone, concrete is available in a variety of colors and is cured and finished to provide a smooth and flat surface. Concrete requires regular maintenance, must be sealed, and is extremely heavy, so is often times saved for projects where the customer specifically requests it.

In the end, the final countertop material decision weighs on the amount of tolerable maintenance by the user in comparison to the desired appearance and durability. All of these materials have pros and cons that must be analyzed, yet solid surface countertops have a tendency to rise to the top of the list. Being virtually maintenance-free, offering many beautiful and custom options, and providing long lasting durability, solid surface is a countertop material that just might solve all needs for your project.

Wondering which material is right for your next project? Contact us today to discuss all the options Tower has to offer!

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How Does Custom Fabrication Work?

How Does Custom Fabrication Work?

Sometimes a project requires standard solid surface, quartz, or granite. Other times, a project might need a completely customized approach. When this is the case, you need to know you’ll get what you want without a lot of hassle. Working with Tower Industries to create a completely custom solution for your specific project is just as easy.

For projects, large or small, custom fabrication is an option to fit your unique requirements when a standard product just won’t do the trick. So how does custom fabrication work? Let’s cover the Who, When, What, and How of custom fabrication.

Who

Custom fabrication services are offered to provide surfacing for those who may have already selected a brand or color of product that Tower Industries does not regularly stock. Generally, architects, designers, general contractors, and construction managers tend to be our largest customers in this area, though homeowners have been known to utilize custom fabrication services, as well.

When

For commercial projects, in particular, products and colors are typically selected before the bid stage with little opportunity to change those particulars after-the-fact. By offering custom fabrication services, we are able to provide the desired product to architects and designers, regardless of whether the product is in stock or not. In other words, whatever the product or unique specifications, Tower Industries will work with our customers to provide the needed custom solution.

What

You asked for it; you got it! At Tower Industries, we will do whatever it takes to provide the products that our customers request. Sometimes challenges do exist, but we will work with you to meet the ultimate needs of your project.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific materials offered.

  • We are able to provide most brands and color choices of Solid Surface, including Corian, Hanex, Avonite, Formica Solid Surface, LG Hi-Macs, Staron, as well as many other national brands.
  • In need of quartz countertops instead? We can provide almost any brand or color of Quartz, including Caesarstone, Silestone, Hanstone, LG Viatera, Zodiaq, and many other national brands.
  • Regarding granite, Tower Industries can offer any color; and, given enough lead-time, we can special-order slabs in custom sizes, directly from the quarry. Custom granite countertops do have a tendency to become fairly expensive, but regardless of color selection, we will be able to obtain the material for your project!

Even different thicknesses of quartz and granite may be available, such as a 2cm thickness instead of the standard 3cm. In this area, though, supply can be inconsistent, as not all colors are available in alternate thicknesses, or might not be readily available in the immediate or nearby market.

Custom edge profiles are available in both stone and solid surface. It’s important to note stone costs are increased when using a custom profile as a result of the diamond bits required. Solid surface custom edge profiles, in contrast, use carbide router bits typically used for woodworking, which are easier to obtain.

Although custom fabrication services tend to be geared towards large volumes of similar products, for such projects as countertops for hotels or hospitals, we can absolutely produce individual countertops in unusual shapes or with out-of-the-box details.

How

So, how does this work exactly? Tower Industries’ state-of-the-art digital fabrication offers the precision of CNC and waterjet technology for stone fabrication, and the accuracy of CNC technology for solid surface. Better yet, we will consult with any architect or designer who needs additional information regarding the best fabrication techniques to achieve the desired design.

The bottom line is this: Tower Industries will work with project planners to create a custom solution that will meet the specific needs of your project. Our custom fabrication capabilities include designing, producing, and manufacturing just about anything your project requires.

Whether your project requires solid surface, quartz, or granite, sometimes a completely custom approach is necessary. Our Custom Fabrication capabilities mean we can design, produce, and manufacture just about anything you need. From custom edge profiles to unique logo inlays, we can help bring your vision to life. Contact us and let’s discuss how our custom fabrication services can help

 

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Granite Countertops: The Five Easy Steps to Your Project

Granite Countertops: The Five Easy Steps to Your Project

As most contractors can relate, complexities exist within any building project, particularly with an undertaking involving a new build or remodel of a kitchen or bathroom. Architects and builders might fantasize about the offering of a menu of options, quick customizable selections, and an easy ordering, design, and installation process.

Well, dreams do come true. At Tower Industries, we offer a simple process to allow ease in ordering, outlining, and installing an item quite imperative to a kitchen or bathroom project: the granite or custom countertop.

1. Selection

We live in a multiple-choice world. Consequently, with Tower Industries, selecting the look of the countertop might present one of the only challenges to the designer, as a plethora of options are available. A beautiful array of colors and designs exist in a standard offering, plus an even larger opportunity for appearance with custom countertop options. From swirls of black and white to coffees, greens, and golds, to pearls and crystals, the combinations and colors are virtually endless with granite, and Tower Industries offers the full assortment.

2. Extras

In addition to the beautiful color selections, granite countertop backsplash choices and edging profiles are equally important. To complete the overall appearance of the project, choose from a standard edge, such as square, waterfall, or bullnose; or move up to more deluxe options with beveled or chiseled edges for the countertop. After selecting the color, design, edge profile, you are ready to go with the next steps of your plan.

3. Design

Now, on to the fun part! Once the look of your project is solidified, and colors and extras have been chosen, Tower Industries will move forward with creating a template of the specifications required. In other words, we visit your site, take measurements, review basic design sketches, and then create a detailed template of the exact requirements for your granite or custom countertop plan.

4. Confirmation

Are we ready to go? The super-easy part is that once the designers or architects review the final template of the project, and provide approval, Tower Industries will accept the green light to move forward. Any changes? No problem. Redesign is expected. Approved changes will be incorporated in the custom countertop project. Once we receive final approval, we will execute the manufacturing of the final product design as promised.

5. Installation

It’s on! Once all approvals have occurred, and manufacturing is complete, the easiest part to an architect or builder’s project is the day of the granite or custom countertop installation. Tower Industries is the complete solution for any kitchen or bathroom project. Our certified and highly experienced installers install your beautiful, new countertop. We offer, supply, deliver, and install only the best for your project.

If your project involves granite countertops, working with Tower Industries is a no-brainer. We offer a simple solution from beginning to end. From gorgeous style options, to designing a template, to no-fuss installation, we present and deliver a quality product and design to keep your projects flowing as smoothly as possible.

If you’re working on a project with granite countertops, or any custom countertops, contact us here and let’s discuss how we can help.

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Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops

Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops

Rising in popularity in recent years, quartz surfacing just might be giving the ever-popular granite a run for its money when it comes to countertop materials. As architects and builders have moved from using laminate to utilizing more luxurious options, granite has become one of the top selections in projects ranging from home remodels to hospitals, universities, hotels, and even restaurants.

Lately, though, quartz surfacing has started to rise as a preferred option for new building or remodeling projects. Let’s look at everything you need to know about quartz countertops.

Quartz Defined

Although made of natural stone, quartz countertops are often referred to as engineered stone because the material is made in a manufacturing process that is comprised of 90-95% pure natural quartz, with the remaining portions comprised of polymer resins and pigments. The resulting material, though not exactly 100 percent, is still quite natural.

Application

Quartz surfacing can be utilized and installed in larger slabs, allowing expanded applications beyond countertops, such as backsplashes and shower enclosures. Additionally, because quartz countertops are manufactured, custom countertops and other customizable solutions are always available.

Built Tough

An amazingly positive feature of quartz surfacing is that the material is highly durable. Virtually indestructible, quartz countertops resist stains from cooking and cleaning products and stands strong against scratches and cracks. Quartz surfacing is so resilient it is considered even more durable and longer lasting than granite. The only downside here is that quartz surfacing cannot withstand heat over 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so a hot pad or trivet is recommended. Quartz countertops can be priced higher than other options, but considering the long life of the product, the expense is often justified.

Low Maintenance

Making the decision to install quartz countertops is a very practical option because once the installation occurs, the architect or builder can walk away knowing the use and life of the material will be essentially worry-free for the end-user. Quartz surfacing does not require sealing or resealing, and the material is incredibly easy to clean. Only warm, soapy water and a cloth are required. And due to the product’s non-porousness, quartz countertops are and will remain 99.9% free of bacteria and mold.

Beautiful

In addition to the powerful physical qualities that quartz has to offer, the material is also beautiful in appearance. Quartz is available in a seemingly endless array of color and pattern options not always available in granite. Colors can vary from bright shades to earthy tones; finishes range from glossy sheen to matte, and the surface can offer a natural stone appearance to resemble granite or even marble.

Depending on the manufacturing of the quartz, the material might have a glassy or metallic flecked appearance if produced using coarsely ground quartz, while a smoother appearance will emerge when the quartz is finely ground. Also, the colors and patterns are uniform throughout the slabs and remain intact for many years. Quartz countertops can sometimes display seams, so you’ll want to work with your manufacturer to get the right slab for your project. One last thing to consider is that the material can lose color if exposed to sunlight for an extended amount of time. Installing quartz countertops indoors is the recommended option.

So, let’s recap.

A product that is low-maintenance and tough, but still offers beauty and plenty of color options? While seemingly impossible, quartz surfacing does provide all of these crucial aspects to a commercial or residential project. As a result, utilizing quartz countertops is increasingly becoming a popular option for architects and builders.

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Dekton: Ultracompact Surface for Homeowners or Commercial Applications

Dekton: Ultracompact Surface for Homeowners or Commercial Applications

For decades, at the beginning of any kitchen or bathroom project, designers and architects have debated the multitude of materials available, from quartz countertops to concrete to solid surface solutions. In very recent times, however, a new product has been added to the list of options: a product called Dekton.

What exactly is Dekton and what are some of the advantages to using this material? Let’s take a closer look.

Dekton Described

Made from a combination of glass, porcelain, and quartz, Dekton is created and manufactured by the company, Cosentino. In an attempt to create the ultimate countertop material, Cosentino developed a proprietary process called “Sinterized Particle Technology,” to alter the state of natural stone.
Imagine the condition of stone after being exposed to extremely high heat and pressure for thousands of years. The resulting creation would be Dekton, a product designed to be ultra-compact and the most durable material available today.

Dekton Benefits

Designed for a wide range of applications, including bathroom shower wall panels, kitchen countertops, exterior building cladding, as well as many other commercial applications, Dekton excels in a variety of areas, including:

  • Heat and Fire Resistance: The product is capable of withstanding the impact of high heat that would be found by placing scorching hot pans on its surface. Even the use of a blowtorch will not damage this surface.
  • Scratch, Abrasion, and Stain Resistance: More compact and harder than even quartz surfacing, Dekton is able to survive cuts and scratches without needing repair. If the product was used in a flooring application, the abrasive damage normally caused by heavy activity would not be a problem. Additionally, Dekton is completely resistant to stain damage normally caused by kitchen spills, such as wine or coffee, as well as chemicals, like nail polish remover or bleach.
  • UV, Ice, and Thawing Resistance: Dekton can be utilized in outdoor countertop solutions in locations ranging from exceedingly hot and sunny to exceptionally cold and icy. Environments with extreme climates do not affect or damage the product. No fading or cracking with Dekton!
  • Non-Porous: Similar to quartz countertops, Dekton is non-porous, making it mold and mildew resistant and very easy to clean.
  • Appearance: The controlled manufacturing process used to create Dekton allows for color consistency throughout the product and from slab to slab. And, it offers multiple color options, including looks designed to mimic wood, concrete, and natural stone, including the veining look found in marble. Check out the Dekton images in our photo gallery.

This ultra-modern, latest and greatest invention could transform kitchen, bathroom, and commercial designs by offering solutions to several common problems. Dekton is designed to be the toughest and most durable product on the market today.

Capable of surviving blowtorches, hot pans, cutting board mistakes, sun rays, icy storms, mildew, and mold, all while looking good and offering a large selection of color options, Dekton just might be the architects’ and designers’ dream solution.

Want to learn more about Dekton? Call us today at 330-837-2216 or contact us here to discuss your needs.

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5 Steps to Choosing the Right Countertop Solution

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Countertop Solution

As general contractors and commercial builders know, there are many decisions that must be made before final designs for commercial or residential kitchen projects are approved and finalized.  From the structure and layout, to the countertops, cabinets, floors, and ceilings, builders and contractors are responsible for making the right decisions for the project.

Let’s look at the steps you should take when choosing the right countertops for your next project.

1. Look at Appearance

An extremely important consideration in the countertop selection process is the look and feel.  The contractor needs to take into consideration the matching or blending of the design with the overall appearance of the kitchen, making sure to account for the types and colors of neighboring appliances and cabinets.

Fortunately, there are a multitude of options, including:

  • Granite: A natural product offering a variety of shades with unique designs.
  • Quartz: A manufactured product that provides the look and feel of stone without the ongoing maintenance of granite
  • Marble: Offering an elegant look, also with a variety of colors and patterns.
  • Solid Surface: Available in countless colors and patterns that can mimic the look of granite, quartz, wood, or other natural materials.
  • Concrete: Offering many colors with the ability to mimic the look of other materials.
  • Wood and Stainless Steel: Providing very distinctive designs.

2. Consider Utility

You’ll need to consider the end-user’s lifestyle and predicted use to ensure an appropriate countertop is selected.  Heavily used kitchens, for instance, will need countertops that can withstand daily wear and tear, while still maintaining its original appearance for years to come. Tile can be challenging because the countertop surface is inherently uneven. Stainless steel, while offering a very sleek appearance, quickly gathers fingerprints and is often loud with the clinking of pans or plates against the surface.  With naturally stronger composition, materials such as quartz, or solid surface countertops will often hold up better in more highly used areas.

3. Estimate Time to Install

The time required for installation is another imperative step in the countertop selection process, as some materials will take longer to install. Concrete requires longer installation time due to concrete curing requirements.  Tile involves more time for grouting and the setting of the tiles. Cultured marble, solid surface, quartz, and granite countertops, on the other hand, are designed for easier installation processes and requires less time.

4. Ensure Durability

While making countertop selection decisions for a quality project, contractors need to consider the whole picture.  Which countertops will stand the test of time and offer durability for the end-user? Which countertops will require the least amount of maintenance?  Granite, quartz, and solid surface countertops offer durability and simple maintenance, while laminate is prone to burns and scratches, and tile needs regular re-grouting.

Make sure your choice is in line with the desired maintenance and expected ongoing costs.

5. Stick to the Budget

With most projects, the overall cost is just as important as appearance. Keeping your expenses within budget is a vital step in the countertop selection process. Be sure to consider the cost of the countertop material as well as the cost of installation.  More lengthy installations, as mentioned above, will require more labor time, thus increasing costs.  A countertop with an overall lower cost and less complex installation, such as a solid surface countertop, can help maintain a controllable budget.

At the end of the day, careful consideration of all aspects of the design and installation of countertops must be considered.  Builders and contractors need to consider the steps involved when choosing the appropriate countertop for the project: the appearance desired, the intended use, installation time, durability of the product, and overall costs associated with each.

Not sure if solid surface countertops are right for your project? Call us today at 330-837-2216, or contact us here to discuss your needs.

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Quartz or Solid Surface Countertops: Which Is Right For Your Project?

Since you’ve been searching for the perfect countertop for your project, you might still be scratching your head when it comes to choosing between quartz and solid surface countertops. Although both offer great value, their differences are distinct. While quartz competes more closely with granite and solid surface countertops with laminate, both materials are more durable and affordable than their competitors.

Keep reading to learn about quartz and solid surface countertops, and their pros and cons to help you decide which would be best for your project.

Quartz Countertops

Created using 93-95% crushed quartz with the remaining 5-7% being natural pigments and resin binders, quartz countertops offer a solution to your project that provides the look and feel of granite without the regular maintenance. Exceeded in toughness and durability only by diamond, sapphire, and topaz, natural quartz won’t scratch and is highly durable.

Quartz countertops provide a smooth, non-porous surface with a shiny finish. Additionally, these countertops are heat resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 400°F without a problem.

Pros of Quartz Countertops

  • Highly durable and scratch-resistant.
  • Non-porous and very sanitary. Quartz countertops won’t carry bacteria and are easily cleaned. They are also stain resistant so juices or wines won’t threaten your countertop.
  • Abundant color and pattern options to meet the individual buyer’s desires.
  • Heat resistant up to 400°F.

Cons of Quartz Countertops

  • More expensive than solid surface. These countertops cost about $70-75 per square foot and higher, depending on the color and brand. Prices can vary so always shop around.
  • Seams in quartz countertops will be seen and felt, which can build up dirt and debris.

 

Solid Surface Countertops

Created from acrylic and/or polyester resins, solid surface countertops are man-made and are a much more durable countertop than its biggest competitor, laminate. Although solid surface countertops can chip and get scratched, any minor damages are easily repaired.

The solid surface countertop is typically uniform in color and pattern and is supplied with a matte finish. These countertops offer an affordable and attractive solution to homeowners.

Pros of Solid Surface Countertops

  • Virtually maintenance free.
  • The surface appears seamless
  • Durable and sanitary.
  • Minor damage or scratches can be easily serviced and fixed.
  • More affordable per square foot than quartz countertops.
  • An abundance of color choices.

Cons of Solid Surface Countertops

  • Not 100% scratch-resistant.
  • Doesn’t stand up as well to extremely high temperatures.

By examining the pros and cons of both quartz and solid surface countertops, you will be able to make a better decision for your unique project. Both quartz and solid surface countertops are excellent choices for homeowners and have the durability to bring you and your family years of enjoyment.

Which type of countertop do you think would work best for you? Call us today at 330-837-2216, or contact us here to discuss your needs.

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Quartz Countertops: Pros and Cons

When it comes to countertops, granite is the champion. MSN reported in 2012 that a whopping 75% of new kitchens included granite countertops. But if granite is the champion, the #1 challenger has to be quartz and for good reason. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of quartz countertops.

Quartz has been manufactured for countertops since the 1960s, largely in Europe. It was only after the turn of the century that quartz, and granite, began to catch on here in America. Engineered quartz has a 5% market share in the U.S. and a 9% share of the Canadian countertop market according to JPMorgan. Globally, engineered quartz has grown roughly 16% per year over the last decade. Here are a few reasons why:

Pros:

Color and texture choices. Quartz, the mineral, is the second most abundant underground material on Earth and makes up 93-95% of quartz countertops. The remaining 5-7% of a quartz countertop is a combination of natural pigments and resinous binders, which can be manipulated to produce the precise color or custom look individual buyers want. Also, unlike a natural granite countertop that can vary in color and pattern even within the same slab, the manufacturing of quartz countertops makes it much more likely that the color and pattern will be a consistent match throughout the slab.

Durability. Did you know quartz rates higher on the hardness scale than granite? It is exceedingly scratch resistant, and it’s difficult to chip or crack — even if you tried to.

Non-Porous. This is an important feature in favor of quartz. Non-porous surfaces are stain resistant so juices, vinegar, oil, wine, and other stain-inducing items won’t pose a problem on your countertop. Non-porous surfaces also won’t carry bacteria, so you are assured your quartz kitchen or bathroom countertops are clean and hygienic after washing with just soap and water.

Virtually no maintenance. Quartz never requires sealing, buffing or polishing. Ever. Warm soap and water is all you’ll ever need to clean your quartz countertops, whereas granite tops will require a polish, reseal, or even a recondition in order to retain its new shine look.

Cons:

Potential damage. Any countertop can be chipped or cracked with excessive force, and quartz is no exception. While quartz is heat resistant, surfaces can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, as well as direct sustained heat applied to it. The use of a hot pad or trivet is always recommended.

Price. Quartz is still one of the most expensive options out there, similar to the cost of granite. It can cost as much as $70-75 per square foot. It is recommended that you shop around before settling on a price for quartz countertops, as prices do vary and deals can be had.

Quartz countertops have similar features and as strong a record of performance as granite countertops. Why not look to quartz before going granite

 

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Custom Countertops: Tips To Get The Style You Want

The great American chef Mario Batali once said, “The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.” A home’s kitchen is a reflection of a family itself, and there can be no more impactful decision on the look and feel of a kitchen than the countertops. Consider custom countertops to ensure your kitchen is a match for your family’s lifestyle.

Countertops command the eye’s attention and dictate the overall environment kitchen. Choosing the countertop style for your kitchen is a very personal, and permanent decision.

Follow these important tips, and make what can be an overwhelming decision more manageable.

Tip 1: Decide on what sort of kitchen you want.

Is the kitchen of your dreams elegant? Do you desire magnificent countertops, high-end furniture, and state-of-the-art appliances? Do you envision preparing exotic foods for upscale dinner parties? If so, then consider the more upscale countertops like marble or granite.

If you want the focus to be on practicality and convenience, consider stainless steel or solid surface. Both of these options are easy to clean and impossible to stain – there’s a reason why they’re used in so many professional kitchens!

Perhaps you’re aiming for a homier look, where people immediately feel at ease. Your kitchen might be where food is prepared, but it’s also where important conversations take place between family and friends. If so, then a warm colored quartz or granite top might work well.

And if you desire a hip, modern look to your kitchen, then your countertop material is perhaps less important than the color or style. A contemporary feel can be achieved with dark colored granite, quartz, tile, or solid surface counters.

 

Tip 2: Consider what already exists in your kitchen.

Unless you’re completely renovating your kitchen soup to nuts, you need to consider how your countertops will match the existing space. New custom countertops can be transformative, but the style and colors must mesh well with the existing appliances, cabinets, furniture, and light fixtures.

Take multiple pictures of your kitchen and bring them to the store or your designer so you can be sure the color scheme and style will match.

 

Tip 3: Stay practical.

Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each material before making your final choice. For example, stainless steel brings a professional look to any kitchen, but it scratches fairly easily (bad for bacteria!) and can dent. Butcher-block counters provide extra cutting space, but require biannual sanding and oiling. Marble is gorgeous, but can be stained by lemon, vinegar, wine, and other common cooking materials. Want low maintenance? Make quartz your go-to surface.

 

Tip 4: Determine your budget and shop around.

Carefully measure the square footage of your counter space. Countertop materials are sold by the square foot and prices can vary dramatically, so it’s worth a little legwork to compare prices.

Choosing custom countertops can help ensure a kitchen makeover meets all your practical and aesthetic desires. Follow our four tips, and you’re on your way to having the kitchen you and your family have always wanted!

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Not Granite! The Best Alternative to Granite Countertops

As recently as 2012, granite countertops were being installed in 75% of new kitchens. Granite has been the king of the countertops for years, but there are plenty of durable, aesthetic, and practical alternatives to granite to consider before you make your choice.

Some factors to consider when choosing a countertop material include aesthetics, practicality, durability, price, and how it will match the current layout and makeup of your kitchen. Below, in no particular order, are three solid alternatives to granite that may be the better choice for you and your family.

Solid Surface

There are few, if any, more versatile countertop materials than solid surface. A durable option, solid surface countertops can be customized for color, pattern, edging, and anything else you can dream up. Perhaps a backsplash or striking color will provide the look you want – even if it’s a stone pattern that looks like granite! Scratches or abrasions can be repaired so as to be virtually undetectable, and seams are fused together to make them inconspicuous.

 

Natural Stone

If you seek a stone-look, granite is not the only option on the market. Soapstone and slate are also options for a smooth, contemporary feel. Soapstone is among the most durable stones being used for countertops today. It will not stain, and it easily stands up to hot pots and pans – you can set them directly on the stone without worry — and its natural veining gives it a classic but contemporary feel.

Similar to soapstone, slate requires little maintenance, if any. While it typically comes in a matte sheen, it can be easily made to look wet. Any scratches are easily buffed out, and the price is right: as low as $100 per square foot.

 

Quartz

If granite is king, there are signs that quartz is beginning to storm the castle. Widely regarded as more durable than granite, quartz requires virtually no maintenance and never needs to be sealed. A beautiful, polished stone-look, quartz can enliven a kitchen, while also being a practical choice. Install quartz, and never worry about your countertops again. Quartz typically retails for $100 – $150 per square foot.

 

These are just three of the many alternatives to granite out there, so before you demand granite for your kitchen project, be sure to examine all your options!

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