Choosing Granite Counters

GRANITE IS EXTREMELY DURABLE

Granite is a great material for heavy-use counter tops. You can cut vegetables directly on the granite without having to worry about scratching or damaging the counter. Granite is resistant to wear and tear and is one of the best stones to use for a worry free kitchen surface. 

GRANITE HAS MANY DIFFERENT FACES

Granite is made up of many different types of crystals. The natural color of the stone will vary quite a bit giving each counter a uniqueness in rich & vibrant color. The most common colors include white, gray, black, pink, and orange. Since Granite is made up of crystals, your counter may have an interesting iridescent effect when viewed at different angles. 

Horneblend & Biotite, Feldspar, Mica & Quartz are some of the beautiful crystals that make up natural granite. 

GRANITE IS GREAT FOR YOUR BUDGET

Some of the most common granite is actually quite affordable due to the abundance of the material. The popular grey and black granite that comes to mind is made from hornblende and biotite crystals.

Granite is available in many different colors and can complement and style kitchen.

Granite can often mimic the look of more expensive stones such as marble & quartzite. Having a different finish on the granite can also change the appearance and give it the characteristics of various natural stones.  

Brooklyn Kitchen Design

We take pride in our roots as a Brooklyn based business, having established friendships and relationships that have grown over the years. 

The folks over at Brooklyn Kitchen Design can turn your 'Dream Kitchen & Bathroom' into a reality.  We've been steadily working with them over the last few years in providing solid stone surfaces and fabrication for their clients. 

Check out a recent project below:

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Visit their website at: www.brooklynkitchendesign.com

All About Quartz Surfaces

Quartz is a manufactured product and a very attractive option when looking for a counter top surface. The manufacturing process allows a wide range of colors. The appearance of finished engineered stone is rich, polished and even luxurious. The finish has a depth that can’t be produced with solid surface materials.

Quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite, but is quite a bit more forgiving. Quartz is not as easily chipped or cracked as many natural stones. Although it doesn’t have the same hardness in feel that some people find less appealing.

Like other hard surfaces, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite and marble. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. You can always be confident that you are getting your quartz countertop absolutely clean, and that’s a great benefit in both the kitchen and the bathroom.

How To Clean Marble Countertops

What You Need

Equipment
Warm water
Gentle, non-abrasive dish soap
Spray bottle
Dish cloth or cleaning rag
Soft, absorbent towel

Instructions

  1. Mix warm water and gentle dish soap: Fill a spray bottle with warm water and add about a tablespoon of gentle, non-abrasive dish soap. Don't use anything with acid or lemon juice. Shake gently to mix the soap and water.
  2. Spray the counter with the dish soap solution: Spray the countertop lightly with the warm dish soap solution.
  3. Wipe with a hot, wet dish cloth: Wipe the soapy water off the counter with a wet dish cloth.
  4. Dry with an absorbent towel: Rub the countertop dry and buff with a soft, absorbent towel.

Counter Top Material Info

Sandro wall and counter at Bloomingdales NYC

We love giving our customers something they can be proud to show off. At the Sandro shop inside Bloomingdales we recently had the opportunity to install a fabulous piece of White Beauty Stone as their counter and back wall. The stone is cut from bookend pieces to ensure a perfect pattern match throughout the wall and wrapped around the counters. 

Below is the back wall and shelves made of Navona Travertine.