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GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

Granite countertops, created by nature and fashioned by modern technology, are an investment homeowners will never regret. With deep iridescent colors, granite offers that elusive one-of-a-kind beauty created only in nature. As a result, granite countertops add character and warmth to kitchens, baths and other areas of the home with a richness that cannot be duplicated in synthetic materials.
Available finish options:
Polished finish: glossy surface that reflects light
Honed finish: a satin-smooth surface with relatively little light reflection
Care & Maintenance
Granite countertops can add style, beauty and value to your home, but with them come some responsibility.
Formed deep down in the earth from magma that has been cooled, granite is most commonly mined or quarried from Brazil, the United States, Italy, India and China. Other than slicing it into slabs and polishing, it is a natural stone that has been unaltered, leaving it a very porous surface. For sanitary reasons, this can be of concern when considering granite for your home. Here are some tips on keeping your granite countertop free of stains and bacteria.
1. Apply a sealer annually. Sealing granite is something you, the homeowner, can do. It usually involves applying a sealer, waiting 20 minutes or so, and then wiping it off—much like waxing a car. There are many products on the market.
2. Clean spills immediately. Liquids that sit too long can still penetrate the seal and stain or even etch your granite. Common kitchen items such as lemon juice, lime juice, tomato juice, red wine, soda, vinegar, salad dressings, marinades, and raw meat juice should be wiped up immediately to prevent stains and bacteria from entering your countertop. If you tend to keep a tidy kitchen, you’ll probably be fine.
3. Use of coasters, trivets and hot mats. To avoid common stains, get into the habit of using coasters under drinks. If you leave a bottle of cooking oil on your countertop, the use of a coaster can help prevent a permanent oil ring. Although your granite can probably handle the heat of sitting hot pots directly on the surface, the sealant you use probably can’t handle the heat and you’ll want to re-seal that area more often than just annually, or use a trivet or hot mat.
4. Use of cutting boards. Even though granite does not scratch as easily as laminate (Formica) or acrylic solid surface (Corian), repeated cutting and chopping can dull the appearance, it will wear away at your seal, and will probably dull your knives. Cutting boards are simple and safe.
5. Clean with mild soap and water. Unless you are using a product specifically labeled for cleaning granite, mild dish soap and water work best. Be aware that too much soap can cause a buildup of residue and can dull the finish. Be sure to rinse your countertops thoroughly. Avoid using products containing ammonia, bleach, lemon juice, vinegar or other cleaners containing acid. Avoid using abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers. Acidic products and chemicals can permanently damage your granite.
With proper care, granite countertops can last a lifetime. For some people, the look and feel of natural stone outweighs the maintenance issues. Others might prefer lower-maintenance, non-porous options such as laminates, acrylic solid surface, or quartz countertops.

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

Quartz countertops are made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, they are arguably the most durable option for kitchens. Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing—ever. Quartz countertops also very durable but they cannot be considered indestructible either. They are stain-resistant as well, so spilling wine or salad dressings on them simply requires a quick clean up.
They're also some of the most eye-catching. They come in a wide variety of colors, including colbalt blue and lime green, as well as tans, browns, blacks, and creams, with metalic flecks and veining for the look of granite or marble. But unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. They were once available only with a polished finish; now you can get one with a honed, sandblasted, or embossed treatment. So if it's the look of matte limestone, textured slate, or glossy granite that you want, there's a quartz countertop for you.
Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94 percent), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. These stones offer a virtually no-maintenance material solution for countertops. The resins also help make these counters stain and scratch resistant—and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. Compare that with granite, the reigning king of high-end countertops, which typically requires a new protective top coat at least once a year.
Below are the list of Quartz and Engineered Stones that we are certified fabricators for.  Please click on the logo to read about each individual product.
Quartz Countertops – Care & Maintenance
Clean Up Spills Right Away—Before They Can Dry                    
Even though Quartz surfaces resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables, you’ll want to wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible
 
It's low-maintenance.
Unlike natural stone or wood, it never needs to be sealed. Just wipe with soapy water for daily upkeep. Surface stains can be removed with a gentle cleansing scrub. Avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals that could break down the bonds between the quartz and resins.
Just Use Water and a Paper Towel
 
Do Not Use Bleach
Avoid using cleaners that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer’s use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products
 
Avoid High-pH Cleaners
Casual exposure to alkaline solutions, such as diluted bleach, will not damage quartz surfaces. Highly alkaline (high pH) cleaners, such as oven cleaners and concentrated bleach, are not recommended.
 
Permanent Markers
Keep permanent markers and inks away from your countertops. Should these agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined above in Routine Care. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone®, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.
 
Keep Solvents and Powerful Chemicals Off the Counter
Avoid exposing quartz surfaces to strong chemicals and solvents, especially paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Keep nail polish remover, bleach, bluing, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from yourquartz countertops.
 
Dealing with More Difficult Spills and Materials
Materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint) are especially tenacious. Remove these by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.
 
It's anti-microbial.

Resin binders make quartz counters nonporous, so stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew can't penetrate the surface
 
It can't take extreme heat.
Quartz counters are heat and scorch resistant, but only up to a point. Most manufacturers say their products can handle up to 400 degrees F, but a sudden change in temperature or sustained heat from a pan left on the counter may cause the surface to crack. To be safe, always use a trivet or a hot pad.
 
Cutting Boards and Trivets
Quartz surfaces are heat- and scratch-resistant, but not heat- and scratch-proof.  Use trivets or pads with hot pots, and always use a cutting board. Never chop or slice food directly on your countertops.
 
It can't weather outdoor use.

Install it outdoors in an uncovered area, and you’ll void the warranty. Direct sun beating down on it day after day can cause colors to fade or the countertop to warp or split over time. Currently, none of the major manufacturers offers an outdoor-approved quartz counter.

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