Dos and Don’ts New Granite Countertops

Thinking About New Stone Countertops?
New granite, marble, or quartz countertops are a relatively quick update for your kitchen.  In fact, many realtors advise that you not put your home on the market until you have replaced your old “builder” countertops.  Be sure to heed these Dos and Don’ts as you go thru the process of upgrading your counters”

DON’T select your new stone from a small sample.  Insist on seeing and selecting the slab(s) that will be installed in your home.

DO consider quartz.  Quartz never needs to be sealed, and is much more heat and stain resistant than granite or marble. 

DON’T select your stone without also selecting you backsplash at the same time.  A general rule is that if you want an elaborate backsplash, choose a quartz or a granite with very little movement.  If you want a countertop with dramatic veining, then select a simple backsplash, for example, solid colored subway tile.

DO make sure you understand where the seams will be in your installation.  A lower estimate may be installing the granite in more pieces.  Most clients will spend a little more money to minimize the seams and be strategic about the locations.

DON’T wait to replace your appliances after you do your countertops.  Each slab is template for your current appliances, and if you plan on changing your sink, stove, etc. you will need to know exactly what you are getting so your countertops can be templated correctly. 

DO understand the waste factor that is unavoidable.  On average, 30% of each granite slab is discarded as waste.

DON’T select marble if you are a messy cook or have a very active kitchen.  Marble is more porous than granite or quartz, and it is also softer so it doesn’t hold up as well to wear and tear.  Marble is also more prone to stains than granite or quartz.

It’s That Time AgainMohawk Anniversary Month has just kicked off!  This great annual sale arrives at the right time to get your new floors installed before the holidays.  You can also take advantage of Interest Free til January 2018 financing----that’s 28 months!  Plus this is an “equal payments” plan, so you do not having to worry about having a balance at the end.

Mohawk has a nice variety of carpet stylings at 50% off for the sale.  Some of our favorites are:

Chaco Canyon:  This 55 ounce, textured carpet features Wear-Dated Soft Touch nylon.  This premium soft yarn creates an irresistibly soft carpet perfect for any room.  This amazingly comfortable carpet is available in 16 soft neutral colors and 4 berber fleck colorations featuring accent yarns which create a natural earth tone effect. 

Ursa Major:  This amazing carpet provides the perfect balance of silky softness, bulky plushness and extraordinary value.  Made using SmartStrand Silk Forever Clean, this carpet has three times the fiber of ordinary soft carpets.  The 18 attractive colors will remain beautiful due to SmartStrand Silk Forever Clean built-in stain resistance.

Freedom Ridge:  This beautifully patterned carpet provides a contemporary, sophisticated style to dress up any room.  The random block pattern is the boldest design available as part of a three-style collection featuring 24 warm to neutral color tones.  Each beautiful pattern is made with attention to detail using the highest quality Wear-Dated Soft Touch nylon yarn.

Visionary Cove:  One of our best-selling patterned carpets creates a clean, universally appealing visual which makes this the perfect pattern carpet for use throughout the house.  The subtle loop and cut design is part of a three-style collection featuring 24 warm to neutral colors.  Each beautiful pattern is made with attention to detail using the highest quality Wear-Dated Soft Touch nylon yarn.

Baldwin Landing:  This high bulk heavy carpet is an incredible value featuring 12 natural colors and six accent berbers with organic earth tone yarns.  This traditional texture provides deep, plush comfort and is made with SmartStrand Forever Clean; the toughest, easiest to clean carpet on the planet.