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Commercial Granite Countertops: Will they Work for your Business?

Commercial Granite CountertopsContemplating commercial granite countertops for your commercial space? As a business owner, you understand the extreme use of business environments can show their affects more quickly, so to avoid a repeat performance of your remodel, you’ll need to select a surface that can meet these demands with minimal maintenance. Does such a thing exist?

Granite slabs top the list of most durable surfaces for commercial projects, including:

·        Office rest rooms

·        Retail venues

·        Restaurants

·        Hotels

·        Healthcare

·        Schools

How does granite stack up against other commercial kitchen countertop solutions?

Commercial Granite CountertopsPros: Varying greatly in price depending on grade and pattern, commercial granite countertops offerelegance and utility even in the hard-use environment of commercial kitchens. Heat and stain resistant, granite’s surface requires only annual sealing. Seams are minimal courtesy of large slab sizes, and color variety is vast, with no two slabs alike.

Cons: Due to its naturally porous nature, granite may not be compatible with certain healthcare and food uses. Be certain to consult industry best practices regarding food contact and disinfection protocols prior to purchase.

Quartz

Pros: Commercial quartz countertops are strong, offering stain and scratch resistance, but less resistance to heat than granite. More uniform in appearance than natural stone, quartz offers versatility and customization due to its larger slab sizes. Easy to maintain, it requires no sealing, and its non-porous surface is resistant to the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria.

Cons: Slightly more in price thanother solid surface options, quartz’s food service capabilities vary greatly by manufacturer, from NSF Nonfood to Food Zone compliant. Verifying compatibility prior to purchase is advised.

Concrete

Pros: Concrete is durable and versatile. Like granite, it offers heat and stain resistance, but requires annual sealing.

Cons: Curing requirements greatly extend installation times. Non-structural hairline fissures naturally develop over time. Sealers can be easily scratched or wear off over time, offering little to no protection. Food safe, low-VOC sealers are available, but can be easily compromised by heat. Cutting/chopping on its surface is also not recommended.

Laminate

Pros: Inexpensive and fast to install, laminates have greatly improved over time.

Cons: Laminate counters are still primarily a sheet of laminate placed over a particleboard substrate, which makes them prone to heat damage, delamination, and water damage – which cannot be repaired – making its already lower-quality appearance look worn rather quickly.

Whether you need a small piece of granite or a quarry’s worth of slabs,Granite Imports has the resources you need to create stunning results that will stand the test of time.Contact us or stop by an one of our three warehouses and discover how to transform your business with commercial granite countertops today.

Quartz Countertops Are Taking-On Granite: 7 Reasons They May Conquer Your Kitchen

 Grey and White Quartz countertopsGranite’s beauty and durability have made it a top choice in kitchen design for years, however quartz countertops, a relative newcomer, are now taking the American market by storm. Why are home buyers, contractors and renovators, and even designers migrating over to this manmade countertop option?

7 Main Reasons Quartz Countertops are Conquering Kitchens:

  1. A match made in heaven.
    Quartz countertops offer a wider variety of colors and looks, from those that mimic granite and other natural stones to designs that are more uniform in appearance – all of which can be easily color-matched to your design scheme.
  2. The ability to go BIG in your home.
    Brown Bathroom Quartz countertopsIn keeping with today’s large kitchen island trend, oversized quartz slabs are far easier to come by than larger single pieces of natural granite, making the task of tackling expansive countertops far simpler – and less expensive. Seaming slabs together is also much easier, courtesy of quartz’s color matching capabilities.
  3. No fuss, no muss care.
    Like granite, quartz’s non-porous surface is mold, mildew, and bacteria resistant, requiring only a soap and water wash.
  4. No pain from stains.
    Quartz countertops easily ward off stains such as juice, wine, and other oily and acidic substances that can effect granite if left to sit for too long. White counters – game on!
  5. Feel the burn….
    Though quartz is not compatible with direct sunlight exposure, both countertop options offer similar levels of heat and scratch resistance.
  6. Budget friendliness.
    While lower grades of granite can be less expensive than quartz, when it comes to exotic granite slabs and other premium natural stones such as marble, quartz countertops typically offer more bang for the buck.
  7. Mother Earth-approved.
    Though quartz is manmade, it is Greenguard approved and can offer a more environmentally friendly alternative than granite, especially when compared to quarried stones which have been transported from far-off regions rather than nearby locales.

Our Experts Offer Quartz Countertops and More!

Not convinced about quartz countertops? Whatever your needs, our friendly and knowledgeable professionals can help you find the perfect kitchen countertop solution. Contact us or stop by your area Granite Imports showroom today.

Will Granite Counters in Denver Go Out of Style?

Concerned about making a big investment in granite counters for fear 10 or 20 years down the road your kitchen will look dated? You won’t be the first to overthink a kitchen update. An extremely durable surface that is known laugh in the face of daily wear-and-tear from Egypt’s Great Pyramids to the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, you can rest assured no one­ will giggle at your granite counters in the near or distant future.

­­Granite Counters Bring Natural Charisma to Denver Homes
Granite Counters in Denver Homes  The natural surface of granite counters won’t become dated. Why? Unlike trendy countertop materials, which follow yearly trends, new granite slabs are unearthed daily, each one unique and finite in its availability as it is quarried. Colors and patterns hit the market as they are unearthed in varying quantities, some never to be seen again, making each slab of granite more akin to a limited edition art piece than this season’s tile and wall color favorites.

Assure Stylish Longevity with Granite Countertops

That being said, putting a little forethought into the selection of your granite counters can help you avoid current and future design blunders. To ensure a look that lasts, focus on a creating a beautiful space with a classic style over simply jumping on the latest trend bandwagon. Opt for a design you love, keeping in mind how changing things like wall color and appliances down the road will affect the feel of your kitchen and the look of your stone. This design approach will ensure a kitchen design that will remain relevant for years to come.

A classic choice
Granite Countertops SampleGranite counter styles that are tried and true, or “classic,” are where it’s at for kitchen design. This space is the one place in your home you want to be very careful about trendy choices (think 70s avocado green and 90s country pink). What trends have staying power?

  • Classic white
    You can’t go wrong with white. Clean and fresh, it’s not just a top choice for cabinets – layering on white: white cabinets, white backsplashes, and white granite countertops – is a tried and true combination that goes with everything and will never go out of style.
  • Neutral gray
    Sleek and sophisticated, gray color schemes, though tricky, offer color and depth in a flexible package. For a cool feel, pair it with whites, or warm things up with the inclusion of warm woods or red and yellow color palettes. Neutral and close enough to white, grays have staying power that can’t be beat.

Craving color?
You don’t have to miss out. Just take advantage of other, more convenient color avenues: Accent walls, window treatments, artwork, a vibrant area rug, or chair cushions easily liven up space – without the need to reinvent the wheel (or renovate your kitchen) when color preferences or styles change.

Selecting the right granite counters is a personal and long-lasting decision. To make the remodeling process as simple and convenient as possible, try our free online design tool to discover the enduring flexibility of granite colors in your kitchen design scheme, or visit your area Granite Imports showroom today.