Facts You Didn’t Know About Granite Countertops

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When it comes to granite countertops, there are a few facts you probably know well. For example, you are probably aware of the fact that granite countertops are one of the most popular choices for both the kitchen and the bathroom, and you may know that it is beautiful and durable. However, there are also probably many things about granite that have escaped you. In this blog, we will go over some facts about granite that you probably didn’t know!

No Two Countertops Are Alike

When it comes to granite countertops, no two are alike. This is because the age, location of formation, and soil composition all impact the composition, color, and hardness of a granite slab. This is why we provide free in-home estimates; so you can see what your specific granite countertop will look like in the context of your kitchen.

Granite is One of the Hardest Substances

Believe it or not, granite is one of the hardest substances in the world. In fact, it is second only to diamonds, which do not make much sense as a countertop material as granite, which means that granite is the toughest substance you can have for your kitchen or bathroom. Granite’s toughness is exemplified by the fact that it has been used in construction since the Ancient Egyptians. It is so strong, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is made out of it!Facts You Didn’t Know About Granite Countertops 2

Granite is A Bit Radioactive

This is a fact that people tend to blow out of proportion, but yes, granite emits a small amount of radon. This is nothing to worry about because it emits less than even the soil found in your garden does. If you have heard people express concerns about granite countertops and radioactivity, they are not well-informed on the issue. There is no reason to worry about it; it is perfectly safe to have granite countertops in your home.

Granite Has a Long History

Granite is actually the oldest igneous rock on Earth. For those who may have forgotten their earth science, “igneous” means that it is formed underground from magma or lava. It is estimated that it may have first formed as long as 300 million years ago. In fact, granite makes up part of the earth’s continental crust!

Some Colors are More Common Than Others

If you are looking for certain colors of granite, some are going to be more expensive and harder to find than others. For example, the rarest granite colors are blue and red. If you are deadset on these colors, you may have to pay more for them. If you are looking for a more readily available color, the most common color is sand.

If you are ready to install granite countertops in your Marietta home, Royal Granite is ready to give you the royal treatment we provide all of our customers. From design to installation, we can help you with every element of countertop installation. We are proud to be Georgia’s leading provider of granite countertops! Contact us today for a free in-home estimate!

Decorating Tips for Your Small Bathroom

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If you have a small powder room in your home, you might be eager to find a way to spruce up the space. However, with such limited square-footage, you might feel that your decorating options are limited. In reality, there are a lot of ways you can make your bathroom as beautiful as the rest of your home. In this blog, we will go over some ways you can redesign and decorate your bathroom to make it what you have always wished for.

Get Creative With Storage

In a small bathroom, storage space is hard to come by. Unfortunately, between toiletries, cleaning supplies, and towels, there is a lot to store in your small bathroom. Fortunately, there are ways you can get creative with storage that allow you to keep everything you need in your bathroom without making it appear cluttered. One way you can do this is by installing a wall of mirrored medicine cabinets, rather than the traditional size. You can even make these cabinets deeper in order to make them better suited for fitting towels and the like. Additionally, shelving can be your best friend when it comes to a small bath. Something as simple as installing a small ledge above the sink can give you room to place your daily essentials like toothpaste or hand soap without taking up precious space on the vanity.

Go Big With Mirrors

Mirrors are a powerful tool for your small bathroom in terms of expanding the space. Mirrors are standardly used by interior designers to trick the eye into seeing a space as bigger than it truly is. If you have a small bathroom that needs to look bigger, try hanging a large wall mirror above the sink. Don’t stop there; you can also use small accent mirrors to bounce the light off of different reflective surfaces, further expanding the space. If you have low ceilings, you can also make the room look larger by installing oval mirrors in the bathroom; because of their elongated space, it makes the ceiling appear taller.

Show Off the Shower

Many people choose to block the shower from view with a curtain or fogged glass, but this makes the space appear even smaller than it is. If you opt for a clear glass shower door, it immediately expands the space by adding square footage to the room. As an added bonus, this allows you to always enjoy the natural sunlight, even as you bathe. You can make the additional space the shower provides even more dramatic by using the same tile on the bathroom floor as you do in the shower.Decorating Tips for Your Small Bathroom 4

Install New Bathroom Countertops

At Royal Granite, we are proud to offer bathroom countertops in Marietta that are sure to pull together your powder room. If you are looking for countertop installation for your small bathroom in Georgia, we can help! With years of experience, a quality product, and affordable prices, we are sure that you will be happy with what we have to offer. Contact us for a free consultation!

More Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops

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When you invest in granite countertops, you want to do everything in your power to keep them looking great for years and years to come. However, when it comes to your kitchen countertops, they can take a real beating if you don’t properly care for them. Fortunately, taking care of your granite kitchen countertops is simple once you know what you are doing. In our previous blog, we started going over dos and don’ts of caring for your granite countertops. In this blog, we will continue the list to ensure that you know everything about granite countertop care.

DO: Use coasters under beverages.

While you may be able to put cans, glasses, and bottles directly on your granite without causing damage, why risk it? Coasters prevent you from leaving marks on your granite countertops, and also provide your beverage with traction to prevent spills. While coasters are an absolute requirement for marble countertops and less so with granite, give yourself added peace of mind and your countertops added protection by using coasters.

More Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops 6DON’T: Sit or stand on your countertops.

Unlike laminate countertops, your granite kitchen countertops are very hard and not flexible. This means that if you put too much weight on any one spot of your countertop, it could result in a crack. Avoid causing damage to your countertops by not standing or sitting on them, and making sure that no one else does.

Do: Use a soft cloth or sponge for clean up.

When you have a spill on your kitchen countertop, it is best to use a special granite cleaner. However, if you don’t have a time, a soft cloth or sponge soaked in hot water is sufficient to clean your countertops. However, avoid using dish soap on your countertops. While dish soap won’t technically cause damage to granite, soap build up over time will cause your countertops to dull. Avoid this by using a soft cloth or sponge with water without soap to clean up any basic spills or messes.

DON’T: Put hot pans or pots directly on your granite.

Technically speaking, it is possible to put a hot pan directly on your granite countertop without causing damage. Granite is an incredibly durable material, and in most cases, putting something hot on it isn’t going to cause damage; in very rare cases, it may experience “thermal shock” which will crack the stone. However, you must also consider the fact that any grit that comes between the pot and the countertop may cause scratching. While granite can take a beating, it is susceptible to smaller surface scratches in high-use areas, such as around the stove or sink. While this is rare, it is possible, so exercise extra caution and always use hot pads or trivets underneath hot pans or pots.

When you are looking for kitchen countertops in Georgia, contact Royal Granite. With each of our customers, we do everything we can to ensure that your countertops exceed your expectations. Contact us today to receive a free estimate in your Georgia home!

Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops

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When it comes to countertops, few options are as aesthetically pleasing, durable, and easy to care for as granite countertops. Whether you have them in your kitchen or your bathroom, when you call Royal Granite for granite countertop installation in Marietta or the surrounding area, you can rest assured that you are making a valuable investment into your home that isn’t going to take a ton of your time to maintain. Granite countertop maintenance is quite easy, but only if you know what you are doing. In this blog, we will go over the dos and don’ts of making your granite countertops sparkle for years to come.

DO: Immediately wipe up spills.

Particularly if you have children, you are probably familiar with this scenario: you are rushing around in the morning, getting ready for work and school, and you accidentally knock your coffee over, leaving a puddle of joe on your countertop. When this happens, resist the urge to rush out the door and deal with it later. Particularly acidic beverages such as wine, juice, soda, and yes, coffee, can leave behind an ugly stain on your granite countertop. Avoid unsightly stains entirely by practicing the important habit of immediately wiping any spills off your granite countertop.

DON’T: Clean them with vinegar, ammonia, or lemon.

As stated above, acidic substances are particularly prone to staining granite. You may be in the habit of cleaning with vinegar or lemon juice if you are trying to reduce the number of harsh chemicals in your home. While this may be a good way to clean your tub, it is not a good idea to use any of these common household cleaners on your granite countertops, as they can erode them over time. Instead, use a cleaning product that is especially designed for cleaning granite, or hot water for quick clean up.

Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Granite Countertops 8DO: Use cutting boards.

Some people are under the impression that if they have granite countertops, they don’t need to bother with cutting boards. However, by cutting food directly on their counters, these people are both damaging their granite countertops and dulling their knives. Use a cutting board every time, regardless of what you are slicing.

DON’T: Store liquids on your countertops.

When you store liquids on your countertops, you are asking for a spill. If you keep a bottle of cooking oil on your counter, for example, it is easy for it to leak without notice, leaving a terrible stain behind it. Reduce the risk of this happening by either storing your cooking oils in a cabinet, or placing them on a tray of some kind to avoid direct contact with granite.

In our next blog, we will continue to go over dos and don’ts of caring for your granite countertops, so you can feel confident that you are giving your granite the royal treatment. At Royal Granite, we are about giving our customers the best granite countertops they can find in Marietta. If you are looking for high-quality countertops for an affordable price, we are your best bet in Georgia. Get a free in-home estimate today!

4 More Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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When you are renovating your kitchen, it can be an exciting but stressful time. It’s wonderful that you get to create the kitchen of your dreams, and you are likely quite excited to see the finished product. Yet at the same time, there are many stressors associated with a remodel of any kind. The costs associated with the remodel, being without your kitchen for weeks at a time, and needing to make a million small decisions can make you anxious. At Royal Granite Countertops, we offer kitchen countertop installation for a discounted price, and we do everything in our power to ensure that our countertop installation process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. We also want to do what we can to help you with your decision fatigue. In our last blog, we started going over some kitchen remodeling tips. In this blog, we will continue the list to help you remodel your kitchen so it is as beautiful and functional as you have imagined.

Consider Your Island’s Role

When you are designing a kitchen with an island, make sure you know how you are going to use it before you design it. If its primary function will be for chopping vegetables and other food prep, you may want to keep it closer to the stove. If you intend to use it solely for dining, you want to make sure it is far enough away from the cooktop to ensure safety. Alternatively, if you want to use it for both, you can have one side be raised for the dining portion.

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Don’t Skimp on Outlets

It’s easy to forget to install enough outlets in your kitchen until it is too late. With so many different appliances, you want to make sure that you have plenty of outlets to accommodate them. Don’t forget to install a few outlets along the backsplash so that you can plug in your toaster, coffee maker, blender, crock pot, microwave, and other appliances wherever you need them.

Pick One Focal Point

While you may like the appearance of a colorful tile, fancy backsplash, large range hood, or bright cabinets, when you bring them all together, it is overwhelming to the eye and will make your space look more cluttered. Pick one focal point of your kitchen, and let the rest of it be less attention-grabbing but still aesthetically pleasing in order to complement it.

Can’t Forget Countertops

Your countertops are one of the most important choices you will make in terms of style and functionality in your kitchen. You want to make sure that your kitchen countertops are durable, attractive, and functional. You will need to choose the material, color, and style. At Royal Granite, we have many years of experience installing quartz and granite countertops, with many satisfied customers to show for it. We will help you through the entire process, from selection and layout to installation, so you don’t have to stress about this decision out of the many you must make during this process. Ready for a free quote? Contact us today!