3 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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At Royal Granite, many of our customers are in the middle of remodeling their kitchen. Your kitchen isn’t simply another a room in your home; it is where you gather together with your family and friends to cook, eat, talk, laugh, and grow together. Therefore, you want it to be comfortable, beautiful, functional, and designed with you in mind. When you are looking for new kitchen countertops in Georgia, Royal Granite is the way to go. We offer a wide selection of styles from which you can choose, and our pro sales team is excellent at communicating with you about exactly what you want. Going with Royal Granite Countertops for your kitchen countertop installation will do a lot to take the guesswork out of your kitchen remodel; in this blog, we will go over other ways in which you can make your dream kitchen come true.

Prioritize Functionality

Before anything else, think about how you use your kitchen. When it comes to kitchen design, less is more. You want your layout to promote efficiency because when you are cooking, you aren’t going to want to carry a hot pan an unnecessary 10 feet. Just because you have the space to place the kitchen island farther from the countertop doesn’t mean you should. This will only serve to make cooking and cleaning more of a pain for you. Of course, you want your kitchen to have enough space for people to gather, but you should also consider practicality. A popular rule in kitchen design is the “working triangle.” This means that the lines between the fridge, sink, and stovetop should form an equilateral triangle. These are the three points in the kitchen that you will visit the most often while making a meal.

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Light It Up

One of the most important aspects to consider when remodeling your kitchen is the lighting. In the kitchen, you need it to bright enough that you can cook, but you also don’t want it to be so bright that it feels like you are in a doctor’s office. You can create a bright light that is still beautiful by installing surface-mounted fixtures on the ceiling in a grid. Additionally, you can add to the decoration of your kitchen by installing hanging lights over your kitchen island. Finally, don’t forget about the fact that your cabinets will likely block some of the light in your kitchen. Therefore, you should also install lights underneath the cabinets.

Consider Your Cabinets

Your cabinets are not only essential for storage, they are a simple way to add personality and style to your home. Therefore, they should make your cooking more efficient while still being beautiful. Some people will forgo cabinet doors entirely to show off their lovely collection of dishes, which also makes it easier to grab dishes and go. If you prefer to have cabinets, there is a wide selection of colors and styles from which you can choose; just don’t forget to match them with your kitchen countertops! Regardless of whether you go with cabinet doors or not, just make sure your cabinets can accommodate all of your dishes. Don’t forget a couple of drawers in your lower cabinet space for large pots and pans for greatest ease of access!

In our next blog, we will continue to go over some essential tips for remodeling your kitchen. In the meantime, when you’re in the market for new kitchen countertops in Georgia, there is no better option than Royal Granite. We are Marietta’s leading experts in granite countertops, and we serve most of Georgia! Contact us today for a free quote.

The Lowdown on Quartz Countertops

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When you are looking for new countertops, there are a plethora of materials you can use. Whether you are remodeling your entire kitchen or are just redoing your bathroom countertops, quartz offers many benefits to the homeowners fortunate enough to have it in their home. In this blog, we will go over some reasons why you need to install quartz countertops in your home.

Quartz Overview

Quartz is perhaps the most durable countertop material on the market, which makes sense when you consider that it is composed of one of the hardest minerals on the planet. To make quartz, natural crystals are mined and ground up into a fine dust or aggregate. It is then fused with resin and put under pressure and heat to create the slab of countertop.

Quartz is not only incredibly strong, it is also extremely beautiful. Quartz countertops come in a variety of colors, from earth tones to vibrant reds to electric greens to appearing like marble or granite. Unlike some countertops made of natural materials, quartz is manufactured. They are mainly made of ground quartz, which is then bound with polyester resin and pigments for color. Some designs also include small flecks of metal or glass to add pattern and color. The resins involved also make the counters scratch and stain resistant. Additionally, they are nonporous, which means one wonderful thing: no need to be resealed! In contrast, granite must be resealed every year.

Back in the day, the only negative thing that could be said about quartz countertops is there was a lack of variety in terms of options. However, manufacturers today have made this a moot point. Now, you can get quartz with all the little flecks, swirls, and patterns you could dream of in every color imaginable. Once, you could only get quartz countertops with a polished finish, but now, you can get embossed, sandblasted, or honed treatments. Whether you like glossy granite, matte limestone, or textured slate, you can recreate the appearance with quartz.

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Benefits of Quartz

Minimal maintenance

Quartz is an incredibly low-maintenance countertop material; it is debatably the lowest maintenance, in fact. It’s easy to clean; any stains on the surface can be easily removed with gentle scrubbing. Scouring pads should be avoided, as they can dull the surface. Additionally, any harsh chemical cleaners can cause the bond of quartz and resin to break down.

Antimicrobial

When you have quartz countertops, you don’t have to worry about bacteria, mildew, or mold penetrating the surface of your counters. Resin binders make quartz counters nonporous, so stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew can’t penetrate the surface.

Versatile

Some makers offer jumbo slabs for uninterrupted runs of countertop. But even with standard slabs, typically 60 by 120 inches, the seams can be almost imperceptible; added resins allow cleaner cuts without chipping as stone does. The resins also make quartz more flexible than natural stone, allowing fabricators to bend and shape it into sinks or the sides of a curved island. And it’s versatile enough to be used on floors and walls—fabricators can even cut the slabs into standard tile sizes.

Durable

Quartz is one of the best options, if not the best option, for countertop materials. Whether you are choosing bathroom countertops or kitchen countertops, you want them to last you for years to come. Quartz is heat resistant and scratch resistant, making cooking on this surface a lot less stressful. Quartz is a great material to use because it is so durable and can withstand anything you throw at it.

When you’re looking for quartz countertops, there is no better option in Marietta, Georgia than Royal Granite. Contact our team for quartz countertop installation services!

How to Choose Kitchen Countertops

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Of course, you want your kitchen countertops to be aesthetically pleasing and match the appearance of your kitchen. As the room in your home you spend the most time in, it is important for your kitchen to be the beautiful oasis you need. However, there is so much more to consider when it comes to choosing the right kitchen countertops for your home. At Royal Granite, we can walk you through the entire process to make sure you find the right fit for your needs. In the meantime, here are the key considerations you should make when choosing kitchen countertops.

Use

One of the primary considerations you should make when choosing kitchen countertops is how you will use them. For example, if you have a house full of children and are constantly making big meals and cutting up PB&J sandwiches on the counters, you probably should avoid white granite. On the other hand, if you use your kitchen less for cooking for more for entertaining, you may feel that your preference for color is more important than your need for durability. Regardless of which countertop you end up choosing, make sure to first consider how you will use it.

Value

When it comes to kitchen countertops, there is wide array of different directions in which you can go in terms of price. Of course, when you are considering any investment into your home, it is imperative to also consider the value it is adding to your home. Tile countertops might be cheap upon initial installation, but when you are trying to sell your home in five years, you aren’t going to get the ROI you would if you had in investment in a higher quality countertop. Consider how much value you want your home to have when you are picking countertops. Quartz, for example, may be a higher-end countertop material that can be expensive, but it is very attractive to potential homebuyers. If you invest in a higher quality material, you can see quite a high return on your initial investment.

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Material

You will also have to factor in what material you would like to use for your countertop. At Royal Granite, we offer two of the most attractive options: granite and quartz. Granite countertops are appealing to homeowners for several reasons: one, granite is aesthetically pleasing and unique; no two pieces of granite look the same, making your granite countertops completely unique to your home. It is also a very durable material for countertops. Quartz also offers many advantages as well; first of all, quartz is your most durable option in terms of countertops. Quartz naturally resists stains and scratches, but doesn’t require sealing, making it also the most low-maintenance countertop you can buy. Regardless of whether you choose granite or quartz, we can help you with choosing and installing your kitchen countertops.

Repairability

The last thing you want to have to do is spend hundreds of dollars repairing your kitchen countertops in the event of an accident. However, there are certain styles of countertops that are more easily repaired than others. For example, it is easier to repair granite countertops than concrete countertops. Especially if you live a lifestyle in which your countertops will take a beating, it’s important to keep in mind how easily you will be able to repair your counters. It’s better to think about this now than wait until you have installed a material that is near impossible to repair.

At Royal Granite Countertops, we would be proud to help you pick the right countertops for your kitchen remodel. If you are interested in taking advantage of our granite countertop installation services in Georgia, contact us today for a free quote!

8 Benefits of Granite Kitchen Countertops

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When it comes to custom granite countertops, your best option in Georgia is Royal Granite. We provide our customers with the finest granite countertops for anywhere in their homes and guide them through the entire process, from color selection to installation. Most commonly, we install granite countertops in kitchens. This makes sense, as granite countertops have many benefits to your kitchen. In this blog, we will go over some of the best benefits of granite kitchen countertops.

Durability

First off, granite countertops last forever. It doesn’t matter how you use these counters, your granite countertops will survive. A special seal is even placed over granite countertops to ensure that they aren’t scratched or eroded. When you are looking for a countertop that will last for decades and decades and decades, granite is one of your best options for materials.

Aesthetic

One of the greatest advantages of granite is that it is very aesthetically pleasing. No two pieces of granite look the same, adding a natural beauty to any granite countertop. Granite also looks different in various lights, so you can appreciate your granite in a new way every time the light changes in your kitchen. Beyond the fact that it is beautiful, it is also timeless. You don’t have to worry about your countertops going out of style when you have granite because its appeal is enduring.

Value

Granite countertops add incredible value to your home. Granite countertops are extremely attractive to potential homebuyers, and should you ever sell your home, your granite countertops will be a major selling point.

Customizable

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Granite countertops are also fully customizable to your needs. Whether you have a       specific color or shape in mind, granite countertops can be formed to meet your precise specifications when you contract Royal Granite to install them for you.

Maintenance

Granite is also very easy to clean and maintain. For day-to-day cleaning, simply wipe your granite countertops using a damp towel with a mild soap. About once a year, you can reseal your granite countertops for added durability.

Repairability

Should the rare instance present itself that your granite countertop has chipped, fixing it is easy and simple. You can keep your granite countertops looking great all the time because, even if it is damaged, it is easily repaired.

Heat resistance

A big advantage to granite for your kitchen countertops is that it is heat resistant. Whether you place a hot pan on it or use appliances like toaster ovens on top, you never have to worry about burning your granite countertop.

Cleanliness

Granite countertops are also completely sanitary. They do not absorb bacteria or dirt, so you can rest assured that you are providing your family with safe meals free of bacteria when you prepare them on clean, properly installed granite countertops.

At Royal Granite, we are proud to provide Marietta, Georgia and the surrounding areas with affordable, high-quality granite countertop installation. When you are looking for experienced and professional granite countertop installation, contact Royal Granite for the best in the business.