25 Jul 2018

When constructing a new kitchen, there are many features to consider. From appliances to cabinets and flooring, all of the choices made have a big impact on the overall feel and functionality of the room. Countertops are no exception. In many ways, the countertops chosen for a kitchen construction project can make all the difference in the aesthetic of the room. In today’s market, there are many different options in countertop materials that are sure to make any homeowner happy. These options range from traditional choices like laminate and tougher materials like granite and quartz, as well as, fairly newer options like glass countertops, wood countertops or stainless steel countertops. Below are some of the options available to homebuilders.

If you are looking for a more affordable option for your countertops than most, laminate is a great way to go. Not only are laminate countertops friendly to most budgets, but the design possibilities are nearly endless. You can install laminate countertops in unique designs and colors, but also laminate countertops come in material that resembles the look of wood or quartz countertops.

If durability and ease of care are the priority, you cannot beat granite, marble or quartz countertops. The natural material is nearly indestructible and they are very easy to clean and maintain. Nowadays, pattern colors and design are more diverse as well.

Many homebuilders and contractors will choose wood countertops for the kitchen area. Wood countertops offer a rustic feel to most kitchen areas that they are installed in. Wood countertops are great for prepping food for cooking and they withstand high temperatures well. Wood countertops are also not as pricey as granite or quartz may be.

Stainless steel countertops are also great for prepping food, as easy cleanup of the steel material makes it one of the most hygienic options for countertops available to homebuilders.

Glass countertops are a fairly newer trend in kitchen countertops, but homeowners are choosing them for good reason. They are stain resistant and extremely easy to care for, and since they come in many different design options, they can fit into any design plan.

If you are looking for great countertop materials and options on how to install them, Creative Stone would be happy to help you! Come see us at our Creative Stone location in Fayetteville, North Carolina or give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

19 Jul 2018

If you are a homeowner then you know that there are endless types of flooring options, and likely your home has flooring made of at least two or three different flooring choices. You may have plush carpet in your bedroom areas, ceramic tile in your hallways or foyer area, hardwood floors in your living and dining areas, and perhaps laminate flooring in your kitchen and bathrooms. Each type of flooring requires a different maintenance plan based on the materials the floor is made of.

Here are a few suggestions on how to care for your laminate flooring:

  • If a liquid substance is spilled on your laminate flooring, clean it up as soon as possible. Liquids can seep into the seams of laminate flooring, and over time this can ruin your floors.
  • Do not over soak the flooring when you are cleaning it. The image of a bucket of soapy water and a wet mop comes to mind. When you clean laminate flooring, you can use hot water and soap but do not soak the floor. Get it wet enough to clean it and no more.
  • Avoid using harsh acidic cleaners on your laminate flooring because they can strip the protective seal on the laminate flooring.
  • Anything remotely sharp or extremely heavy can leave small holes or dents in the laminate flooring. For this reason, keep pet nails trimmed, try to avoid wearing high heels on the flooring surface and use furniture pads under big pieces of furniture.
  • Floor cleaners that give floors a shiny look, pine scented cleaners, too much vinegar – all of these are bad for laminate flooring.
  • Sweep your laminate floors often.

Many homeowners choose laminate flooring because of its’ affordability and its’ ease of care. You can ensure that your laminate flooring lasts a long time by following the simple tips above. If you are looking for a great laminate flooring option for your home, Magnus Anderson would love to help! Come see us at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location or give us a call at (910) 483-0468 and let our experts assist you in picking out your perfect floor!

19 Jul 2018

If you were to ask the average homeowner how often they clean their kitchen cabinets, the answer would probably be “not that often”. When it comes to caring for the features of our kitchens, cabinets tend to rank lower on the list. Cabinets are easy to ignore. They do not have all of the parts of kitchen appliances, or the care instruction that can come with countertops, and they usually do not see as much wear and tear as the kitchen floor. However, cabinets do need to be cared for from time to time, and Fayetteville Granite has some ideas to share on how to do it.

  • Just like with the floor or countertops in a kitchen, when something is spilled inside a cabinet or splattered on the outside of a cabinet, clean it up immediately. Do not allow food or drink to become stuck on the cabinets.
  • Make periodic cleaning of the outside of the cabinets a habit. Truth be told, grime can, and does, accumulate on the exterior of cabinets after an extended time. Every few months, lightly clean them using the proper instructions for cleaning them according to the material they are made of.
  • Do not abandon the interior of the cabinets. Many homeowners will line their shelves with some type of shelf paper material to prevent food spillage from damaging the surface. That is a great idea, but even if you do, it is a good idea at least once a year to clean out the cabinets. Get rid of old food or contents that you no longer need, and wipe the shelves down.

Like most all kitchen features, the longevity of your kitchen cabinets depends on the amount of care you take. If you keep them clean by wiping the exterior of the cabinets so that food and dust do not collect on them, and if you organize and clean the interior periodically, your kitchen cabinets should last a long time. If you are looking for new cabinets for your home, Fayetteville Granite wants to help! Give us a call at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location today at (910) 483-0468.