30 Nov 2018

For many years, when homeowners were considering which countertop material would be best for their kitchen and bathroom spaces, the obvious choice was granite countertops. Even today, granite countertops remain among the most popular countertop option for homebuilders and homeowners alike. In today’s market, there are more high quality countertop options available. Take quartz countertops, for example. When pitted against granite countertops as an option, you cannot really go wrong with either choice as far as durability goes. Both are great countertop options, and both should last a long time with proper care and maintenance.

However, there are some ways in which granite countertops differ from quartz and other countertop materials. Creative Stone specializes in high quality countertop options for our customers. We have learned a lot about the best countertop materials on the market and here is what we can tell you about the gift that is granite countertops.

When it comes to durability, granite is king. Granite stone is so tough that you could basically cut food directly on it and your knives would not scratch the surface at all. Not only that, but in comparison to options like quartz, granite proves to be more heat resistant. While it is possible to harm the sealant on top of a granite counter, the material itself can stand to have a pot or pan placed directly on it. This is not the case with most other countertop materials.

This is not to say that damage cannot be done to a granite countertop. A granite countertop can be chipped with a hard enough force. The beautiful thing about granite countertops though is that repairing them is fairly simple. Granite repair kits can be purchased by the homeowner.

In addition to these reasons, granite countertops are a great choice because of their affordability in comparison to other options, their ease of care, and their nearly endless color choices. Consider gifting yourself with granite countertops this holiday season. We know you will not be disappointed in your investment. If you are looking for a countertop specialist in Fayetteville, North Carolina and the surrounding areas, look no further than the professionals at Creative Stone. Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

05 May 2018

Any good homebuilder knows that when it comes to the complete look of a kitchen or bathroom space, you cannot just consider the material and look of the countertops, but also the countertop edge as well. Styles of countertop edges range from the very simple to the more elaborate, but there are a few styles that seem to be more popular than others. For homeowners and homebuilders in Fayetteville, NC and the surrounding areas, the team at Creative Stone wants to share some of the most popular choices.

 

A Standard Flat Edge. This countertop edge is what you would expect from a flat countertop edge. It is a very simple flat edge. While you may not think you want a simple flat edge to your kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops, this style works really well in rooms that already have strong design elements in them. A flat edge will not distract from a great backsplash or new appliances.

 

A Subtle Bevel Edge. Bevel edges in kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops are quite popular, perhaps because they look stylish but are not as elaborate as other countertop edge choices. A bevel edge is typically about a 45 degree angle, but the angle and width can usually be customized in certain ways.

 

The Half Bullnose Edge. Seen in a lot of classic kitchen and bathroom designs, the Half Bullnose countertop edge has a thicker look than the other Bullnose edge option.

 

The Full Bullnose Edge. The other Bullnose countertop option is the Full Bullnose edge. It is also seen in many traditional kitchen and bathroom countertop designs, but is a thinner option than the Half Bullnose countertop edge.

 

An Ogee Edge. The Ogee countertop edge is a more elaborate choice for your kitchen or bathroom. It has an elegant edge that looks best in more classic kitchen designs. If you go with an Ogee edge for your kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops, you will want to show it off.

 

If you are a homebuilder or homeowner in Fayetteville, NC or the surrounding areas, the professional staff at Creative Stone wants to help you create the perfect space for your building needs. Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225 and let’s get started!

04 Apr 2018

granite-countertopsIt comes as no surprise to home builders and countertop professionals when homeowners request that granite countertops be installed in their kitchens and bathrooms. Granite has risen in popularity over the last couple of decades in America and are considered the standard in countertop surface choice. For good reason, too. Who can argue with the stunning beauty of granite countertops, not to mention their durability and ease of maintenance. At Creative Stone, we get requests all of the time for unique granite countertops, especially in new construction homes in places like Pinehurst NC.

Granite countertops have come a long way since they first started to appear in home kitchens. The options for granite countertops are seemingly endless, with color combinations to compliment any kitchen or bathroom. Best of all, the colors will never fade, and with proper care of granite countertops, they can last forever. Today’s choices in granite countertops include an array of attractive colors. While many homeowners have chosen granite countertops in browns and cream colors over the years, recent choices have included granite in hues of black, blue, red, green and more. The options in granite countertop slabs have produced truly stunning results in kitchen and bathroom spaces. With such a huge selection in color versatility, home builders can create aesthetically designed kitchen and bathroom spaces that can be described as anything but cookie cutter.

In our Creative Stone showroom in Fayetteville, NC, we house an inventory of fine granite slabs. If you are a home builder or a homeowner who is looking to have granite countertops installed in your home, we encourage you to come into our showroom and take a look around. Our knowledgeable staff would love to show you around and talk to you about installing beautiful granite in your kitchen or bathroom. We serve home builders and homeowners from all over North Carolina, including the cities and towns of Wilmington, Lumberton, Raleigh, Pembroke and Pinehurst NC. With a reputation of paying attention to detail and ensuring customer satisfaction, our granite experts will work with you each step of the project, from picking out the perfect granite slab to installation and maintenance. Are you ready to experience the true beauty and versatility of granite? Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

02 Feb 2018

Granite Countertops have remained the most popular choice for kitchen upgrades among homeowners and home builders for many years. Granite countertops are incredibly tough, tend to be heat resistant, and are easy to clean. With an abundance of granite countertop choices, it is not hard to see why people would prefer granite over other materials, like laminate.

However, from time to time, granite countertops can be stained by certain substances. Creative Stone wants to share with you tips on how to clean your granite countertop, so that you can protect your investment. For general cleaning of your granite countertop, you don’t. need much. Avoid abrasive kitchen cleaners, and instead opt for a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water. Harsh cleaners can do damage to the protective seal on your granite countertops.
Granite Countertops
If you see water stains on your granite countertop, simply blot them up with a gentle, dry cloth. These stains are temporary, although to prevent them altogether, make sure that your granite countertop has a protective seal on it.

Stains that appear because of organic sources, like coffee cup rings or fruit juice, will look brownish-pink in appearance. The stain may disappear on its own as soon as the source of the stain is removed. If it doesn’t, simply take a cotton ball or paper towel and soak it in bleach. Place it directly on the stain for 24 hours before wiping the counter clean. Make sure to seal your granite countertop afterwards.

A pancake batter-like mixture of baking soda and acetone left on the countertop for 24 hours can get rid of a stain on your granite countertop caused by oil. Just as in the case of organic stains, once clean, you should seal your granite countertop.

One part water and one part bleach left on a granite countertop for 15 minutes can clear up stains caused by mold or mildew. For rust stains, it is best to get a professional to take care of it. The team at Creative Stone can help with that.

Most stains that happen on granite countertops happen because the countertops were not sealed properly after installation with a solvent based sealer. Our professionals at Creative Stone can answer all of your questions concerning the care of your granite countertops. If you have questions or are looking to install granite countertops in your home, give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.