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Feb
03
What to Consider When Shopping for Kitchen Countertops



Aside from your cabinets, your countertops are what people will notice most about your kitchen. Even so, counters do more than just add style, as they must be functional and durable. Choosing precisely the right worktops is very important, so we have listed some factors that will help guide you in your decision.



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Material


You may have other uses for your counters aside from preparing meals. For example, you may use them for crafts or for working from home. Accordingly, you will want a material that will stand up to your versatile lifestyle.




Consider the various materials and their pros and cons to find one that will work best for you. A few that are popular among our New Jersey clients includ...


Jan
02
Kitchen Countertop Color and Design Trends to Watch for in 2023

According to Global Market Insights (GMI) the U.S. remodeling industry exceeded $4 trillion in 2022, and will continue to grow at a 3.5% Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2032. Naturally, this means a lot of kitchen remodeling, much of which will also involve new counters.


Maybe you’re planning a kitchen remodel and are wondering what countertop colors will be trending in the New Year. If so, you’ll find all the information about colors, materials, and design trends listed below.



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Moving Toward Warmer, Neutral Tones


In 2023, design trends are moving away from cooler colors and toward more warmer, neutral tones. Accordingly, countertops with tones of beige, gray, brown,...


Dec
06
Matte vs. Gloss Countertops - Which One Will You Choose?

According to Freedonia, countertop installations are expected to increase by 4.4% annually through 2026. Those looking to install a new worktop can select from various popular materials such as quartz, concrete, granite, marble, and more. However, there are only two primary options as far as finishes go. Should you choose matte or gloss for your new counter? The following information will help you make the right decision.


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What are Gloss Countertops?


As their name suggests, gloss countertops appear to have a glossy sheen to them. Polished finishes are created by sanding and buffing counter materials to bring out their natural shine. This creates a less porous surface for germs and other bacter...


Nov
04
Tips for Mixing and Matching Kitchen Countertops

Choosing the right kitchen countertop can be tough. Marble, quartz, granite, and other materials all have unique advantages, so how do you decide on just one? Nothing says you must pick only a single material, and in fact there are numerous advantages to mixing and matching your counters. Here are some fun yet practical ideas for incorporating more than one different type of worktop.


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Create a Focal Point


One idea that’s very popular right now is using wood, concrete or Formica® above your cabinets and then adding in a marble or granite workstation. This is a great way to create a focal point with an island, bar, or seating area. For a more dramatic effect, choose a bold color for th...


Oct
03
What are Waterfall Edges for Countertops?

When researching countertop styles, a term you will likely come across is "waterfall edges." The very idea of having a "waterfall" in the kitchen is intriguing for many, which is why we've created this guide.


What Are Waterfall Edges for Countertops?


Most countertops end abruptly at the edge of a cabinet. Waterfall countertops, on the other hand, create an edge that cascades all the way to the floor. There is generally no visible seam at the point where the counter makes a 45-degree angle. As such, it appears to flow seamlessly on all sides, hence the name.


People often choose a waterfall design because they want to showcase their countertops. Accordingly, waterfall edges are typically made fro...


Sep
06
Why Marble is the Right Choice for Kitchen Countertops

Since ancient times, marble’s been used to construct iconic buildings around the world. The Taj Mahal, Great Pyramids, and the Washington Monument are all constructed of marble. These days, marble is a highly sought-after material when it comes to kitchen countertops. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider it as well.


It’s Elegant


Marble adds a touch of elegance to any kitchen or bathroom. If you’re looking to upgrade and would like a more luxurious feel, you can’t go wrong with marble countertops. The fact that marble is such a desirable material will give you a definite edge whenever it’s time to sell your home, as well.



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Goes with Any Decor


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Aug
05
6 Reasons Quartz is Ideal for Countertops

As the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust, quartz is used in everything from jewelry to glass. It’s also a very popular countertop material, as the global quartz countertop market is expected to reach more than $9 billion USD by 2027. Just as quartz is plentiful, so are the reasons for considering it for your next kitchen countertop.



#1. Easy to Customize a Kitchen


To create quartz countertops, manufacturers pulverize the natural stone and then add a variety of polymers and resins. That mixture is then heated so it can be formed into slabs. The same process can be used to create quartz tiles that are perfect for flooring or a backsplash. Choose quartz countertops and matching ac...


Jul
12
6 Reasons Why Granite Countertops Are the Best

Based on info from the U.S. Geological Survey, granite production in the United States was 484,000 metric tons in 2018 and will likely continue to increase in the coming years. The high demand is partly due to its popularity as a kitchen countertop material. Why does granite continue to be so desirable year after year? Once you know the advantages of granite countertops, it’s easy to see why.



#1. Resists Knicks, Dings, and Scratches


Like most families, you probably spend more time in the kitchen than in any other room. Most of the time it likely involves some type of food prep. You need a countertop that can keep up with your busy lifestyle, and granite fits the bill very nicely.



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Jun
16
What are ‘green’ countertops?

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No, we aren’t recommending St. Patrick’s Day colored counters, we’re talking about recycled countertops!



If you are passionate about making a difference in the world while also making your kitchen or bathroom look stunning with gorgeous countertops, consider looking to ‘green’ countertops made from recycled products.



We carry a variety of lines made from recycled glass and/or stone particulates that are bound by resin, making these products durable as much as they are environmentally friendly.



Where do these materials come from? Oftentimes the recycled materials are collected from discarded glass bottles, window glass, or windshield glass.



Because these material...