Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Granite & Outdoor Kitchens: A Match Made in Heaven

| | Granite Countertops, Kitchen Countertops

Have you recently been to a summer dinner party or barbeque and been impressed by their beautiful outdoor kitchen? Have you been envisioning a stunning outdoor kitchen of your very own? If not, it’s only a matter of time…

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Outdoor kitchens are a beautiful and luxurious feature you can add to your home to allow more room for cooking and entertaining. They can even add value to your home. It is essential, however, that you choose quality materials to ensure that your outdoor kitchen looks great for many years. Materials like laminate simply won’t weather the elements. After all, they will be outside. And, since you will be cooking and eating on and around them, they need to be durable and also look fantastic. Granite is the ideal material for outdoor kitchen countertops. Granite countertops are bacteria, UV and scratch resistant and nearly nonporous. We’ve come up with a list of the many benefits of choosing granite as well as what makes granite countertops ideal for Orono kitchens – indoors and out! We hope this list will inspire you to call us at Northstar Granite Tops and get started on your very own new granite countertops.

Durability

Being nonporous, granite countertops are stain, heat, scratch and chip resistant. They are also bacteria resistant making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor kitchens as well as bathrooms and other areas of the home. When installed by the professionals at Northstar Granite Tops and regularly cared for and resealed, granite countertops and their beauty can last for decades.

Variety

Granite countertops come in a wide variety of patterns and colors so you will for sure be able to match them with your unique home’s indoor or outdoor décor. Bring along a sample of your paint swatches, cabinets, etc. and the experts at Northstar Granite Tops can help you find the perfect slab of granite to complement them.

Value

Add value to your home with granite countertops! In the world of real estate, granite countertops are absolutely a must. And, if you install them in your outdoor kitchen, you’ve got an added edge in the market.

Unique Styles

Granite countertops are comprised of various minerals, adding depth and character to each individual slab. And, no two slabs of granite are alike! There will simply be no other granite countertops quite like yours.

As a trusted name in granite countertop fabrication and installation for years, Northstar Granite Tops has the experience and know-how to get you the countertops you’ve always dreamed of. So, when you’re ready to learn first-hand the many benefits of granite countertops for your Orono home, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Is Quartz Really Made of Quartz? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

| | Quartz Countertops

When in the market for Quartz countertops in Medina or surrounding areas, it can be fun to find out a little more about this interesting material. At Northstar Granite Tops, we specialize in Quartz countertops and have compiled a list of some of the questions we’ve been asked about this wonderful countertop material.quartz countertops

So, is it really made of quartz?

Even if you are not familiar with quartz as a name for this material, you may be familiar with its more popular name, engineered stone counters. “Quartz” is used because it signifies luster and hardness; two things quartz countertops are known for. While quartz countertops do contain quartz, the term is more for getting its main attributes across. Quartz countertops are made of 93% ground natural quartz and 7% binding polymers, resins and pigments. This added heft provided by the resins makes quartz countertops more resistant to scratches and stains.

Do I need to have my quartz countertops sealed?

These very resins and binders make quartz countertops non-porous so they never need to be sealed. Another great feature of quartz countertops are very easy to maintain and are resistant to stains. This makes them perfect for busy areas of the home and households with children.

Are there many stylish options in quartz countertops?

Quartz is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. The biggest reason can be attributed to the many advances in creating the stone’s aesthetic look, like the addition of organic-looking swirls, patterns, styles and variations.

Is quartz very expensive?

Quartz is comparable and sometimes an even less expensive option in countertop material. Installing quartz countertops can cut down on cost without sacrificing style. If your kitchen has a lot of counter space, quartz may just be the material for you.

If you don’t see your quartz question above, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! The experts at Northstar Granite Tops are well-versed in all things quartz countertops and can answer any question you might have.

Quartz countertops can make the perfect complement to a variety of home décor. Allow our team at Northstar Granite Tops to help you find the best countertops for you and your home’s needs.

We can tell you more about our many options in Quartz countertops for Medina and the surrounding areas and even offer you a free quote! Call Northstar Granite Tops today at 320-963-8677 or contact us online for your Free Estimate.