Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

The Rise of Quartz Countertops

| | Quartz

Until more recently, granite was the only word you’d hear from home owners to describe the countertops for their dream kitchens. With incredible elegance, value, durability and return on investment, it’s no wonder granite countertops have reigned at the top of interior design wish list. But now, granite shares this top spot with another great countertop material; quartz. Quartz countertops of today aren’t anything like they were decades ago. They have really come a long way in their looks and design and are a major contender on the countertop market. As experts in not only granite, but quartz countertops as well, we would like to tell you more about the rise of quartz and what makes it a must-have on your wish list. And, when you’re ready, stop by our showroom to see what quartz countertops will work for your Wayzata home. We would love to answer any questions you might have about them and help you get started selecting your new, beautiful quartz countertops.

One reason for the upswing in quartz countertops all over the area is their unmatched durability. Thanks to the quartz content, it’s tough and super durable and resistant to stains and scratches. And, in terms of maintenance, quartz countertop surfaces require none; no sealants, no wax. As quartz countertops are non-porous, it also makes them easier to clean and fend off bacteria; making them ideal for families.

Quartz countertops come in a very wide range of colors and patterns, including solid colors and imitation granite. Countertops made from natural stones like granite, however, can be a little more limited due to the natural process from which they are made.

With so many options in the selection of quartz countertops, it allows homeowners and interior designers to control the overall color and texture throughout the design process, ensuring a more cohesive and simple look. Fabricators are able to create stunning quartz countertops that fit around sinks or curved cabinet ends easily.

And, these are just some of the great reasons quartz has seen a huge uptick. Ready to learn more about what makes quartz countertops so perfect for your home? Allow our team of experts at Northstar Granite Tops to help you find the best countertops for you. Give us a call and we can tell you all about our many options in quartz countertops in Wayzata and the surrounding areas. Call Northstar Granite Tops today at 320-963-8677 or contact us or a Free Estimate!

 

Slab by Slab: The Granite Countertop Selection & Installation Process

| | Granite, Kitchen Countertops, Tips

Congratulations! So, you have decided to update or remodel your kitchen. The first step? Selecting new, beautiful kitchen countertops. The countertops are the focal point of your kitchen, effecting both the overall style and value of the room. But, where and how do you begin? As an expert fabricator and installer of kitchen countertops in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, we’d like to provide a complete rundown of the selection and installation process to help you on your way.

We understand choosing new kitchen countertops can seem overwhelming. But we hope, with our expertise, to show you it’s not only easy but can be fun as well! And, when you’re ready to get started, contact the experts here at Northstar Granite and we can help you get started selecting your new, beautiful kitchen countertops!

Granite Showroom

Start By Doing Some Research

The internet is not only a good place to learn about which materials work best in given areas of the home, but it is also a good place to start viewing materials. Our Stone Types page describes many types of stone and where they are generally used in the home.

Visit the Showroom

After you’ve done a little research online, stop by our showroom to see the stone slabs in person! This can help you really envision how your new kitchen countertops will look in your home. You can even bring paint swatches or samples of your cabinets or appliances to make sure everything looks good together.

At our showroom you will be able to see samples of available stones as well as learn about pricing. Of course, the price will differ depending on which stone you choose, the edge profile etc.

Get Your Free Estimate

We suggest you request a quote once you have identified a color or two. Submitting a drawing is an important part of getting a quote from us, and our Quote Request page walks you through that process. The more information you provide at this point, the more accurate your quote will be.

Once you receive your quote back from us, review it carefully to ensure that it reflects what you want.

Down Payment

Once you have made your final stone selection and received our updated quote we are ready to proceed with production of your kitchen countertops. All we need before templating and fabrication begins is a signed quote and down payment from you. Upon receiving both of those items, we will put your project into production and you will be enjoying your new kitchen countertops within two weeks!

Other Considerations

While all of this is going on, you should also be selecting your new sink, faucets, backsplash, etc. We will need to know how many holes to drill in the granite, and may need to see a specification sheet on the faucet and sink you choose. Also, decide if you would like to have a granite backsplash or new kitchen island to match your kitchen countertops.
We will walk you through everything, step by step.

Ready to get started finding new kitchen countertops for your Plymouth area home? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops today at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Granite Countertops Quote!