Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Granite Remnants Galore!

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When you are remodeling your kitchen, granite countertops are the perfect choice. Not only is granite a great-looking stone, it’s also bacteria, stain, burn and heat resistant. And while you’re at it, you might want to consider coming to us for granite remnants in the Twin Cities. Granite remnants are a great and cost-effective way to remodel a smaller room in your home, like a bathroom or powder room, without breaking the bank.

So what are granite remnants? They are pieces of granite that are left over after a larger slab has been cut for countertops or other uses. Rather than waste the smaller pieces, Northstar Granite Tops sells these remnants for a reduced price. They are usually reduced in price by about 25%. We have a one-acre yard of granite remnants, so there are plenty for you to choose from.

Granite remnants are also great for other uses, like fireplace surrounds, outdoor fireplaces, table tops, bar tops, end tables and more.

Granite is a great way to add an element of luxury and elegance to any room in your home. Because no two pieces are exactly alike, you are sure to find a unique stone that will complement your home’s décor and your personal style.

Granite remnants are especially great for outdoor projects, like an outdoor fireplace. Granite is incredibly durable and long-lasting, so it’s great for temperature and weather extremes like what we usually experience here in Minnesota. So you won’t have to worry about whether or not the granite will withstand bad weather. The only material that is harder than granite is diamond!

So when you need granite remnants in the Twin Cities, give us a call here at Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us and Request a Free Quote.

Benefits of Granite Countertops

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When you are remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you might have a hard time deciding what kind of stone to use for your countertops or vanity. There are several different options on the market these days, and one of the most popular is granite. We install granite countertops in Maple Grove, so we know a few reasons these are a good fit for just about any home.

Value

No matter how long you plan to live in your home, granite countertops will not depreciate in value. Granite countertops can increase your home’s value by as much as 25 percent. They can be an investment in the future of your home.

Care

Granite countertops are easy to care for. They do need to be resealed every so often, but besides that, regular maintenance is a fairly easy task. Just make sure to wipe up spills after they happen. Use a pot holder underneath a hot dish or pan if it is going to sit on the counter for awhile. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to keep them clean. And there is no need to bleach them because granite countertops are naturally bacteria resistant.

Looks

One of the best things about granite is that no two pieces are exactly alike. Sure, some might look similar, but it is impossible to find two that match exactly. This means you are always guaranteed a unique look and will never have to worry that your granite countertops match your friend’s or neighbor’s countertops.

Durability

When properly cared for and maintained, granite countertops last decades. Granite is the second hardest stone known to man (besides diamonds). So making the investment in them now will pay off in the long run!

For more information on granite countertops in Maple Grove, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us to Request a Free Quote.

Granite is Great: How to Care for Your Countertops

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Granite countertops are a lovely addition for any home. They add elegance and class, and they can even add resale value to your home. We install granite countertops in Minnesota, and we have a few suggestions on how to care for your new countertops after they have been installed. If you care for them properly, they can last for decades.

Always use coasters when you have a drink that has condensation on the outside, especially if you are drinking something with alcohol or a citrus-based juice in it. It is also a good idea to put a pot holder underneath anything that is hot. While granite countertops are heat-resistant, it is still possible to burn them because they are not heat-proof.

Food prep on granite countertops is easy since it is impossible to scratch them. However, we do not recommend cutting food directly on the granite. While this will not damage the granite, it will damage your knife! Granite is the second hardest stone known to man, after diamonds.

Granite countertops are usually stain resistant, but if a liquid does stain them, you can easily remove the stain with a poultice. Oil-based stains can be removed with a mix of baking soda and water, and organic stains can be removed with a mix of 12 percent acetone and baking soda.

When cleaning your granite countertops, be sure to use a non-abrasive cleaner. The countertops should also be sealed at least every year or two to keep them looking their best. You can seal them yourself if you know what you are doing, or you can call in a professional if you have any doubts about how to do seal them properly.

For more information on granite countertops in Minneapolis, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.

Northstar Granite Tops Installed Granite Countertops for KARE 11’s Backyard Remodel

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At Northstar Granite Tops, we are very proud that we were able to be a part of the KARE 11 Backyard remodeling project. Last night, KARE 11 revealed the finished backyard on the 5 o’clock news. We were happy to supply granite and labor for the granite countertops to help complete this project.

KARE 11’s Backyard took about 6 months to plan and 10 weeks to complete. The design was chosen by KARE 11 viewers. The KARE 11 Backyard has been used for more than 30 years as part of news broadcasts. Now that it’s been remodeled, the team hopes to use it as everything from a backdrop to a set. Many cooking features and weather segments will take place in this newly enhanced area.

The redesigned space features a pondless waterfall, stone walkways, a pergola, seating areas, an outdoor fireplace and, most notably, an outdoor kitchen! The Northstar Granite Tops team installed the granite countertop at the bar-style seating area. The outdoor kitchen also features a grill to cook food and a stainless steel refrigerator.

As members of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), we were approached to be a part of the project. BATC was responsible for planning and gathering the companies that would help to complete the backyard remodel. Each fall, BATC hosts the Parade of Homes. The KARE 11 Backyard is entry 11 this year, which people can stop by to tour every Saturday in September from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Congratulations to KARE 11 and everyone who played a part in this remodeling project. It was a fun project and we can’t wait to see it on the news regularly.

If you’re installing an outdoor kitchen, or need your countertops upgraded inside, contact us today by calling 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.

Granite Installer in the News: Write-Up in the Maple Lake Messenger

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We here at Northstar Granite Tops were thrilled to be featured in an article in the Maple Lake Messenger. In case you missed it, the article is a great overview of our business fabricating and installing granite and other natural stone countertops in the Maple Lake area. It’s been a couple of months since the article was published, but it contains a lot of good information that is worth sharing.

A few of the article’s highlights:

  • We are an eco-friendly company. We have a closed-loop water recycling system, and we recycle 100% of our leftover countertop materials. These materials end up being donated to local artisans or crushed to help make road beds for the entire state of Minnesota.
  • We have been located in Maple Lake since 2006, but we have been in business since 2002.
  • When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) visited our facility, they recognized it as a “clean, safe environment for employees and customers.”
  • We have been accredited by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) since 2009. This means we have demonstrated our expertise in our craftsmanship of natural stone, a legitimate concern and focus on worker and customer safety and maintaining ethical and sound business practices.
  • We are one of only 57 Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators in the country and one of only two in Minnesota.
  • The owners, Steve and Rock, are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Steve usually handles the installations and Rock has a hand in just about every template job.
  • Although we are known for fabricating and installing granite, we can also do the same for other natural stones like onyx, soapstone, travertine, marble, engineered quartz and more.
  • Generally speaking, it takes about one day to put new granite countertops in.

So when you need granite countertops fabricated or installed in your Maple Lake home, give us a call at 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.