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Kitchen Countertops: Quartz vs. Granite

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Kitchen Countertops: Quartz vs. Granite

So, you’re going to upgrade your kitchen countertops. If you’ve started your research, you’ve probably come to a crossroads: granite or quartz (more accurately, engineered quartz)? To find the answer, you’ve come to the right place! We are kitchen countertop experts and in this blog we’ll review some of the characteristics that make each choice unique. It’s a kitchen countertop competition!

All-Natural

Round one: It’s between granite and quartz for your kitchen countertops. Who’s the tree-hugger?

  • Granite: It’s formed deep in the earth’s crust, by natural forces. Granite is the result of magma cooling between rocks, and compacting under immense pressure and heat. It is exhumed, polished, cut and delivered to your home. check_mark_green
  • Quartz: It does form naturally, however the quartz that would be installed in your home is an engineered stone. This means that it is made up of crushed quartz, and has epoxy resins added to bind the quartz together.

Maintenance

Round two: Between granite and quartz, which one would spend more time getting ready for a date?

  • Granite: Due to granite’s composition, it has small spaces between minerals that need to be periodically maintained.  This means resealing your granite countertops every 1-4 years depending on how frequently you use your counters.  If you frequently dine out, you may only need to reseal once every 4 years. Granite is a durable material that is very  scratch and chip resistant.
  • Quartz: Due to the way quartz is engineered, it is virtually maintenance-free. The epoxy resins fill the voids between the quartz crystals making the countertops nonporous, and never in need of sealing. Quartz is every bit as scratch and chip resistant as granite. check_mark_green

Beauty

Round three: Mirror, mirror on the wall, is granite or quartz the fairest natural stone of them all?

  • Granite: It comes in almost any color you can think of, sure to match any home’s décor! Granite’s natural, mineral make-up is intriguing to the eye. check_mark_green
  • Quartz: It is available in an assortment of fun patterns! Quartz gives you the opportunity to be bold and make a statement with your new kitchen countertops. check_mark_green

We have a tie! At the end of the day, it’s up to you and your personal preferences. You have to decide for yourself which kitchen countertop material is best for your home and lifestyle. We, at Northstar Granite Tops, are thrilled to help guide you through this exciting time in your life. We have experts eager to answer your questions and help you make a decision about the perfect kitchen countertops for you!

Do you live in the Minneapolis/ St Paul metro area? If so, then call us to get started at 320-963-8677 or Click Here to Receive a Free Quote!

Kitchen Counters for Minnetonka Residents

| | Kitchen Countertops

Are you looking to upgrade the kitchen counters in your Minnetonka home? If you’re still looking at Formica from 1971, let a professional Minnetonka kitchen counters expert leave you with the following advice: Natural stone countertops are the perfect way to breathe new life into your kitchen counters. We, at Northstar Granite Tops, have a wide selection of stone types including granite, marble and more!

Durable Kitchen Counters

Natural stone makes the perfect kitchen countertops because it is durable, as it’s formed in nature, by natural forces. Most stone is compressed and compacted by extreme heat and pressure. Your regular day-to-day usage of your kitchen counters will not result in any visible wear and tear. Natural stone countertops, installed correctly by a professional Minnetonka kitchen counters installer, will last for many years. These types of kitchen counters are perfect for families with children, or those who need a durable countertop due to frequent use.

Easy Maintenance

Kitchen counters are probably one of the most commonly used surfaces in your home. You probably prepare meals there, store appliances on top of them and maybe even do the morning crossword there. All this usage, however, means cleaning them often. The good news with natural stone is it’s easy to clean. Due to its composition, it is extremely resistant to mold or bacteria, making it the perfect solution for a countertop that comes in contact with food. You can trust your family’s health with these types of kitchen counters.  Natural stone may need to be resealed during its lifetime, but beyond that, regular cleaning is no more than using soap and water. Have a discussion with a local kitchen counters installer to have these installed in your home.

Upgrade your kitchen counters today by calling 320-963-8677 or receive a free quote by filling out our Online Form.

Plymouth Granite Countertops: Granite by the Letters

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Plymouth MN Granite CountertopsAccording to Wikipedia, the word “granite” comes from the Latin “granum,” which references the rock’s coarse-grained structure. However, Northstar Granite Tops thinks maybe all you need to know about granite countertops for your Plymouth or Twin Cities MN home is in the word “granite.” All one has to do is take one letter at a time.

So, here is everything you need to know about granite countertops:

Gorgeous

There is no such thing as “ugly” granite countertops. No matter what slab you pick for your Plymouth or Twin Cities home, you’re sure to receive a final product that is gorgeous. Your counters will be so gorgeous, in fact, that they will be the centerpiece of the room where they are installed. No one will be able to not notice your new gorgeous granite countertops.

Resistant

When you want countertops in your Plymouth or Twin Cities home that are able to stand up to scratches, heat and impacts, granite is the top choice. Thanks to its structure, composition and origins, granite is highly resistant to damages and won’t harbor bacteria or germs. While they require infrequent maintenance and sealing, granite still stands above other natural stones in terms of resistance and durability.

Alluring

Granite is the No. 1 alluring natural stone for homes in the Plymouth/Twin Cities area. Why? Here’s what Lifestyle Longue said about granite:

The elegance offered by them can hardly be matched by any other material. In fact, such is the appeal of these countertops that you would be encouraged to cook up a luscious meal for dinner, just by having a look at them.

Natural

Granite is a naturally-made stone, and it’s composition is a main reason for its durability (see above). The stone is formed over millions of years, starting out as compressed, molten rock under the Earth’s surface. Eventually, it makes its way up to the surface, where it’s manufactured and fabricated for use in Plymouth and Twin Cities metro homes.

Incomparable

The benefits of granite cannot be overstated. It’s a truly incomparable natural stone, thanks to its durability, elegance, luster and availability. Granite is always in style, and no matter when or where you install granite countertops, they’re sure to look great.

Tailor-Made

No two granite slabs are the same. Each slab has unique crystals, depths and variations in color. The slab that’s fabricated for use in your Plymouth or Twin Cities home will truly be one of a kind, and you can be assured that no one will ever truly have countertops like yours.

Eternal

Want a natural stone that will last you a lifetime, or two? Granite is the obvious choice. As noted above, granite is highly durable and capable of withstanding heat, scratching and impacts. However, it takes a lot to damage granite and because of this, the new countertops you put in your home are sure to last you for years and years to come.

Northstar Granite Tops are Plymouth granite countertops experts. Let us help you. Give us a call at 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.

Northstar Granite Tops Unveils New Website

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nsg-new-siteOur new website has been quite an undertaking. But, we’re happy to finally unveil it.

On the new Northstar Granite Tops, you will find more resources than what was previously available. There are page available regarding edge profiles, sink options, FAQs, videos, suppliers and much more.

For our stone selections, we’ve broken each stone into an individual page. You’ll be able to find out more information than what was previously available, including pictures of stones we have at our Maple Grove showroom.

We are very proud of the new look, and we hope you enjoy it as well. If you have any questions or comments, let us know by calling us at 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.

Minnesota Granite Countertops: Avoiding & Removing Stains

| | Granite, Tips

Having brand-new granite countertops in your Minnesota home is a lovely thing. However, it’s important to keep them looking their absolute best. Luckily, granite is very durable. However, it’s not invulnerable and can be stained.

Keep your granite counters clean

The best way to avoid stains is to keep your counters looking impeccable. You can purchase a cleaner designed specifically for granite countertops. These can be purchased at any local home improvement store. You can also take a DIY approach by mixing dishwashing soap with warm water. Clean the counters with this combination, and then rinse them off with clean water.

Oil based stains

If you have a stain that’s oil based (i.e. grease), you can remove it by creating a paste of flour or molding plaster and hydrogen peroxide. Place the mixture over the stain, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrape off the paste with a countertop safe tool and inspect it. If a stain is deep in the stone, it might be necessary to do this again.

Organic stains

Organic stains (coffee, tea, etc.) can be removed with a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and one to two drops of ammonia. Rub this on the granite until the stain is eradicated.

Other stains

If you have an ink or marker stain, you can remove it with acetone. Apply the cleaner to a clean cloth and rub it in circular motion on the ink until removed. You can purchase the acetone at a hardware or home improvement store. Handle according to the manufacturer’s instruction.

Never resort to using acid-based cleaners or scouring products to remove stubborn stains. These products can damage the surface. If you have a stubborn stain, then give us a call at 320-963-8677 and we can help.

Sealing

Another way to prevent stains from occurring is to seal your counters every one to two years. If drops of water are failing to bead on the counter’s surface, it’s time to have it resealed.

Questions about granite countertops in your Minnesota home? Call us now at 320-963-8677 or Click Here to Request a Free Estimate.