Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Make New Kitchen Countertops Your Next Home Improvement Project

| | Granite, Kitchen Countertops, Quartz

May is National Home Improvement Month, making it a great time of year to consider a kitchen remodel! And, when you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen, you will no doubt be considering new countertops. At Northstar Granite Tops, we specialize in kitchen countertops for Edina and the surrounding areas and know a thing or two when it comes to picking out the perfect countertops. Some of the most popular choices for kitchen countertops are granite and quartz so we’d like to talk to you about how to pick the perfect granite or quartz countertops for your unique kitchen. It can be one of the most exciting (and stressful!) parts of designing your home remodel. You want to be sure they match your kitchen and that they suit your own personal tastes and style. So how can you be sure you’re picking the right kitchen countertops for your home? We have a few suggestions to consider.kitchen countertops

Bring in Some Samples from Your Kitchen

When looking for new kitchen countertops, it makes sense to bring in samples and swatches from your kitchen. Bring samples of the cabinetry, paint, flooring and your kitchen appliances. That way, you can compare the granite and quartz countertop styles to the other aspects of your kitchen to ensure that everything matches. Making sure your kitchen countertops match the rest of the room, cabinets and appliances from the get-go can save you time, money and a lot of hassle in the long run.

Stop by Our Showroom

When you are picking out new kitchen countertops, you should definitely see the countertop samples in person before you buy. That way, you can see firsthand the styles, colors and patterns you have to choose from. If you just see the countertops online or in a picture, it can be difficult to tell what the true colors or patterns are and how they look in different lighting. Seeing them in person can help you decide what colors and patterns you like best.

Talk to the Experts

If you still are not sure which kitchen countertops to choose for your home, it is always best to talk to the experts. The countertop professionals at Northstar Granite Tops are ready and willing to tell you all about the many countertop options we carry. While we can’t make the decision for you, but we can certainly help guide you in the right direction and give you our expert opinions.

Are you interested in learning more about kitchen countertops for your Edina home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Quote.

Let Me Count the Ways II: Why We Love Granite

| | Granite, Kitchen Countertops

We’ve been giving quartz a lot of attention lately. So we thought we would take some time to talk about granite, our namesake, and the many reasons this natural stone makes such a great choice for kitchen countertops. Granite has a wonderful history and is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials on the market. At Northstar Granite Tops, we specialize in granite kitchen countertops for Plymouth and the surrounding areas and have given much thought to this wonderful material. Some may even say we are the local granite experts! So, here are a few things to consider the next time you are selecting a stone for your new kitchen countertops:

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Unique style. More people are catching on to how effortlessly granite kitchen countertops enhance a kitchen’s style and ambiance. And, no two slabs of granite are exactly alike, meaning every granite counter will look unique and unlike any other. Your granite kitchen countertops will always be unique to you and you’ll never have to worry about walking into your neighbor’s house and seeing your exact granite kitchen countertops.

Durability. With granite, you get a bold, beautiful look that is also incredibly durable and long-lasting.
As a matter of fact, with basic care and cleaning, your granite kitchen countertops could last you several decades. This makes them an excellent investment. And because of their timeless beauty, they will continue to look great for years to come.

Versatility. Thanks to its uniqueness and durability, granite is a great choice for homes and families of all sizes. It adds luxury and elegance to any kitchen and comes in a variety of colors and patterns meaning you are sure to find granite kitchen countertops to match your home’s unique décor.

Bacteria resistance. Granite’s natural resistance to bacteria makes it ideal for rooms like kitchens. You don’t have to worry about buying harsh chemicals to keep your granite kitchen countertops disinfected. This makes cleaning them and keeping them clean quite easy and your cooking area free of chemicals. Just wipe them down on a regular basis and clean up spills as soon as possible after they happen.

Easy maintenance. Keeping your granite kitchen countertops clean is easy! Wipe them down with a mild soap and soft cloth, rinse and dry them. That’s all! And depending on the type of granite you end up choosing, you may not have to reseal them either. We seal them once before we install them and that is probably all they will need for their entire life time.

Are you interested in learning more about granite kitchen countertops for your remodeling project? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us and Request a Free Quote.

Let Me Count the Ways: Why We Love Quartz

| | Quartz

We here at Northstar Granite Tops love quartz as a countertop material for many reasons. From its durability to its timeless elegance and everything in between, we are always happy to install quartz in any Wayzata home. Here are a few of the reasons we think quartz makes a great addition to any room in the home.

Cost. For some, home renovations can prove costly. That’s why you want to ensure the best value for your money. Quartz is a less expensive choice in countertop material that 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.

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Style and appearance. Quartz comes in many colors, and because of the way it’s manufactured, has a uniform look you’ll love. The biggest reason for the recent surge in quartz’s popularity can likely be traced to advances in the man-made stone’s aesthetic. With so many new, great styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the color, texture and pattern you want for your home.

Strength. Quartz countertops will last you for a long while. It is an extremely hard stone that’s durable and scratch resistant.
The trends! Quartz is so popular right now for not only its durability but its style and variety. Some may even say it’s the hottest trend in kitchen countertops right now. And, whatever your kitchen style — contemporary, modern, traditional or other — there’s a quartz countertop for you.

It’s family-friendly. Quartz countertops in your kitchen or bathroom are great for a family of any size. This non-porous material is bacteria-resistant and, as we mentioned, is incredibly durable too. Quartz is even stain-resistant! Quartz has no channels and it never requires sealing, making it much easier to use and maintain. That means you don’t have to worry about kids (or adults) spilling their drinks and ruining your countertops.

There are so many great reasons to choose quartz for your next home remodeling project. And, the experts at Northstar Granite can tell you all about them! Call today for more information about quartz and why it should be your top choice! Also, a free estimate will be provided for your quartz countertops so you will know exactly how much you will spend to have them installed.

Ready to learn more about quartz for your Wayzata home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to Request a Free Quote.

Match Made in Heaven: What Makes Quartz So Perfect for the Kitchen?

| | Kitchen Countertops, Quartz

Quartz is arguably one of the most beautiful and durable choices in material for kitchen countertops. No wonder it’s become so popular! Quartz countertops come in a variety of colors and patterns and make up some of the most eye-catching options in kitchen counters. And, they are incredibly resilient when it comes to stains, making them an excellent choice for one of the messiest rooms in the home. Looking for style that will last? Look no further. At Northstar Granite, we specialize in quartz kitchen countertops in Bloomington and the surrounding areas. Over the years we’ve noticed the growing popularity of quartz in the kitchen, that’s why we’ve come up with this list of what makes quartz kitchen countertops such a success.

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Stylish Variety

In the past, the only knock against quartz was that it lacked the pattern and color variety you get with natural stone. But that’s a moot point nowadays. Quartz kitchen countertops now come in a multitude for styles with slabs with swirls, stunning metallic flecks and unique patterns to make them almost indistinguishable from the natural stone varieties. And, now you can get quartz kitchen countertops with a variety of finishes from sandblasted to polished to embossed. No matter what look you’re going for, there’s sure to be a quartz countertop for you.

Low-Maintenance

Unlike natural stone or wood, quartz kitchen countertops never need to be sealed. Surface stains can be cleaned with simple soap and water. Just make sure you avoid scouring pads which can dull the quartz surface and don’t use any harsh chemicals.

Cleanliness

Where do most bacteria and stains occur? In the kitchen of course! Stains, mold and odor-causing bacteria can’t penetrate the quartz’s surface due to its non-porous nature, making it perfect for the kitchen.

Ease of Design

The average kitchen has so many corners and areas that require a custom surface. Quartz kitchen countertops are a beautiful and flexible solution for the many nooks and crannies of the kitchen. Fabricators are able to create stunning quartz countertops that fit around sinks or curved cabinet ends.

Ready to learn more about what makes quartz so perfect for the kitchen? Allow our team of experts at Northstar Granite to help you find the best countertops for your home. Give us a call and we can tell you all about our many options in quartz countertops in Bloomington and the surrounding areas. Call Northstar Granite today at 320-963-8677 or contact us for a Free Estimate!

Quartz: Fun, Fascinating Facets

| | Quartz

When in the market for Quartz countertops in Plymouth 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 our favorite features that make engineered Quartz countertops so very incredible!

Quartz Countertops Plymouth
  • Quartz is the “man-made” choice for countertops! It is comprised of ground up natural quartz mixed with pigments, polymers and resins. By doing so, quartz countertops obtain a more uniform appearance which is appealing to many people!
  • 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.
  • Quartz is a stunning material with a manufacturing process that allows for a wide range of colors and styles you won’t find in many other countertop options.
  • Quartz is non-porous and therefore easily stands up to oil, juice, wine, coffee and other surface stains.
  • A non-porous surface also means it is resistant to bacteria, making Quartz countertops easy to clean! All you need is a little soap and water.
  • Quartz is also resistant to chips and cracks; but always use a hot pad when setting down something hot on it as it could scorch.

Did you know granite itself is composed of more than 20% natural quartz? Since quartz, the mineral, is a main ingredient in not only granite but the ever growing popular Quartz countertops, we have also compiled a list of some of our favorite fun natural quartz facts!

  • Quartz is a very hard mineral with a Mohs scale hardness rating of 7, that’s just a few steps below the diamond rating!
  • Quartz is known to be one of the most abundant materials on earth’s surface.
  • You’ve seen geodes, right? It is a plain-looking rock with a hollow center, allowing for the formation of crystals, and in most cases these are quartz crystals! When you crack a geode open, you can truly appreciate the beauty of the quartz crystals within.
  • Quartz is a crystal made of silica and oxygen and has been used in objects from computers and radios, to watches and kitchen counters!
  • There are many varieties of quartz including purple amethyst, blue quartz, cactus quartz, chalcedony, rose quartz, smoky quartz among others.

With so much variety in color and style, Quartz countertops can make the perfect complement to a variety of home décor. Allow our team of experts at Northstar Granite Tops to help you find the best countertops for you and your home’s needs. Give us a call and we can tell you more about our many options in Quartz countertops in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. Call Northstar Granite Tops today at 320-963-8677 or contact us for a Free Estimate.