Granite is Inexpensive

Granite is Inexpensive – Why Not Use It Everywhere?

Granite is a very resilient stone and it’s also relatively inexpensive. It doesn’t stain easily, is available in a variety of colors and designs, and looks luxurious. While you need to be very careful with marble, granite can suffer a considerable amount of wear and tear and still last for ages. After all, there are still over hundred year old buildings around with granite floors, columns, countertops, etc. At Five Star Stone, Inc, we believe that granite can be used almost everywhere. Here are some examples:

Kitchen Islands and Countertops

One would say that granite is ideal for kitchens. Unlike marble, it doesn’t get stained or develop scratches easily. Marble just requires a considerable amount of care while granite would only need to be sealed every once in awhile. Granite can also withstand heat, is water resistant, and very easy to clean. Because of the sheer variety of style and colors, this natural stone can fit into any kind of home. So whether you have a modern, sleek kitchen or an old, country style kitchen, granite would fit right in and give you home a rich, luxurious look.

Backsplashes

If you can use granite for a countertop, why not use it as a backsplash? A kitchen backsplash is a tough barrier between the heat of the stove and cooking area and the wall it stands by. When you cook, oil, water, and other such ingredients can spray onto the wall behind the stove. If the wall is bare, it will be covered with unsightly stains. If you install a backsplash, you can simply wipe the spray.

Granite is a great material for this. It is heat resistant to a large extent, it doesn’t stain easily, and it’s easy to clean. It will withstand all the abuse that a backsplash has to endure. Moreover, if your countertop and the backsplash are granite, you have continuity in design.

Kitchen Islands and Countertops - Backsplash

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Bathroom

As we mentioned before, granite is quite resistant to water. It’s not as porous as marble, so it’s unlikely to develop water stains. That makes it a great material for a bathroom vanity countertop. Granite is resilient enough to endure regular use, which means that you can use it in your master bathroom easily. This stone is very easy to clean and maintain. It doesn’t encourage mold either, so it’s a great addition to any bathroom. It doesn’t hurt that granite is stunning to look at. Your bathroom would look great too.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces are often the centerpiece or the highlight of your living room. It’s a place people gather around and relax. A granite mantle would immediately catch the eye and attract compliments. There’s something about granite that looks so sophisticated and rich. It would be a great addition to any home. It you’re planning to add a fireplace and a mantle to create drama and attract attention, granite is the way to go. As the stone is quite heat resistant, you won’t have to worry about it being damaged or cracking.

Table and Desk Tops

Do you want to make your desk or your dining table interesting and unique? Add a granite top to it. You’ll get enduring value and a wonderful piece of furniture. Granite is completely at home in a formal dining room, a bustling kitchen, and an elegant study or home office. In fact, a granite top desk would add a level of sophistication to your home office that even a best ornate desk wouldn’t achieve.

Granite Table and Desk Tops

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Floor and Accents

Granite can be used to make your flooring interesting. You can install granite tiles on your floors or add medallions in the center of the room. That would bring elegance and drama to your home and definitely make it stand out. You can use them on the floors in several rooms, or add it to your walls as accents and decoration.

As you can see, your imagination is the only limit for how you use granite in your home. The stone is just so naturally beautiful and versatile that you can use it for almost anything. If you have more questions, call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or just fill this contact us form and we’ll get back to you.

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What is Granite Etching?

Granite is very beautiful without any embellishments needed. That’s why it’s one of the most popular countertop materials amongst homeowners. This popularity means that if you want to stand out and install countertops unique to your home, you’re out of luck. There are very few countertop options out there that would let you customize it to some extent. The most you can do is choose different granite edge profiles and shapes.

But is that true? Have you heard of granite etching? It might help you customize and personalize your kitchen countertop.

What is Granite Etching? 

Etching is essentially drawing on polished granite. The stone is expensive so people are hesitant to engrave or etch it in anyway. However, the effect can be great. You might think that etching would damage it, but there are granite artifacts with etching all around the world. They’re hundreds of years old and still very much intact.

Artists out there can create beautiful designs, portraits, and patterns on granite with etching. The process is widely used for several purposes so why not in bathrooms and kitchen counters?

How is it Done?

There are several ways to etch granite:

  • In small projects, granite can be etched by hand using a diamond tipped tool. This is usually used in monuments and other such structures. This is one of the oldest methods to etch granite and has been used to create stunning art for several years now.
  • Laser can also be used to etch granite. The slab is placed in the machine, a design is programmed into it, and the laser imprints that design onto the granite.
  • Another process used to carve designs onto the marble is acid etching. In this process, an acid-retardant is applied to the polished granite surface, and the design is carved into it. After that, a strong acid is carefully applied to the surface. After the acid has had its effect, the surface is cleaned and the retardant is removed.

There are other methods, but these are most commonly used. The results are stunning designs that look like they’ve been drawn on paper or are a part of the stone.

 

Where Can it be Used? 

The applications of etched granite are nearly limitless. You can use it on your fireplace as a beautiful veneer. Some people also place designs on granite floors. You’ll find them in large corporate building entrances. The beautiful floors that you assumed were tiles are actually etched granite.

Similarly, you can use etched granite on your kitchen countertops. Etching doesn’t really compromise the stone enough for you to worry. You can carry out the regular sealing process, and your countertops would look stunning at all times. They still continue to be as resilient as regular granite.

If you want something that would stand out and grab attention, you can try this option. There’s really no limit to the kind of designs and patterns you can add to your countertops with etching.

Things to Keep in Mind 

There are several things you need to keep in mind before you purchase etched granite countertops. Consider the following points:

  • Etching looks best on darker pieces, especially black granite. If you want the full effect, you will need to purchase black granite.
  • The countertop would require all the care that granite countertops need. It’s a good idea to seal it regularly to maintain its looks.
  • It’s also a good idea to choose a discreet, understated design that would go along with your general home décor.

If you want something new and interesting, etched granite might just be a solution for you. If you have more questions, call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or just fill this contact us form and we’ll get back to you.

Sink Styles for Granite Countertops

6 Most Popular Sink Styles for Granite Countertops

Granite countertops exude luxury and classic style. Great countertops also need to be complemented by great sinks and faucets as there should be a general continuity in design. However, design isn’t the only thing you should consider. Functionality and durability is also important. Ideally, a kitchen sink should last for several years and be able to handle a lot of wear and tear. Your sense of design, the style of countertop, and your budget should be the deciding factors when you’re selecting a sink.

1) Undermount Sinks 

When it comes to kitchen sinks, the undermount sink is perhaps the most popular style. It goes well with granite countertops because the heaviness of the natural stone keeps it in place. These sinks also give a seamless, undisrupted look to your countertop.

Today, undermount sinks are the natural choice. They not only look good, but are also functional. You can easily clean your countertops and slide the dirt and food crumbs straight into the sink. Moreover, these sinks come in different styles and designs, so you have no shortage of choice.

2) Top Mount Sinks 

Top mounted sinks aren’t as common today as they were several years ago. People who have laminate countertops have no other option but to use them. They are marginally lower in cost but the difference is negligible enough that most people buy undermount sinks anyway.

3 ) Stainless Steel 

Stainless steel is, by far, the most preferred material for kitchen sinks today. The material is durable as it doesn’t rust, chip or get damaged easily. It is generally available in two different finishes. The high-gloss finish is somewhat less popular than the satin one, mostly because scratches and wear is less apparent on it.

Stainless steel sinks come in different levels of thickness. Lower gauge sinks are thicker and more durable. Most also come with sound dampening pads. They go very well with granite countertops.

Sink Styles for Granite Countertops

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4) Composite Granite Sinks 

Made from 80% crushed granite and 20% epoxy resins, these sinks are becoming increasingly popular. They come in different colors and are very durable. The can bear a very high amount of heat and are scratch resistant. You can also clean and maintain them easily. They are slightly more expensive, though manufactures are now producing more affordable composite granite sinks. 

5) Enamel-Coated Cast Iron Sinks 

These are very elegant, giving your kitchen a softer, more natural look compared to steel ones. These sinks used to be very popular at one point of time; but newer, more affordable and durable sinks have pushed them into the background. They’re very heavy and expensive, but fit well with granite countertops.

 6) Copper Sinks 

If you’re looking for elegance with a rustic, earthy feel, you should take a look at copper sinks. They come in different designs and intricate patterns can be carved on them. These sinks are also becoming increasingly popular.

Sink Styles for Granite Countertops

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For more information, you can call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or contact us and we’ll get back to you.

 

 

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Counter Culture – New Accessories for Your Granite Countertops

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the selection of granite countertops for kitchens. At the same time there have been many new innovations in lighting and increasing use of natural stone, wood and ceramic tile to enhance both the beauty and function of your kitchen. Here are just a few of the latest products and features available to help your new granite kitchen countertops look and perform their best.

 LED Accent Lighting To Match Your Granite Countertops

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Kitchen LED Lighting

There are a variety of new kitchen lighting options available that can help highlight the beauty of your Clearwater granite kitchen countertops as well as maximize their benefits. For a dramatically lit eat-in kitchen island consider a series of LED pendant lights above the island and strip lights running under the lip of the counter. Strip lighting under your cabinets also adds a dramatic look to your countertops and allows you to us your kitchen without having to turn all the lights on. Having your lights wired for different zones and using dimmer switches allows you to save energy by providing just the right amount of light where and when you need it.

Mosaic Tile Backsplashes

 

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Mosaic tile backsplash above a range top.

Creating mosaic tile designs was once a tedious process that required the work of a skilled craftsman to plan, cut and set the tiles. Many eye-catching pre mounted tile mosaics are now available that can give your kitchen an old world charm or a modern look. Pre mounted patterns using a mix of ceramic and glass or natural stone can add an earthy natural look or a sleek modern feel to your kitchen decor. A tile mosaic or pattern that includes tiles that match your granite is a perfect way to make your countertops’ color really pop.

 

Commercial Grade Cutting Boards and Draining Racks

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Sink with integrated cutting boards and strainer from Kohler. Image credit: Kohler

 

Integrated cutting boards, strainers, prep sinks and pull-out spray faucets are just some of the professional kitchen accessories finding their way into new kitchen designs. Many contemporary kitchens are featuring simple bold lines along with rugged looking professional grade appliances and accessories.

 

Mixing Countertop Materials

 

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Mixed wood and granite kitchen island countertop.

Mixing different countertop materials is a reflection of a wider trend in contemporary design to combine very simple unadorned lines with a variety of materials. Using surfaces made from natural stone, manufactured quartz, wood and glass in combination makes a visually stimulating yet simple design. You can add to the beauty of your natural stone countertops by contrasting them with a raised mahogany bar or cutting block.