Friday, July 6, 2018

Homeowners Love Granite Kitchen Countertops

Are you planning a kitchen remodel in the near future? Are you considering Granite for your countertops? No matter what material you are considering we will give you the reasons why granite is and has been the popular choice among homeowners. Two well know reasons are because of their natural beauty and minimal maintenance. Keep reading to learn why more and more homeowners are installing granite countertops in their homes. 

Granite Slabs are Unique

For homeowners looking for a countertop surface design that’s completely unique to their home, granite can be a great material. All granite slabs are unique.
Granite comes in many different colors to fit your design preferences and the interior design of your home. For example, black granite countertops give your kitchen a touch of sophistication and luxury. 

Adds Value to Your Home

Whether you are looking to sell your home in the near future or you are planning on staying in your home for many years to come, there are many benefits of granite countertops. Not only do granite countertops add a classic ambiance to any kitchen, but they are also attractive to prospective home-buyers. For example, if a home-buyer is looking at two similar houses in the same price bracket, they are more likely to choose the home with newly-installed granite countertops
According to HGTV, minor kitchen remodels (like granite countertop installation) offer a return on investment of approximately 92.9%. To determine if granite countertops are the best kitchen remodel for your money, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your options. Replacing kitchen countertops can help improve the look of your home for years to come.
Low Maintenance Countertops
Maintenance for granite countertops is minimal. Simply clean your countertops with hot water and mild soap. Since granite is less porous than other countertop materials, such as marble, the chance of staining is significantly less. However, if you do stain the surface of your granite countertop, we recommend that you make a paste out of baking soda and water and gently try to scrub the stain out with a soft washcloth. This simple trick takes care of most granite countertop stains.
Sanitary Surfaces
Granite countertops are resistant against bacterial contamination. This means that you can prepare and cook with confidence, knowing that your family is protected from strains of bacteria living on your countertop surfaces. Of course, it’s also important to exercise food safety habits, such as cleaning kitchen countertops before and after use meal preparation and cooking.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Granite Myths

The longer something is popular, the easier it is for myths to grow about it. This is certainly true for granite. As granite continues to stand the test of time as a favorite for countertops so too do the myths grow about whether or not it is the best natural stone material on the market. Addressing the myths certainly won’t solve that dilemma – there are many natural stone countertops to choose from and all of them have their own attributes, but it will set the record straight. 

1) Granite is trendy. There is a difference between trendy and popular. Trendy implies that something is currently in style but that its status is easily changeable, like the shifting trends in runway fashions or technology. The "trend" toward granite countertops, if one can call it such,has lasted much longer than a trend. It has spanned decades.Granite countertops have become a staple in today's homes.A sign of sophisticated upgrade or solid investment n functional home decor. For those who worry that granite will become a sign that their home is"dated", consider that granite is a material that lasts a lifetime. It doesn't age or become less beautiful over time. These are not attributes of trends but rather qualities homeowners continue to look for when they choose materials for their homes.  

2) Granite is expensive. It is true that there are less expensive alternatives to granite, such as prefab, laminate or tile. However, given the continuing popularity of granite, it is actively harvested from quarries around the world. This abundant supply translates to relatively lower costs to the consumer in comparison to natural stones that are more rare or difficult to access. As granite has remained a top choice for so long, the costs per square foot have continued to go down. Additionally, granite is an investment that will continue to pay returns as it increases a home’s resale appeal and will not need to be replaced or repaired when cared for properly.

3) Granite is high maintenance. Granite is stain, scratch, heat and chemical resistant. It is among the hardest countertop materials available and is not easily damaged. To maintain it, sealing is important; however, contrary to common myths, granite does not need to be sealed often. In fact, there are sealants that give a lifetime warranty against staining with just one single application. Some granites don’t require any sealing at all. On a daily basis, dusting, wiping up spills and using potholders or trivets are the extent of maintenance and these are common to most countertop materials.

4) Granite is the most beautiful. Not all myths are false, and granite is certainly beautiful. The crystals within this natural stone formed over thousands of years, catching and reflecting light. Granite is rich and complex with flecks and pebbles in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Each slab is uniquely made by Mother Nature. Whether granite is the most beautiful of natural stones is a matter of taste, but granite is undeniably striking in any application - as countertops, wall cladding and even flooring – and with any finish, from highly polished or honed the beauty of granite is timeless.

Myths aside, granite remains Southwest Granite's most popular surface choice because of its durability and beauty. It may be trendy, but it’s a proven trend that is here to stay. It is a safe and smart investment for your home that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Chiseled Edge Granite Countertops Rock!

"Chiseled Edge" also known as "Raw Edge" is a Natural Beauty

When it comes to selecting the perfect granite countertop for your home, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. Besides picking color, style, finish, and making sure that your new granite countertop matches your cabinets and other fixtures, you also have to choose an edge for your granite. There are several edge options to choose from when selecting granite countertops, including bullnose, bevel, and straight edges. But there is another option that will add unique character to your kitchen and that edge is called " chiseled edge" or "raw edge". 
Chiseled edge will bring a very different look to your granite countertops than bullnose, bevel, or other edges, lending your kitchen a more natural or rustic appearance. This obviously isn’t right for every kitchen, but it can be surprisingly versatile, bringing a more organic feeling to kitchens that might otherwise feel too cold or industrial, or accentuating beautifully more warm, rugged, or rustic d├ęcor. Chiseled edged granite is also perfect for outdoor kitchens, where its rugged and natural appearance make it an ideal fit.
While the chiseled/raw edge may make granite countertops look like the slabs were just snapped off, if that was what actually happened they would make a much less aesthetically satisfying and much less practical finish. So instead, the raw edge effect is created by chiseling the edges off the granite slab, with a tool or machine.This creates a ragged but also sufficiently uniform edge that looks natural but is safe from sharp spurs or other imperfections. 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Whats Popular now in Kitchen Design?

What's popular now in kitchen design? 

White is what's popular in kitchens! 

Brighten up your kitchen with white cabinets and accents or modernize your kitchen with white countertops and cabinets.  So many options... mix up cabinet color for you unique kitchen design. 

But always choose granite or quartz countertops for quality, beauty and durability. 

At Southwest Granite we will go over your options, design, functionality, and flow. We will work within your budget and will help design and deliver the kitchen of your dreams! Southwest Granite

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Gathering Place

We spend so much time in our kitchens, it's the gathering place, its the place where we make meals,its the place where our kids do their homework, and so much more. 

Today it's more affordable than ever to have a kitchen you're proud of, to have a kitchen that is clean and functional. Tiled countertops are a thing of the past... get rid of the dirty grout and the bacteria holding materials! Go Natural with Granite! Granite is the healthiest, cleanest material for your kitchen countertop and is recommended by designers and fabricators around the world.

Call us today for your free estimate on Natural Stone countertops.  951-296-6600

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen Islands give Beauty, Durability and Function to Kitchens of all shapes and sizes. 

An island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and, with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit. 

A kitchen island is often seen as an extension of your countertops. Many times, people crowd their countertops with appliances, dishes, utensils, and more, leaving little room to prepare food. This is where a kitchen island comes in. It creates additional countertop space with vital storage underneath.

If you have the extra room, you might want to consider adding a combination kitchen island/breakfast bar to your space. This combination is considered the ultimate kitchen furniture when it comes to multitasking in the kitchen. A kitchen island with a breakfast bar allows you to have the extra storage space you need for food prep, and a table to bring everyone together. In fact, many individuals with kids choose this option, as it allows the kids to visit or work on homework while their parents are preparing dinner and helping.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer is the Perfect Season for a Kitchen Remodel

You’ve come to the conclusion that you need to remodel your kitchen, and you’re trying to figure out when the best time to do this would be. There are a lot of factors you need to take into consideration when thinking about a remodel, and timing is everything. Fortunately, it’s summer, and aside from being a great season in general, it’s also the perfect time to remodel, especially when the remodeling is taking place in your kitchen. Keep reading to discover the five reasons you should consider remodeling your kitchen during the summer, from ease of cooking and ventilation benefits to more available materials and contractors, as well as the benefit of having less interruptions.

Cooking & Entertaining
Summer is definitely a great season for picnics, swim parties, hosting BBQs and entertaining. Fortunately, all of these events take place outdoors and not in your kitchen. This gives you ample opportunity to tear the kitchen apart to get to work on your dream kitchen remodeling project, while still being able to eat and entertain during the project, as the weather is much more forgiving than in the spring and fall months. In fact, with the right grill – meaning one that has side burners – you won’t need your kitchen at all to prepare delicious and healthy meals. This is the first reason summer is the perfect time for remodeling your kitchen.
Although many people choose to remodel kitchens during the spring and fall, there is one concern – weather and ventilating. During the summer, you can open the windows and doors to let the dust out, dry paint, tile flooring, and granite countertop installations. Each of these events can be difficult to contend with during the spring and fall months, when the weather is wet and/or cold, and difficult to deal with. Summer allows for warm dry air most of the time, which helps during the remodeling process.
Family Vacations
If you are choosing a contractor you trust, you have a definite advantage during the summer – going on vacation. Summer is the most popular season for taking a family vacation, going camping, or heading to the golf course. With the family out of the way – so to speak – you and your contractor will be able to work without interruption. Not only does this provide you with a more focused mind, but it allows the project to run more smoothly. This is yet another reason why remodeling a kitchen during the summer is a great idea.
Natural Lighting
Another great benefit to choosing to remodel your kitchen in the summer is natural lighting. When you are looking at cabinets, granite countertops, and flooring during the spring and fall, you are limited on natural lighting. This means that you are viewing these materials in only fluorescent lighting, which can give you the wrong idea about what color something really is. This allows you to see how your design choices will look when the sunlight is shining through your windows.
Besides, being able to look at things with more natural light allows their natural beauty to shine through. In addition, you will have the ability to close the curtains to see how these materials will look the rest of the year, when sunlight is limited. This allows you to get the exact shades of flooring, granite countertops, and cabinets you desire to complete your kitchen remodeling project.
Remodeling your kitchen is a big decision, and having the right amount of time, the right contractor and the perfect season can make all the difference. As you have learned, spring and fall are the traditional times of year that kitchen remodels take place. However, there are many benefits to having this project completed during the summer. From being able to use your outdoor kitchen during the process, or sending your family on vacation to avoid interruption, to having natural lighting... summer is the perfect season for a kitchen remodel!