What to consider when Purchasing a Bathroom Counter Top

What to consider when Purchasing a Bathroom Counter Top

It’s surprising to discover just how choosing a simple bathroom counter top can enhance your space…

In our opinion, bathrooms are the most underrated spaces in your home. 

While you may only spend a fraction of your time in this room, it’s also the space that can potentially dictate how your day is going to start or end.  

The elements in your bathroom can create a space of retreat, while enhancing functionality (especially when you’re sharing this space with the entire family!).

The counter top is one of those elements.

As a major part of your space, your bathroom counter top is a focal point in this room. If you’re looking to enhance the look of your bathroom, changing your counter tops might be a great start. 

Here are just a few things you should consider when you’re making this kind of purchase. 

 

Be Considerate of the Space

Your bathroom is much different from any other space in your home. With more plumbing occurring in this space, the bathroom is prone to experiencing more humidity than any other space.

This is one of the biggest things to factors to consider when choosing the right bathroom counter top. 

Porous surfaces will require more maintenance and treatment than solid surfaces. This is something to factor, especially if you’re looking for a counter top that is easy to maintain. 

 

Consider costs of a bathroom counter top

Exotic stone may be a fantastic option for your bathroom counter top. But be mindful that not all natural stone products are made the same!

Consider your budget if this is an option that works for you. While marble offers an incredible finish and can enhance the style of your bathroom, it’s costlier than other exotic stones like quartz and granite. 

 

It’s a lot Different from a kitchen counter top

The functionality will differ greatly from other surfaces like your kitchen. 

While cleaning your kitchen counter top is required once every few months, you’re bathroom counter tops will require more treatment and cleaning than any other space. 

If you opt for natural stone counter tops, you will also have to be mindful about using abrasive cleaning agents, as they can tarnish its finish. 

There may be a lot to consider when it comes to selecting the right bathroom counter top, but if you feel like you’re ever in a pinch, feel free to get in touch with our team!

 

Trends in Countertops for 2020

Trends in Countertops for 2020

Unlike trends in fashion, trends in countertops often have a staying power of years rather than seasons. 

This is incredibly important when you’re embarking on a kitchen or bathroom renovation. An investment as big as new stone countertops not only should achieve a WOW factor in your home, but will possess a timeless finish that will look good and stylish for a lifetime. 

If you’re embarking on a change anytime soon, consider these great trends in countertops. 

Dark and natural hues: A contrasting trend in countertops from the past

The last few years saw bright and airy hues taking over kitchen and bathroom countertops. With more and more homeowners opting for a nature-inspired finish to their homes, there’s more demand dark and naturally coloured countertops to take the stage. 

This isn’t to say that the entire space should possess a dark finish. If you’re installing dark countertops on your kitchen space, opt for light and bright walls to balance the look and achieve the effect of a larger space. 

Matching back splash

There’s something clean and crisp about a unified kitchen design. More and more homeowners are opting for countertops that literally blend with the tiling on the walls and back splash. Marble is often the choice of material with this type of design, as it’s minimalist finish works in all facets of the room. 

The comeback of Terrazzo Tiles

Terrazzo tiles have come a long way since the 70s! The resurgence of this charming and vintage countertop material gives homeowners more creative freedom and added flare in their designs. 

With so many designs and colours to choose from, the use of Terrazzo tiles is a trend that we anticipate will be here to stay. 

Minimalist Designs

There’s something to be said about clean, sleek, and no-fuss countertop designs. The minimalist trend in countertops isn’t limited to just 2020. We’ve seen this trend popping up on our Pinterest and social media feeds since last year…but in honesty, we couldn’t help but put it on this list. 

We feel like it’s a trend that will grow more popular in the years to come. 

Quartz: The timeless trend in countertops

Ahhh, where would we be without quartz! The endless design, colour options, and finishes makes it an end-all-be-all option for homeowners looking to elevate the look of their home.

The versatility of this countertop style is the reason for why it’s on everyone’s “top trending” list, and we can see why!

This countertop material is truly a timeless piece that everyone should add to their home. 

What do you think of our list? Do you think there are some other trends in countertops that we may have missed. We’d love to know what you think. Feel free to comment below. 

Don’t forget! If you’re looking for a reputable exotic stone countertop provider, get in touch with our team at exoticstone@telus.net

 

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Our Tip: Caring for Quartz Counter Tops

Our Tip: Caring for Quartz Counter Tops

Caring for your quartz counter tops is relatively fool-proof and easy. Many clients prefer this type of counter top, not only because of its stylish and modern look, but also due to easy care and maintenance. 

While caring for your quartz counter top is minimal, there are some things you can do to keep it like new.

Cleaning your Quartz Counter Tops Routinely 

Your quartz counter tops rarely require a “deep clean” if you keep it in tip-top shape through regular maintenance. 

This doesn’t mean using “elbow grease” to get every nook and cranny of your counter top. Simply wiping it down with a soft rag and gentle dish soap is all it takes! 

This is also a great way to prevent permanent stains on your counter tops – it is always recommended that you clean spills or stains as soon as you can.  

Gentle Scrubbing is all it takes to Care for your Quartz Counter Top

Quartz counter tops are known for its sleek, polished, and glass-like finish. Because of this, abrasive scrubbing is NOT recommended. Materials like steel wool will actually result in the OPPOSITE of what you’re aiming to achieve. Gentle scrubbing is all it takes to maintain the beautiful glossy sheen of your quartz counter top. 

If you’re looking to clean any hard-to-remove stains, we recommend using soft bristle brush or a plastic scraper (again, make sure to take great care and be gentle!). 

Avoid using Abrasive House-Hold Cleaners with High Acidity

While quartz counter tops are known for their rock-hard durability, we recommend refraining from using abrasive, acidic, and common house-hold cleaners. 

Some chemicals are known to loosen the bonds between the polymer, resin, and stone pieces that all come together to make your beautiful quartz slabs.

A stone-safe quartz or stone polish/cleaner is the best product to use when it comes to deep-cleaning your counter tops. If you do not have these on hand, we recommend using gentle cleaning agents instead. 

Keep your Warranty Close By

Sure, Google might be the best resource for general counter top maintenance and up-keep. But your specific brand or stone-type might require some additional care and maintenance. 

Keep your warranty as a resource – the certificate should specify the best maintenance recommendations. Following them will ensure a long life for your investment. 

Ask the Experts!

These top tips will ensure that you are caring for your quartz counter tops properly. But in truth, nothing beats the tips and tricks of an expert!

If you’re interested in investing in a quartz counter top and have questions about caring and maintaining this type of product, get in touch with our team. 

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White Countertops: Why it’s a good idea

White Countertops: Why it’s a good idea

Many people are afraid of white countertops. There’s this assumption that exposes faults and virtually everything that touches its surface.

But with regular care and maintenance, you can enjoy the modern, sleek, and timeless elements of white stone countertops. 

Before you reconsider your decision, here are just some benefits that white stone countertops have with any space:

Elevating your home layout with white countertops

The bright hue of white countertops can maximise the space of any room. 

Its bright colours reflect plenty of light, allowing the counter tops to naturally brighten a space. The colour is also complementary in nature. This means you can match these types of countertops with any aesthetic, design, or layout!

It’s important to note that white countertops made with exotic stone, do not achieve a purely white solid color. This is due to its unique composition. We find that these subtle variations actually elevate the overall look of the space. It also adds depth to counter tops and reduces the exposure of any faults on its surface.

Maintenance is Easy! 

Many folks assume that white countertops require more care and attention than others. In reality, the maintenance and care is no different from other marble, quartz, or granite countertops (make sure to check out our page to learn more about caring for your stone countertops)

It is true that stains may become permanent if left uncared for, but this would be the case for any exotic stone counter top. 

A simple wipe of a soft rag (with a touch of dish soap) is all it takes to keep your white counter tops in tip-top shape.

With so much design potential and easy maintenance, having white countertops is a great way to add flare into your home. There is definitely no need to be afraid of this bold style! 

Need help choosing the right countertop? Get in touch and one of our team members would be happy to assist you! 

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Installing New Bathroom Countertops: What to Consider

Installing New Bathroom Countertops: What to Consider

When it comes down to style, bathroom countertops have the ability to provide a very luxurious and elegant finish.
 
Bathrooms experience a contrast of different moments. For instance, it’s a hub of activity on weekday mornings when family members are in a mad rush to start the day. Alternatively, they’re also a place to unwind. Because of this, it’s important for your bathroom countertops to have functionality and style.
 
Are you thinking about installing new bathroom countertops for your space?
 
Make sure to keep these factors in mind:
 

Functionality of your Bathroom Countertops

Bathroom countertops don’t go through wear and tear like kitchen countertops. However, they still encounter exposure of different elements. Humidity and high moisture is something to consider when selecting the type of stone. Opt for non-porous material to withstand these elements. It’s also important to consider what finish your bathroom countertop might have. Polished surfaces can be elegant, but it’s also easier to see fingerprints with this type of finish.
 

Consider the Style 

As mentioned above, bathroom countertops are a lot different kitchen countertops. It’s important for it to be functional. But achieving a feeling of calm and stillness is ideal for this kind of space too! Don’t be afraid to look at different styles and lighter colours.
 

Construction of your Bathroom Countertops

Consider the appearance of the countertops in relation to everything else in the space. Match the bathroom countertops with elements like the sink, bath fixtures, and lighting elements.
 

Know Your Budget

Bathroom renovations alone can be quite an investment. Before diving head-first, it’s essential to consider your budget. Better yet, talk to someone who specializes in bathroom counters! Doing this is the best way to achieve the desired look, without blowing your budget.
 
It’s possible to achieve a space that can create a sense of retreat AND help you jump-start your day. If you’re looking for high-quality bathroom countertop options for your next project, get in touch with one of our team members!

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What’s the Difference? Granite Vs. Marble Countertops

What’s the Difference? Granite Vs. Marble Countertops

If you’re installing an exotic stone counter top, chances are, you’ll probably be comparing granite vs marble countertops, two of the most common stone counter top materials that are found in most households. 

They both have the ability to enhance the look of your home, but when it comes to maximizing your investment, which of the two should you choose? 

There are differences that these two countertops styles possess. From style to functionality, here are some comparisons that will help you differentiate between granite vs marble countertops. 

Granite vs Marble Countertops: Their Origins

Both are beautiful exotic stones. So what’s really the difference between the two?

Marble is metamorphosed limestone. It is often the product of when limestone goes through intense heat and pressure. The limestone that recrystallizes, transforming the texture of the rock. This stone has a multitude of uses  – from ornamental fixtures to everyday tiles, marble provides a level of elegance and functionality, making it a great option for households. 

In contrast, granite is composed of a granular igneous rock. It’s durability makes it a great stone for a multitude of different things. From construction to everyday household elements, you’d be surprised with the amount of granite that is found everywhere. 

Durability

As an igneous rock, granite is known for its distinctive properties in durability. It is highly resistant to scratches and stains in comparison to marble. Homeowners must take great care in using knives or sharp utensils, as it can easily dull and be damaged when used on granite countertops. 

Both granite and marble are heat-resistant. However, proper maintenance and sealing is required to ensure the integrity of the surfaces are maintained. 

Price

Granite and marble require professional installation and the price is relatively similar between the two. The price point of both are similar as well. Ultimately, the difference in cost is often due to the quality and availability of the slab. Naturally, the higher the quality of the product, the higher the cost. 

Style

The colour and style of granite can vary from product to product. However, the one thing that is constant is the freckling style that appears due to meddled stones like feldspar and mica. In contrast, the patterning of marble is unique, offering smooth long lines. Marble is often associated with high-end styles and elegance. In contrast, granite is often notable for its functional and common-day uses. 

Maintenance

Both granite and marble require some level of maintenance in order to ensure their longevity. The porous qualities of marble means that it requires more maintenance and care. Homeowners must be prepared to apply sealant to their marble countertops at least twice a year, whereas maintenance for granite countertops can be done once every two years. 

So between granite vs marble countertops, which one is the best option for you? Ultimately, the choice would be dependent on your lifestyle needs and design preferences. Both are fantastic options and additions to your home. Speak to one of our Specialists today, and we can assist in finding the right choice for you. 

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