Renovating Your House to Sell? Start with the Kitchen!

In this day and age, the housing marketing is more competitive than ever. If you don’t sell your house within a few weeks of listing it online your listing will likely be buried under hundreds of new and nicer listings and your chances of finding a buyer dramatically decrease. That’s why it’s important to renovate your house before listing it, so it can compete with the other listings and sell in the shortest amount of time.

By this point you’re probably thinking of starting on your kitchen, but actually you should start on your garage door first (our friends at Sears Garage Doors out in Houston can help you with that.) But this isn’t a garage door blog, it’s a granite blog and I’m about to tell you all about the benefits of renovating your kitchen before you sell.

A newly renovated kitchen is one of the number one things that people look for when they’re house hunting. An old, outdated kitchen is always going to be a red flag in the buyers mind because it means they’re going to have to spend money renovating it themselves. On the other hand, having a newly renovated kitchen with new countertops and cabinets means you can sell your house for even more than what the renovation cost you! Renovating your kitchen before selling is really a win-win situation.

You don’t even have to spend very much renovating your kitchen as long as the end result looks good. Your potential buyers won’t fall in love with your home because the kitchen renovation cost you an arm and a leg, they’ll fall in love with it because it looks amazing! (If you did it right)

And if you’re looking for a company who will transform your kitchen into something that will impress any and all who enter, look no further than Granite Surfaces of Texas! As you can see from our projects gallery, we make kitchens look GOOD! Our expert staff will hold your hand every step of the way while we help give you a kitchen that will have buyers lining up for miles in all directions!

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How to Make Sure your Cabinets Match Your Countertops

The key to making sure your new countertops match your cabinets is simple. Just pick out your countertops first! Since granite, quartz, Dekton, marble, or Curava countertops are all very unique it is a good idea to select your stone, color, and pattern first and then try to match your cabinets to your countertops as they are much more customizable.

Basically, once you select and pay for the perfect countertop material, there’s really no way to go back, but so many things can be done to cabinets to change their appearance (paints, stains, different materials) that the options are pretty much unlimited.

Once you’ve got your countertops selected there’s two different ways to pair them to an awesome set of cabinets in the following bullet points.

·         Contrasting – A contrasting pairing would be when the color of the countertops “contrast” the color of the cabinets. For example, a contrasting pairing would be light countertops and dark cabinets like the ones pictured below.

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·         Complimentary – A complimentary pairing would be the opposite of a contrasting one. This means that the cabinets would be the same color as the countertops such as in a dark on dark or a light on light pairing.

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One final tip that should be of some help to you in your kitchen remodeling journey is that it’s better to look at full slabs of granite, quartz, Dekton, marble, or Curava as they are better representative of the final product you’ll see in your kitchen. Luckily for you, we here at Granite Surfaces of Texas have a full slab yard you can browse to find your perfect countertop surface!

Introducing Curava!

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’re probably already familiar with granite, quartz, and Dekton, but what if I told you that there’s another stone we offer that isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen before?

I’m talking about this cool new countertop surface development out of San Antonio called Curava. Curava is made of mostly recycled glass shards bound in a cement resin binder. It’s is a very low maintenance stone due to it’s composition and doesn’t require annual sealing. Curava is resistant to heat, scratches, and stains. That being said, it’s only heat resistant, not heat proof. Aside from it coming from recycled materials, the best thing about Curava is how COOL it looks! Just take a look at these photos!

Curava is available in 10 different colors (11th color coming soon) and you can view them all right here in our new Curava gallery. Now head on over to the gallery and leave a comment with your favorite Curava color!

How to Clean your New Granite Countertops

You’ve just gotten your new countertops installed. They look great, and you can’t wait to start cooking on them but WAIT! You’ve already spilled something on them and now you’re wondering how to clean it up. Well look no further than this blog post because I’m about to teach you how to take care of your new granite countertops!

                Granite is one of the toughest surfaces out there, but it can still be corroded by acidic solutions like vinegar, Windex, or bleach. It’s best to not use any household cleaners when taking care of your granite. What you should use instead is a warm, soapy water mixture to wipe down stains followed by a clean water rinse.

                You shouldn’t let stains sit either, instead you should clean them up as soon as you notice them so you don’t weaken the granite trying to get the stain off.

                In case you do encounter a bad stain that’s been there for a while you should mix baking soda and water into a paste and cover the stain with it. After the stain is covered with your paste mixture place a sheet of plastic wrap over it and tape the plastic wrap down. Leave it taped down for a couple of days and then use a cloth to wipe the mixture away and rinse with warm water.

                You should also have your countertops professionally resealed every two to four years to keep them looking shiny and new. And that’s all you need to know about cleaning your new granite countertops, so go clean that stain from the beginning of this article up!

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Granite or Quartz?

In the previous blog posts I’ve talked about different types of Quartz and Granite, but you may be wondering “well what’s the difference between the two?”

First things first, granite is a 100% natural stone with lots of colors due to the way its molten materials cool and solidify. Basically there are no two slabs that are the same. Quartz on the other hand is typically 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. Quartz has the look of a natural stone but due to it’s man made origin, it’s a lot more customizable than granite. People typically spend more time looking for the perfect slab of granite whereas the quartz selection process is typically easier because there’s less choices.

The second biggest difference between quartz and granite is the way they’re affected by every-day use. For example, granite is formed under intense heat so it’s naturally resistant to high temperatures. Quartz on the other hand is not. Because quartz isn’t formed the way granite is, it’s a lot more sensitive to heat. You won’t be able to set a hot pot or pan down on quartz because the quartz will warp and it’ll leave marks on your countertop.

Granite and Quartz are both relatively easy to clean. They both require regular cleaning and you shouldn’t let spills settle. The only real difference is that granite should be resealed once a year while quartz doesn’t require resealing.

By this point, you’re probably wondering “so which one should I pick for my kitchen or bathroom?” Honestly it’s all a matter of personal preference. What’s your design scheme like? How much time do you spend in the kitchen? Will heat resistance be an issue you consider when choosing materials? These are all things you should consider when choosing a countertop. Thankfully, your friends at Granite Surfaces of Texas are here to walk you through this journey to finding the perfect natural stone surface.

Silestone N-Boost Performance Tests

If you’ve been reading this blog, it should come at no surprise when I say that Silestone is the best quartz product that you can buy. If you need a reminder though, keep reading!

In the video below, the fine folks over at Cosentino preform four different tests on a regular piece of quartz, and a piece of quartz treated with Silestone’s N-Boost. The tests are pretty standard in the sense that they test normal conditions that kitchen countertops are subjected to.

The first test measures water traces on black and white surfaces when held at an angle. We’re able to clearly see that water slides right off the Silestone, but sticks to the regular quartz.

The second test measures the material’s “pearl effect.” This is basically how many wipe passes it takes to clean water off the surface. It should come at no surprise that Silestone N-Boost dries immediately while the regular Quartz surface is still wet after multiple wipe passes.

The third test is the finger print test. The finger prints on standard quartz are still visible after a cloth wipe down while the Silestone N-Boost prints disappear after a single wipe pass.

The last test is probably the most impressive. This is to measure how well wine stains come off after drying for 24 hours. The stains on the Silestone N-Boosted Quartz are removed using water and a single wipe pass while the standard quartz retains the wine stains after water and multiple wipe passes.

As impressive as these tests are to read about, they’re even better to watch so check out the video below and then give us a call at (281)-495-6555 for your Silestone Quartz!

What is Silestone? Why do I Need It?

Silestone by Cosentino’s new collection “Eternal,” mimics the look of quartz using a nano-based treatment of the surface to eliminate micro-porosity. This nano-boost or “N-Boost,” as Cosentino calls it increases stain resistance and shine while also promising more saturated color, luster, and durability.

In short, Quartz is in right now. Silestone is basically the best quartz material you’ll find, only better. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below to see some stunning Silestone Quartz countertops and learn about why this surface is so special.


Still not convinced? Stop by our office at 13122 Mula Ct. in Stafford, TX. 77477. We’ll be happy to walk you through the showroom so you can see the beauty of Silestone by Cosentino up close.

What is Sensa Granite?

As you’re browsing our Granite offerings you may be thinking to yourself, “This all looks nice but what does Sensa even mean?”

Well you’re in luck because I’m about to break it down for you.

Sensa granite is maintenance-free, premium natural granite brought to you by Cosentino, a world leader in the natural stone industry for over eighty years. Sensa granite is treated with a revolutionary stain protection treatment called SenGuard and comes with a 15-year stain warranty.

Benifits:

You can clean the Sensa Granite countertop surface with products like Windex and 409 (ammonia, alkaline or acid cleaners will not damage the SenGuard protection) as well as with products containing bleach.

Hot water, oil, food, or pots and pans do not harm, change, or effect the SenGuard stain protection.

Stain protection is durable and will not wear off as common sealers do over time.

GREENGUARD Certified Safe surface for indoor environment.

Got any more questions? Check out this video on Sensa Granite below.

How is Dekton Made

Dekton is an ultracompact surface developed by Cosentino that boasts extraordinary aesthetic and technical characteristics as well as resistance to scratches and high and low temperatures. It’s almost completely impervious to liquids, extremely stain resistant, and it’s color remains the same over time, even when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the process involved in making this miracle surface.