Understanding Your Countertop Quote

Are you shopping for countertops for your remodel project or new build? Are you having trouble understanding your countertop quote? Don’t worry; we have you covered. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about countertop quotes.

First things first, you should always get a countertop quote from a few different countertop specialists. Getting multiple quotes will ensure you are getting a fair price for the installation. However, the cheapest quote may not be the best quote. An extremely low quote may look like it will save you money; however, in the end, it could cost you a lot more than other quotes.

Low ball countertop quotes may use inferior materials and basic edge profiles. Furthermore, you should beware of significantly cheaper countertop quotes because the craftsmanship of the installation can be shoddy.

Why Detailed Information is Needed

In order to get an accurate quote, the countertop specialist will need to come to your house and take measurements. The countertop specialist will create a detailed diagram that will include the length and width of your cabinetry/countertops, all window, door, and wall locations, the location of your sink, the location of your appliances (range, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc.), the size of any overhangs, appliance garages, and backsplashes. All angled cuts, curved arcs, radius corners, and seam location preferences will also be drawn on the diagram.

The diagram helps ensure that the countertop fabricator has the information needed to fabricate your countertops. The more detailed the drawing, the more accurate the countertops will be for installation.  For example, seams are typically placed in corners. Seams are used as pressure relief joints, which allows the countertop to expand and contract without shifting. Seams should never be placed around sinks, cooktops, or dishwashers as they can weaken the joint.

The standard size of a slab of natural stone countertop material is 9 feet by 5 feet. The standard depth of cabinets is 24 inches with a 1 ¾ inch overlap, which allows the installer to split the slab in half, thus creating two 9 foot long pieces of countertops.

 

Calculating the Total Square Footage of Countertops

To determine the square footage of countertops needed for the job, the countertop specialist will need the measurements listed above along with the height of the backsplash wanted. The standard height of a backsplash is 4 inches. A backsplash is much more fragile than a piece of countertop due to the height; therefore, a backsplash must be restricted to no longer than 80 inches to reduce the risk of breakage.

If the homeowner prefers a full height backsplash, the height of the backsplash will be approximately 18 inches. However, the countertop specialist will measure from the countertop to the bottom of the upper cabinetry.

The total square footage requires for the countertop is determined by multiplying the length of the countertop and/or backsplash by the width of the countertops and then dividing by 144. To determine the total square footage, you will add the square footage of the countertops and the square footage of the backsplash. The quote will round the square footage up to ensure there is enough countertop material to finish the job.

 

Calculating the Cost of Materials

For example, if the total square footage is 57.63 square feet, the price calculation will use 58 square feet. If the cost of the countertop is $50 per square feet, the total cost of the countertop material would be $2,900. This price covers the basic fabrication and installation charges; however, it does not include customization charges, such as cutouts, radius corners, and edgework.

 

Calculating the Cost of the Edge Profile

Most installers offer two or three free edge profiles. If you decide to opt for a different edge profile, the quote will include an edge profile charge. Countertop specialists price edge profiles by the linear foot. In this example, let’s assume that the cost of Ogee is $12 per linear foot. If there are 22 linear feet of countertop, then the cost for the edge profile would be $12 x 22 linear feet for a total of $264. This would be added to the cost of the material ($2,900 + $264 = $3164).

 

Calculating Miscellaneous Costs

Most countertop installers allow one cutout as a part of the basic install. If additional cutouts are needed, the quote will include them in the miscellaneous charges area of the quote. The cost of this will vary from installer to installer. In this example, we are going to assume that each additional cutout is $250. Radius cuts are also not included in the standard installation fees. Let’s assume that the charge for radius cuts are $25 each and your kitchen or bath requires two, it will add an additional $50 in miscellaneous costs. Using these examples, you can calculate the total miscellaneous costs at $300.

 

The Total Cost of Your Countertop Quote

The total cost of your countertop quote includes the cost of your materials, the cost of your edge profile, and any miscellaneous costs. In this example, the total cost of your countertop quote would be:

$2,900 (material) + $264 (edge profile) + $300 (miscellaneous costs) = $3.464.

 

What Things Affect the Cost of a Countertop Quote?

There are several things that can impact the cost of your new countertops. First, there are numerous types of countertop materials on the market. In addition to this, the rarity of the countertop material can impact the overall cost of your countertop quote.

Many people are surprised to find out that different edge profiles can affect the cost of their countertops. Typically, the countertop quote will include a standard edge profile like ¼ beveled, square, and eased. Other edge profiles, including Ogee, Dupont, and Triple Pencil, will increase the cost of your countertop installation.

The amount of material required, and the number of cutouts needed will impact the overall cost of your countertop installation. For example, if your kitchen or bathroom has a long run of cabinetry, the countertop installation specialist will need to butt two pieces of stone together and join them together. This technique requires skill and takes time, which can increase the overall cost of your countertop quote.

 

How to Minimize the Cost of Your Countertop Quote

If you want to keep your countertop quote affordable, opt for a standard edge rather than a premium edge. Don’t worry, there are many beautiful, yet affordable edges available. You will not need to sacrifice appearance to save money.

Choose a common color to help keep your costs down. Talk with your countertop specialist and ask which countertop options are the most affordable. Typically, the most affordable countertops will be neutral colored, such as brown, white, cream, or gray.

Reduce the number of cutouts and angles in the kitchen or bathroom. Undermount sinks, multi-level islands, and angles in the kitchen all increase the cost of a countertop installation. Decreasing the number of angles and cutouts will reduce the price of your countertop quote.

 

Questions to Ask

Savvy homeowners understand that there are specific questions that must be answered to ensure they are getting exactly what they are expecting. Let’s take a look at some questions you should ask prior to signing a contract or an agreement with a countertop specialist.

 

The Thickness of the Stone

Stone countertops come in both 2 centimeters (3/4 inch) and 3 centimeters (1 ¼ inch) thicknesses. The thinner thickness is less expensive; however, countertop installation companies recommend choosing thicker stone countertops because they are more durable and provide better aesthetics in the kitchen or bathroom.

 

Choosing a Stone Slab

When it comes to choosing a stone countertop, one of the things many people do not consider is whether they have the ability to select the countertop slab that will be used in their home. Choosing your own countertop allows you to look at the full slab to ensure that the pattern continues across the entire slab. Many stone suppliers and home improvement outlets require you to choose a countertop based on a small sample. Unfortunately, the look of the stone can vary greatly from slab to slab, and even from side to side of the slab, which is why you should view and choose your countertop slab.

 

Countertop Sealing

Stone countertops require sealing to help reduce the risk of staining. Some stone countertop installers include sealing in the cost of the installation while others charge extra for this service. Many of today’s high quality sealers provide stain protection for up to 15 years. A stone countertop installer has the knowledge and experience to ensure your stone countertops have been properly sealed; therefore, it is recommended that you have your countertops sealed by a professional.

 

In Summary

Many homeowners call several stone countertop installation companies and choose an installer based on the cost of the countertop quote; however, there are several things that may not be included in the quote, such as the cost of an edge profile upgrade, miscellaneous expenses, and whether the installer seals the countertop.

Understanding a countertop quote and knowing what to look for can help you determine the best installer for your countertop installation. In addition to the information included above, it is always a good idea to check out a company. Ask for examples of their work and references from previous clients. Visit the Better Business Bureau’s website to see the company’s rating and how any complaints are handled. Finally, scour the internet to read reviews on sites like Yelp to find out more information about the company.

 

Most Popular Granite Countertop Colors 2020

Homeowners from around the world prefer granite for their countertops for a plethora of reasons. Granite is a nonporous natural stone that is perfect for high traffic areas like your kitchen or bathroom. Granite countertops provide a clean aesthetic for your overall interior design.

Granite countertops are easy to clean and require very little maintenance. On average, you will need to seal your granite countertop every three to five years. After that, all you need is some warm water, a mild detergent, and a sponge to clean up spills and wipe away crumbs.

Granite is extremely durable and will provide you with many years of enjoyment. It is available in a variety of color variations. With so many options available, choosing a granite color can be overwhelming.  We have gathered the top 20 granite countertop colors for 2020 in one place to help you decide which granite color is best for your home.

 

Colonial White Granite

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Colonial White is quarried in India and features a cloud white background, rose mineral deposits, and black speckles across the surface of the granite. Colonial White granite is favored among homeowners with traditional elements throughout their home. The silvery cloud white background of Colonial White granite warms up predominantly white kitchens and bathrooms to prevent them from appearing cold. If installing Colonial White atop wooden cabinetry, opt for red hued cabinetry like cherry or mahogany to highlight the rose mineral deposits in the stone.

 

Arctic White Granite

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Arctic White is quarried in Finland and features a snow white background with dark taupe, gray and black flecks throughout. This highly reflective white granite features consistent small and large gray grains throughout the slab. Arctic White granite is perfect for those who are looking for an affordable white granite. This gorgeous granite countertop material looks stunning in Art Deco inspired homes. Art Deco is characterized by sleek lines, stainless steel, chrome, and glass. The flecks are dispersed evenly across the granite surface and work perfectly with the stark lines found in Art Deco designs. Pair this gorgeous white granite atop black cabinetry for a striking interior design.

 

Desert Brown

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Desert Brown is quarried in India and is one of the most popular brown granites on the market. The primary color in this granite is brown; however, depending on the slab, the variation in color can range from light, milky coffee brown to medium brown. The granite has a scattering of black minerals dispersed throughout the granite slab. Desert Brown granite is perfect for American Colonial styles that contain both traditional and rustic pieces throughout the home. This style incorporates oil rubbed bronze fixtures, wood cabinetry, and muted colors. Install Desert Brown atop hickory, maple, or cherry cabinetry to create an American Colonial feel to your kitchen and bath.

 

Tan Brown Supreme

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Tan Brown Supreme granite is quarried in India and provides homeowners with a deep chocolate brown. Tan Brown Supreme features a dark brown background with black, gray, and red flecks across the surface of the slab. Tan Brown Supreme granite works with any décor; however, it works extremely well with Artisan interior design. Artisan style incorporates rich wood cabinets, rustic finishes, and colorful rugs. Combining Tan Brown Supreme granite with mahogany or cherry cabinetry brings out the red in the chocolate brown granite while dark oak or dark maple cabinetry will bring out the blacks and grays found in Tan Brown Supreme.

 

Black Pearl

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Black Pearl granite, also listed as Black Labrador, Black Ubatuba, or Silver Pearl, is quarried in India. This amazing black granite features specks of gold, silver, brown, black, gray, and green. Black Pearl is extremely durable and can be used throughout the home. Black Pearl works wonderfully with contemporary kitchen and bathroom designs. Contemporary design uses sleek surfaces like stainless steel and neutral colors like white and black to create a minimal look. Installing Black Pearl atop neutral cabinetry can help you create a sleep modern interior design. Use a variety of accent pieces in a bright color, such as blues or greens.

 

Nero Fantasy

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Nero Fantasy is a gorgeous black and white granite quarried in Italy. Nero Fantasy features a black background with large areas of white swirls with pale gold highlighting the patterns. This countertop is absolutely stunning and will take your kitchen or bathroom to the next level. Nero Fantasy is the perfect choice for Jacobean inspired interior designs. Jacobean interior design embraces luxurious and rich finishes and intricately carved wood. Nero Fantasy, with its opulent look, will create a romantic and ornate kitchen or bathroom. Pair it with oak cabinetry for a truly Renaissance inspired interior design.

 

Sapphire Blue

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Sapphire Blue is a gorgeous granite that is quarried in India. This granite is comprised of flecks of ice blue, pale taupe, and dark gray. This granite increases the warmth in your kitchen and bathroom areas. Sapphire Blue is perfect for homes that embrace the beauty of Palladian design with its arched windows and clean lines throughout the home. Palladian design uses a combination of white or off white with a bluish green accent color. Place Sapphire Blue granite atop white cabinetry to create a gorgeous Greco Roman inspired kitchen or bathroom.

 

Blue Pearl

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Blue Pearl is a granite that is quarried in India. The blue granite features various shades of blues, grays, and blacks to create an absolutely stunning granite slab. Blue Pearl is one of the most popular granite choices on the market. Blue Pearl is a great choice for homes that embrace the Elizabethan interior design. Elizabethan design features natural wood, tiles creating a diamond pattern, colorful tapestries, and elegant black and white floors. Place Blue Pearl granite atop oak or maple cabinetry to create an Elizabethan inspired kitchen or bathroom.

 

Sienna Beige

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Sienna Beige is a rustic, yet beautiful granite quarried in Brazil. Sienna Beige features a white background with dark chocolate brown veins, gray specks, and burgundy accents throughout the slab. Sienna Beige is a neutral, rustic granite that works perfectly with Dutch Renaissance interior design. Dutch Renaissance embraces neutral colors and dark toned woods to create an organic and peaceful home. Curved lines, dark wood tones with hints of white and other cool tones are used to prevent your home from looking dark and dismal. Pairing Sienna Beige with dark oak cabinetry or dark brown or black painted cabinetry will transform your home into the home you have always dreamed of owning.

 

Delicatus Cream

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Delicatus Cream granite is quarried in Brazil and features a gorgeous cream background with beige, brown and black speckles across the entire surface. This durable granite countertop is perfect for high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Delicatus Cream is a great choice for farmhouse designed homes. Farmhouse interior design uses a combination of warm woods, rustic finishes (copper and oil rubbed bronze), and warm whites and off whites to create a soft, inviting interior. In your kitchen and bathroom, place Delicatus Cream atop oak, maple, or painted cabinetry to create a charming and inviting kitchen or bathroom.

 

Rosewood

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Rosewood granite is quarried in the Pudukkottai district in southern India’s Tamil Nadu. Rosewood granite is a reddish pink granite with variations of auburn, gray, and soft black flecks and veins running throughout the slab. The natural stone is extremely durable and instantly warms up your kitchen or bathroom. Rosewood granite is a great choice for Artisan inspired interior design. Artisan interior design utilizes rich wood cabinetry, warm colors, and oil bronze fixtures. Place Rosewood granite atop warm wood cabinetry like mahogany or cherry cabinetry to create a kitchen or bath that showcases the craftsmanship of your cabinetry.

 

Costa Esmeralda

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Costa Esmeralda granite is a beautiful green gray granite quarried from Iran, Italy, and Brazil. Costa Esmeralda is extremely popular in country styled homes. The gorgeous green of Costa Esmeralda is reminiscent of the beautiful greens found in nature and looks amazing when placed atop maple, oak, or white cabinetry. The gold and gray found in the granite adds a touch of elegance to the countertop. To create a country home design in your kitchen and bathroom, choose pine or oak cabinetry, metal finishes like copper or bronze, and clean lines throughout the space. A brick backsplash along with Costa Esmeralda granite countertops will add a touch of warmth to your interior spaces.

 

Verde Bamboo

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Verde Bamboo granite is quarried in Brazil. The granite features diagonal veining running throughout the entire slab. Verde Bamboo granite features a light moss green background color with streaks of black, beige, and dark green running throughout. This amazing granite is perfect in homes that embrace the abstract interior design. Abstract design focuses on unique elements throughout the home. It utilizes clean lines like those found in Verde Bamboo granite and uses bold colors. To create an abstract inspired kitchen or bathroom, place Verde Bamboo granite atop white or maple cabinetry and then fill the space with gorgeous abstract art.

 

 Ruby Velvet

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Ruby Velvet granite is quarried in Brazil and features a deep red background with black and gold veining and grayish blue flecking. The striking beauty of this granite is perfect for Arabian inspired interior design. Arabian interior design exudes elegance and luxury by combining bold colors like reds, turquoise, golds, and pinks with numerous textures. To create an Arabian inspired kitchen or bath, opt for wood cabinetry topped with Ruby Velvet granite. Choose brass and leather cabinet pulls and shiny brass plumbing fixtures to create an air of opulence in your home.

 

Steel Gray

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Steel Gray granite is quarried India and offers a soft, charcoal gray background with flecks of shades of grays, blues, blacks, and browns. The colors work together to create consistent movement and color across the entire granite slab. Steel gray blends seamlessly with Boho chic interior design. Boho chic creates a laid back home. Combine natural wood furniture with statement pieces scattered throughout. To create a Boho chic kitchen or bathroom, place Steel Gray granite atop maple, oak, or walnut cabinetry. Incorporating living plants into your kitchen and bath will create a home reminiscent of the nomadic gypsies who inspired the creation of Boho chic.

 

Mont Bleu

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Mont Bleu granite is quarried in India and features a plethora of unique colors, including lavender, white, beige, blue, and pink. The swirls and veins contained in each marble slab create interest and provide an urban feel in your kitchen and bathrooms. Mont Bleu is perfect for large scale cladding such as fireplace surrounds, shower surrounds, bathroom vanities, kitchen countertops, and island countertops. This stunning granite is perfect for Urban inspired interior design. Urban design embraces exposed brick, pendant lighting, and glossy cabinetry. Place Mont Bleu granite atop walnut cabinetry to create a Soft Industrial interior design in your home.

 

Silver Waves

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Silver Waves granite is quarried in India. The black granite features white and gray veins running across the entire surface of the granite slab. Silver Waves granite is perfect for those who have embraced the Baroque interior design. The undulating veins in this gorgeous granite gives a nod to the opulence and luxury that surround Baroque interior design. Baroque embraces irregular curves, twisted columns, decorative elements, and dark woods. Silver Waves granite’s undulating veins go beautifully with the design elements used in Baroque interior design. Combine Silver Waves granite with dark wood cabinetry like walnut to create a Baroque inspired kitchen or bathroom.

 

Atlantis Granite

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Atlantis granite features a light beige background color with gray, gold, and orange veins running throughout. The granite also features dark brown speckling across the slab. The color scheme found in Atlantis granite is ideal for kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and bathroom vanity tops. The color combination is often used in French Provincial interior design. French Provincial combines both elegant and country elements to create an inviting and warm home. Typically, French Provincial homes feature painted cabinetry. Place Atlantis granite atop white or pale bluish gray cabinetry for a French Provincial inspired kitchen or bathroom.

 

Giallo Vicenza

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Giallo Vicenza is a gorgeous golden granite quarried in Brazil. This natural stone features a golden colored background and is covered in light and dark brown specks across the entire surface of the granite slab. Giallo Vicenza is perfect for Venetian inspired homes. Venetian interior design uses ornate details, rich colors like golds, reds, and purples to create an opulent design. You can create a kitchen or bathroom that looks like it should be in a Venetian home by placing Giallo Vicenza granite countertops on off white cabinetry.

 

Dunes Orient

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Dunes Orient is quarried in Brazil. This amazing purple granite is unlike any other granite on the market. The medium, creamy purple background features veins of pink, gray, red, and beige to create a warm kitchen or bathroom evocative of the Tuscan hillsides. Tuscan design features worn wood or terra cotta tile floors, stained wood, and warm, earthy colors, including purple, beige, golds, and reds. You can create a beautiful kitchen or bathroom resplendent with Italian features like wrought iron, wood ceiling beams, and Dunes Orient granite placed atop richly stained wood cabinets.

 

What is the Most Popular Granite Color?

The most popular granite is one that incorporates neutral colors like black and white, gray, or beige and brown. With the recent upsurge in gray used throughout the home, the most popular granite on the market Nero Fantasy. This black granite has white and gray veins, which allows it to work in a variety of homes across America.

Nero Fantasy can be placed atop rich colored wood cabinets like cherry, walnut, and oak as well as white, gray, or black cabinetry. The neutral color of this granite countertop allows you to coordinate with the décor used throughout your home. Whether your home is a loft in a large city, a cabin in the woods, or a ranch style home in the suburbs, you will love Nero Fantasy.

 

What Color of Granite Is the Best?

Steel Gray granite is one of the best choices for busy homeowners. This gorgeous countertop is a mid-tone gray, which is not too light and not too dark. Steel gray is a low maintenance natural stone that offers amazing stain resistance and scratch resistance.

Steel Gray granite can be used to create contrast in your kitchen or bathroom. It can be paired with white cabinetry, painted cabinetry, or wood cabinetry. Steel Gray granite is available in a number of finishes, including polished, honed, and leathered. Polished is perfect for those who want an eye catching design, while honed and leathered are perfect for those who want a silky smooth countertop that imbues warmth in your kitchen or bathroom.

 

What Is the Most Popular Granite Edge?

Granite can be given a number of edge profiles, including bullnose, round, bevel, Ogee, and waterfall. The type of edge chosen will depend on the look you want to create with your kitchen or bathroom granite countertops.

The most popular granite edge is the quarter round and the quarter bevel. A quarter round edge profile has a slight curve that works great in kitchens and bathrooms. Conversely, a quarter bevel edge profile has an angled edge.

Both of these edge profiles are typically included in the price of a granite countertop installation. Other edge profiles like Ogee and waterfall are not included in the price and will increase installation costs. Therefore, most homeowners opt for quarter round or quarter bevel because they are typically free edges.

 

How to Tell If A Slab of Granite Is Quality

Granite countertops are an investment for your home; therefore, you want to ensure you choose a high quality slab of granite. There are several visual clues that can help you ascertain if the granite is of good quality.

First, look at the granite slab. If you notice any cracks or uneven areas, you should move to a different piece of granite. Even minor crack could eventually form into large cracks. If you find any uneven surfaces, they can be an indication that the granite is of lower quality. If an epoxy has been added to smooth out rough spots, avoid it as the epoxy will yellow over time.

Another visual clue to look for is to ensure that the granite slab has uniform thickness across the entire surface. Measure the thickness across the slab every foot. Granite countertop slabs are cut from large chunks of granite. You want your granite countertop to be at least an inch thick to ensure long term durability.

You can check the quality of the granite’s polish by scratching the surface of the countertop with a coin. If the coin leaves a scratch mark, it will not hold up to the demands of everyday use.

The absorbency of the stone can be checked by a few drops of lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid. If the granite contains a large amount of calcite, the granite will etch when it is exposed to lemon juice. If the lemon juice does not absorb into the granite quickly, the granite will not need to be sealed often, which indicates the granite is of high quality.

 

 White Cabinets with White Countertops

Many homeowners love white countertops and white cabinets. There are several white granite countertop options that pair beautifully with white cabinetry. White granite and white cabinets create a clean, chic aesthetic and will work with almost any interior design.

However, it is important to note that not all white granite is created equally.  First, in nature, there is no pure white granite. So when you hear the words white granite, you must realize that it is a granite with a white or off white background. There will be other colors mixed throughout the granite slab.

White Ice and White Cabinetry

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Colonial White and White Cabinets

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Arctic White and White Cabinets

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When choosing a white granite countertop, you will need to consider the other colors that are mixed throughout the slab and how they will coordinate with the other colors used in your kitchen or bath design.

Conclusion

There are hundreds of different choices when it comes to granite countertops. Choosing the best countertop for your kitchen or bath should be based on the type of cabinets located in your home, the interior design of your home, and the colors that are used throughout your home.

 

We have gathered the top 20 granite colors for 2020 to help you decide on the best color for your kitchen. When you begin shopping for granite countertops, use the information above to help you determine the best type of granite and the best slab of granite for your kitchen and bathroom countertops.

 

Coronavirus on Countertops – Important Coronavirus Update

To all of our readers!

Cleaning your countertops should be done daily due to the Coronavirus or Covid-19! Be sure to follow this guide on cleaning your countertops here. (IMPORTANT) I recommend using denatured alcohol (this amount should last a while) to clean your countertops daily. Use a spray bottle and mix denatured alcohol with water. Fill half and half with both water and denatured alcohol or 3/4 denatured alcohol and 1/4 water. Please note: The stronger your mix the better so I personally use 3/4 denatured alcohol and 1/4 water.

Thank you for visiting our website for information on countertops. We love providing value and information on countertops to educate you on maintenance and the different types of countertops available.

Today’s post is a little different.

Please be sure to use denatured alcohol on your countertops as well as disinfecting cabinet hardware (drawer pulls) as well as doorknobs, locks, microwaves and anything you touch with a spray disinfectant. Coronavirus spreads through contact and can live on a hard surface for several days according to new information I’ve found.

Also, be sure to wash your hands as often as you can and refrain from touching your face.

The President has advised that we keep groups small and in my opinion, should be limited to individual families as in your immediate family. This will prevent the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Unfortunately, we need to stick to this until the war on Coronavirus is over and we all need to be proactive and spread the word.

I know many people are hearing different things about the Coronavirus and a lot of this information may be true or untrue. Regardless if the information is true or not we should be proactive just in case. This is not to scare you but to inform you that we really don’t know enough about this virus and we should take proactive measures to keep ourselves and our families safe.

Thank you and we pray that you and your families stay safe and Coronavirus free.

-Jonathan

 

Can the Coronavirus Live on Your Countertops

There have been studies to test how long the Coronavirus can live on various surfaces. Coronavirus can live on hard surfaces and that includes countertops. All countertops can be affected so be sure to clean them regularly using denatured alcohol which is safe for your countertops. Denatured alcohol will disinfect your countertops keeping them Coronavirus free.

Is Lysol Safe on Countertops

Lysol is safe on your countertops especially if you use regular dawn dish soap to clean it right after. Be sure to dry them with a clean dry towel after all cleaning. Lysol is great to clean and sanitize your countertops and prevent the Coronavirus from living on your countertop surface.

Clean them daily and be very proactive!

 

5 Black Quartz Countertop Options

5 Black Quartz Countertop Options

Black quartz countertops are a great color for some kitchens. Black can be what really makes your kitchen pop. Black is a popular color especially for wood colored cabinets or white cabinets. Cherry and oak cabinets are especially great with black quartz countertops.

Charcoal Soapstone Quartz by Silestone

Charcoal Soapstone Quartz by Silestone is a great quartz color that looks just like soapstone without all of the maintenance needs as soapstone requires.

If you choose a soapstone countertop you will have to oil your soapstone countertop often and the soapstone tends to scratch and dent easily. Some consider this a character enhancement not a flaw but some people prefer to have a brand new looking countertop at all times and may opt to skip out on soapstone.

Charcoal Soapstone Silestone Quartz

 

Charlestown Black Cambria Quartz

The dark and dramatic charcoal gray surface of Charlestown is imprinted with meandering gray and white veining above faint black currents that ripple below the surface. This is another soapstone lookalike or even a black marble lookalike.

Quartz offers an almost maintenance-free countertop surface perfect for busy families. Really the only downfall, in my opinion, is that quartz cannot take the heat very well. If you set a hot pan on your quartz countertop it could melt a bit and start to yellow over time. With a black quartz countertop, you may not notice the color change but you will notice a different texture from the heat melting your countertop.

Charlestown Black Cambria Quartz

 

Mersey Black Cambria Quartz

Yet another black Cambria Quartz color. Mersey is absolutely stunning and would feature well with a white or dark gray cabinet. Mersey has bold white veins and an all-black main color. Mersey is a deep, glassy black daubed throughout with white streaks that flash like lightning against a starless night sky.

This black quartz countertop color is perfect for an island paired with another color for the perimeter. White would go well for the perimeter in this case. I suggest changing the color of the island cabinet to offset the perimeter. This is a growing trend. Trends, they come and go but I don't really care too much about all of that. If I like it I will be satisfied with it. Check out this article about pairing cabinets and countertops.

Mersey Black Cambria Quartz

 

Black Tempal Caesarstone Quartz

This is a beautiful black quartz countertop color. There are smokey veins throughout the black quartz slab which give it a bold and exciting look. I really love this color and only found it recently while doing some research for this article. I may actually consider this or a similar color for my new island.

Black quartz countertops will hide a lot of dirt and grime so be sure to clean them daily.

While Black Tempal Quartz is not all black it does have black in it and I really think this would look great on your walls if you choose to do full height backsplash. Basically, you use this material on your walls from the top of your countertop to the bottom of your cabinets. It would look pretty sharp.

Black Tempal Caesarstone Quartz

 

Black Coral Hanstone Quartz

Black Coral by Hanstone Quartz really reminds me of the dark night sky. This material could be great for anyone who enjoys the black and stary night look. Black quartz countertops can really brighten up the kitchen believe it or not. The light will reflect so good giving it a unique look and will surely impress your guests.

This black quartz countertop color also reminds me of a granite color called Black Galaxy and I am sure you can figure out why has the name Black Galaxy.

Black Coral Hanstone Quartz

 

Why Choose Quartz over Granite

I am not really saying to choose a black quartz material over a black granite or soapstone. Quartz is minimal maintenance and requires very little effort to keep it looking new.

Check out the Granite Vs. Quartz article I co-wrote with Lisa Henard. This will give you an in-depth look into the differences in quartz and granite as well as the pros and cons of both granite and quartz countertops.

I prefer natural stone over quartz myself because I am just in love with God's creation and really love how the patterns in my countertops would never be repeated in someone else's countertops. Yes, of course, they could be very similar but every countertop is unique when it comes to natural stone.

I love quartz too. It is great for busy families who don't have the time or patience to upkeep their countertops. I have a few quartz colors that I really am considering for my own home but who knows. I think my spouse will have to decide.

Conclusion

Black quartz countertops are a bold and elaborate statement. They are perfect for white cabinets or natural wood looking cabinets.

Black quartz countertops hide many imperfections including chips, dust, dirt and even any metal transfer marks.

Whatever material you use for your kitchen countertops I am sure you will pick what is best for your home and family. Here you can read what WIKI has to say about quartz or engineered stone.

Which of the 5 black quartz countertop colors were your favorites? Leave a comment below. I am looking forward to your responses.

Should a Stove be Higher than the Countertop?

Should a Stove be Higher than the Countertop?

A well-appointed kitchen can greatly enhance a home’s value.  If you are considering refreshing or remodeling your kitchen with new countertops or replacing old kitchen appliances this article may be of interest to you, especially if you have an old stove that you are thinking of upgrading.

Should a stove be higher than the countertop?  Virtually all stove manufacturers advise that the cooktop should be even, or flush, with the countertop surface.  It is also acceptable for the cooktop to be slightly higher (half to one inch) than the countertop but in no case should it be lower because of potential heat damage to the countertop material and reduced cooking efficiency.

Most modern kitchen appliances are designed to simply slide into position, and this certainly applies to stoves.  They are relatively straight forward to hook up, whether they are electric or gas.  However, it can be a bit of a challenge leveling the stove properly while also aligning it with your countertop, especially if the stove is being installed in between two countertops (one on each side of the stove).

How High Should a Stove Be?

Fortunately, there is substantial standardization in stove heights and countertop heights that make any necessary adjustments minor (less than an inch).  By default, the overwhelming majority of stoves measure from 35 to 36 inches in height from the floor to the cooktop surface.  By adjusting the leveling feet, most stoves’ heights can be increased by roughly an inch or so.

Countertops are slabs of stone or composite material that sit on top of base cabinets, which usually measure 34 to 34 ½ inches in height.  With countertops typically measuring 1 to 1 ½ inches in thickness, together the base cabinet and countertop will combine for a height of close to 36 inches, which is widely accepted as a standard countertop height that affords the broadest range of ergonomic comfort.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that stock base cabinets with countertops average three feet in height (with the exception of custom pieces) as do stoves.  Regardless of which is accommodating the other, this fortuitous happenstance greatly simplifies the task of achieving evenness between the two.

How to Adjust the Height of a Stove

All stoves have some means of adjusting their height to make them higher or lower, and also their pitch to make them level.  Leveling a stove will enable the appliance to perform its job the way it is intended; otherwise, if the cooktop is uneven food will tend to roll in the pan or lean in the pot toward the direction of the stove’s lowest point.  Uneven cooking and possible damage to cookware will result.

Most models will have four adjustable feet, one in each corner of the base.  The prevalent foot style is a threaded rod attached to a rubber foot for stability.  Near or on the bottom of each foot will be a hex nut that enables loosening or tightening with a wrench.  There may be an additional hex nut where the rod meets the stove base to lock the foot in place preventing further unwanted adjustment.

Leveling the Stove

Each threaded foot screws into the base and turning the hex nut clockwise will raise that corner of the stove and lower it when you turn the nut counterclockwise.  Many stoves have a storage or auxiliary drawer at the bottom of the unit that must be removed in order to fully access the four feet.  Your goal should be making the cooktop surface (not the burner grates) even or flush with the countertop(s).

To properly adjust your stove you will need a spirit (bubble) level, preferably one that is around 24-inches as that will ensure accurate readings.  You will also need an adjustable wrench to adjust the feet and a tape measure.

Step One

Verify that you have sufficient space in the intended location to accommodate the stove.  Measure the space from side to side and compare to the same dimension on your stove, bearing in mind that you will likely need approximately one-quarter inch on each side to maneuver the appliance into place.

Step Two

Using your spirit level, verify that your kitchen floor is level.  Many homeowners are surprised to learn that their kitchen floor may not be perfectly level or even.  It is important to know ahead of time whether you will be contending with an un-level surface when attempting to level your stove.  Fortunately, the adjustable feet will enable you to compensate to some degree for a floor that is uneven.

Step Three

Measure the pre-adjustment height of your stove and take similar measurements of your countertop height.  If the heights are the same then the only adjustment(s) you will need to make to the stove feet are those that may be necessary to prevent any slight wobbling of the unit.  The same is true if the stove is slightly higher than the countertop.

If the stove is lower than the countertop and the differential is around an inch or less then adjust the feet to raise the stove by the amount needed.  If the gap in height is significant (e.g. more than an inch and a half) it may be necessary to consult the stove’s manufacturer for safe options to raise the stove at or above countertop level.  (Certain manufacturers may have accessories to remedy this problem.)

Step Four

Once the proper stove height has been achieved, the next step is leveling it from side to side and front to back to ensure that it will operate properly.

Facing the stove, adjust the feet to achieve a level reading from side to side.  These adjustments should be minor unless your kitchen floor is uneven.  You also need to place the spirit level oriented from front to back and adjust the feet as needed (having two spirit levels oriented perpendicular to each other would be ideal).

Some manufacturers even recommend placing the spirit level diagonally (e.g., front left burner to rear right burner and vice-versa) for true readings.

Having a Stove Lower than the Countertop Can be Dangerous

When a stove is significantly lower (an inch or more) than adjoining countertops, there are several things to keep in mind.  Some are safety concerns while others pertain more to maintaining cleanliness.

A countertop that sits higher than a stove will form a short wall to the side of the cooktop.  When cooking on high heat with a large pot or similar vessel, a certain amount of heat will radiate laterally to the side.  Depending on the countertop material, prolonged exposure to such heat may damage the portion of the countertop that abuts the stove.

Certain countertops made from composite or laminate materials have a low tolerance or resistance to heat.  Some manufacturers discourage exposing these surfaces to temperatures exceeding 160° F.  This low threshold would include radiant heat from electric coils or gas burners, hot cooking vessels, or even splatter from cooking oil during frying.

In the case of gas burners, the countertop edge that sits above the cooktop surface, as insignificant as it may seem, can actually obstruct airflow and prevent the flames from burning as hot as they should.

From a cleaning standpoint, the joint where the rising edge of the countertop meets the stove can become a collection area for food particles, oil, and grease that would be exceedingly difficult to clean effectively.  Bacteria can thrive under such conditions as well.

These reasons alone are compelling enough to thoroughly explore all available options to ensure that a stove is at least flush with a countertop, if not slightly higher.

Properly installed appliances and well-coordinated countertops can greatly enhance the look and feel of a kitchen while promoting cleanliness and allowing the appliance to function the way it should.  With a little bit of know-how and some elbow grease, you can create clean sightlines and improved functionality that will contribute to the overall appeal of your thoughtfully appointed kitchen.

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