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Why Choose Granite Countertops

5 Reasons to Choose Granite for Your Countertops

Granite Countertops have exploded in popularity—and for good reason. Not only are they beautiful, but they also have a number of other advantages over the other leading options. Here are five reasons to choose granite for your countertops:

Durability

Granite is extremely tough and durable. If it is properly installed, granite will last your your lifetime. It is resistant to chipping, scratching and cracking. Your granite countertop will look like new for years! It is also resistant to heat, which is a great feature for convenient cooking practices. 

They Last

Over the course of 30 years, the average laminate countertop needs to be replaced three times. A wood countertop has to be replaced twice over the same period of time, as well as requiring refinishings multiple times in between replacements. How many times will you have to replace your granite? Zero. Granite also lasts twice as long as other popular stones materials like quartz or soapstone.

Value

Studies show that granite countertops can significantly increase the value of your home. Not only do they improve the look of the kitchen, often a deciding factor in new home purchases, but they are hold their value for decades. Often, it’s possible to recoup up to 100% of your investment upon the sale of your home.

Low Maintenance

A properly sealed granite countertop is easily the lowest maintenance material you can choose for your countertop. It will resist staining and bacteria build-up and can be easily cleaned using soap and water.

Natural Beauty

The most basic and desirable feature of granite is it’s stunning beauty. Natural appearance and subtle hues are the hallmark of a granite countertop. Arguably, there is no material that can match the amazing aesthetic qualities of granite.

 

Granite countertops are an excellent choice for any kitchen or bathroom. The key is to have them professionally installed by someone with considerable experience. The leading provider of granite countertop installation in Southeast Michigan is Cutting Edge Granite.  Contact Us today and learn more about how granite can improve your home!

 

 

Toby Courville
Hardwood Color Trends

1. Dark and cool tones

Yes, the trend towards darker colors keeps growing and growing. It’s been on the rise for the last decade or so.  We seem to find two types of customers – 1) ones that prioritize style over maintenance and they tend to go darker and darker (these customers tend to be households without kids (either “pre-kids” or kids that have gone to college) or wealthier households that have extra help to keep the floors extra clean) or 2) those that absolutely love dark floors but want to go a bit lighter so that the floors are easier to maintain.

 

Either way, one thing is consistent:  Cool tones are strongly preferred.  There is a strong move away from warmer tones (e.g. reds, red/brown blends or yellow undertones) and a preference towards browns that are more pure and cooler (i.e no red undertones).  Cool tones are preferred both the walls (especially grays) and floors, and these work hand in hand together.  I even see some customers blending in a touch of gray to the dark browns (both to lighten it a bit and to add coolness and depth to the color.

 

For those looking to go darker and darker, they are generally blending ebony/dark walnut (i.e. a 50/50 blend), ebony/jacobean or trying out the new true black.  True Black is the newest stain from Duraseal, and as the name implies, it’s truly the blackest stain you can use – it’s more opaque for a darker look and more modern feel as it hides most of the graining you find in oak.

 

The picture to the right is True Black.  It’s often a good solution if you find that you have a mixture of wood species in your home as it camouflages the differences more.  But, true black floors do show every bit of dust, so be aware of this.

 

Darker floors are a bit more challenging to clean and maintain.  For those looking to go dark, but a bit lighter (either due to preference or for easier maintenance), try dark walnut, antique brown, coffee brown or special walnut (or a blend of these).

 

2.  Gray, gray blends and white washes

Yes, gray, gray and more gray.  Gray flooring has been on the rise, and you can see it everywhere you go – in wood, tile that looks like wood, and gray vinyl planks that look like wood.  I think I started to notice the trend and demand for gray hardwood flooring around 2010 or 2011.  First, I really only saw this in pre-finished (or factory made wood), and it wasn’t until 2012 or so when I started to get lots of local customers ask us to refinish their existing floors and turn them gray.

Over the last 2 to 3 years, we’ve been seeing more variations on the grays where people will blend in some browns for a gray/beige (or griege) look.  White washes have also grown in popularity (but they are also harder and more expensive to achieve with real hardwood).

 

3.  Light, natural and muted

Yes, on the opposite extreme to dark, the 2nd most popular floor choice is light – i.e. going natural.  But the theme is a consistent one.  There’s a preference to drown out the yellows and go for cooler tones. 

 

Toby Courville
Carpet Myths

Carpet is one of the most beloved floor coverings in existence, but like any other popular product, it has also at times been the subject of inaccurate information. Below are five of the most common carpet myths, along with the facts to help clear up any misconceptions. 

Myth #1: Carpet is too difficult to maintain.

Fact: There are simple steps you can take to extend the longevity of your carpet. One of the most important things you can do is to vacuum high-traffic areas on a frequent basis. This will keep soil and other dirt particles from sinking and settling down below the surface the pile of the carpet. In addition, it is highly recommended that you get your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months to preserve its appearance.

Myth #2: If you clean your carpet too often, you’ll ruin it.

Fact: Interestingly enough, the exact opposite is true – you can never clean it enough! Frequent cleaning will uphold its appearance and keep it looking new.

Myth #3: Carpet gives off harmful chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.

Fact: There’s a lot of talk about VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the flooring world right now, so it’s important to learn how to separate fact from fiction. Many people claim that the famous “new carpet smell” is actually just harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde being leaked into the air. This phenomenon is popularly known as “off-gassing,” and it has been the subject of countless ominous news headlines, some of which are embarrassingly inaccurate. Formaldehyde is not even used in the carpet manufacturing process at all today, and hasn’t been since 1978. Before then, a small amount of formaldehyde was used as a resin hardener, but even if you have pre-1978 carpet in your home, whatever might have been left of the chemical would have dissipated a long time ago. The truth is that carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs in the household environment, ranking lower than wall paint in multiple tests. The EPA has conducted extensive research regarding this topic, but no evidence has been found that links carpet VOC emissions to adverse health effects.

Myth #4: Carpet aggravates your allergies.

Fact: Multiple EPA studies have thoroughly debunked this myth. If you suffer from airborne allergies, carpet can actually be one of your biggest allies. Research shows that carpet does an excellent job of trapping and immobilizing allergens, keeping them out of the air and out of your lungs. Now when you vacuum or sweep, those allergens can be stirred up, but their effects can be largely curtailed through the use of a HEPA air filter in your vacuum cleaner.

Myth #5: The thicker the carpet, the better.

Fact: Without a doubt, a thicker carpet will provide a softer, more cushiony feel underfoot, but that doesn’t translate into better durability. If you want a high-quality carpet that lasts a long time, you should focus on density, which is the amount of yarn per square inch. The more dense the carpet, the more resilient it will be regardless of its thickness.

With so much conflicting information out there, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to carpet. At Best Buy Flooring, our flooring professionals have decades of experience in helping homeowners choose the right carpet for their building or remodeling projects. We pride ourselves on giving our clients accurate and thorough information regarding their carpeting choices, and we have extensive experience with all aspects of carpet selection and installation. So whether your project is carpet installation for a home in Baton Rouge or an office building in New Orleans, we are here to help. Contact us today to see how our flooring experts can help make your next project a success!