How to Seal Your New Granite Countertops

The wait is over! You’ve just had an awesome experience working with Granite Surfaces of Texas, your new countertops are installed and your kitchen looks amazing but wait!! There’s something that you need to do before breaking in those beautiful new Granite countertops. You’re going to have to seal them, which isn’t as difficult as it sounds. In this post I’ll walk you through sealing your new Granite countertops so that they stay as gorgeous as they day they were installed!

First of you’re going to want to test if your Granite even needs to be sealed as some stones are a lot less absorbent than others and may not even need sealing. To do this, all you have to do is drip some water or oil onto the countertop and wait 20 minutes to see if it absorbs. If it doesn’t absorb, you don’t need to seal your countertop. If it does absorb you should go pick up a Natural Stone penetrating sealer and follow the directions listed in the rest of this blog post.

Before you start actually sealing your countertop you’re going to want to clean it with warm water and soap followed by a de-greasing agent. After that let it sit for 24 hours.

The next day you can start applying sealer to the entire countertop surface. Make sure to wear gloves and keep the room ventilated by opening windows or using fans. After applying the sealer wait 20 minutes. If the directions on your sealer say to add a second coat then add a second coat.

After you’ve waited 20 minutes for the sealer to dry, clean the countertop with a rag or wad of paper towels to pick up remaining sealer. Then wait 48 hours before using your countertop as normal.

And that’s it! Sealing your countertops is very simple, all it takes is a little bit of time. And remember, if you don’t already have new countertops just give us a call at 281-495-6555 to set up an appointment to get yourself some!

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 good people 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!

Find Granite Surfaces of Texas in a Store Near You!

                We may only have showrooms in Austin and Houston, but that doesn’t’ mean those are the only places where you can find awesome Granite Surfaces of Texas deals and materials! Now you can find us in most areas in Texas and parts of Louisiana!

             You’ll be able to find us at the following stores:

Don’t see your city? Just check back in a couple months because we’re always adding new partners!

Let’s talk Garage Doors

You may have noticed that we’ve added a “Garage and Entry Doors” tab to our website and wondered “Isn’t this a granite company?” Well you’re right! But we’ve also partnered with the good people over at Sears Garage Solutions to bring you easier access to the best Garage Repair company in Houston! In this blog post I’m going to tell you all about the great services that Sears Garage Solutions has to offer!

Garage Repair

Sears Garage Technicians know that your time is valuable and will always arrive with their trucks fully stocked so that they will be able to fix any problems that detect right then and there. From broken springs to doors off track and garage door opener issues Sears technicians are trained to fix it all.

Garage Door Openers

Sears Garage Solutions only works with the best of the best in the opener business, and that’s Chamberlain. Chamberlain garage door openers come with a one year warranty on parts, a 90 day warranty on labor, and are backed by the absolute best customer service team in the industry. Chamberlain openers aren’t the only ones we’ll work on though. Sears technicians are trained to repair or install any and all garage door openers.

Garage and Entry Door Replacement

Our friends at Sears Garage Solutions proudly offer free in-person garage and entry door estimates. During this estimate, a skilled Sears technician will come to your home, measure your door, and provide you with a range of options to replace the old door with. Sears technicians will have a range of different samples of  doors and colors so that they can help you choose the best looking new door for your home!

Garage Flooring

In addition to general garage work and entry door sales, Sears Garage Solutions also will install garage flooring which will make the garage floor resistant to brake fluid, waterproof, environmentally safe, and generally nicer to look at! They are available in multiple colors, shades, and finishes so they are guaranteed to have something you like!

You can give our friends at Sears Garage Solutions a call at (713) 701-1700 to schedule garage service with the most trustworthy garage company in Houston.

Choosing the Best Material for Your Outdoor Kitchen!

Summer is almost over, but we still have a few more months of long days, hot sun, and the perfect weather to throw as many Bar-B-Q’s as you can! It’s also the perfect time to invest in an outdoor kitchen! Trust me, adding an outdoor kitchen is one of the sharpest upgrades to your home that you can make, but it’s also a pretty big job so I’m going to help you get started!

The biggest initial question you’ll have while planning your outdoor kitchen is what you’d like the countertops to be made out of. To help you answer that question, I’m going to run through all the materials we offer and tell you which ones would be good for an outdoor kitchen!

Granite

Granite is a great material for an outdoor countertop as long as you remember to seal it initially. Once sealed, granite is resistant to mold, stains, and the general grime that you’d expect to find in an outdoor kitchen. Granite also holds up extremely well outdoors (That’s where it comes from after all.) It won’t be damaged by heat and there are a large number of granite colors that won’t fade with exposure to sunlight. On top of all that, outdoor kitchens are generally smaller than indoor kitchens so you’ll probably be able to save money by purchasing a remnant instead of a full slab!

Quartz

Unlike Granite, which is great for an outdoor kitchen, Quartz should not be installed outdoors. Quartz, which is not found in nature will definitely fade in the sunlight. It’ll also be damaged by moisture and humidity. On the upside, it still looks amazing indoors!

Dekton

Dekton is another great material to use for your outdoor countertop. It’s another man-made stone, but unlike Quartz, it is TOUGH! Dekton is heat resistant and can resist UV radiation, making it a great option for an outdoor countertop during those scorching Texas summers. It won’t need sealing and can naturally withstand water. It’s also completely cut and scratch resistant (trust me I’ve tried scratching it with my keys hundreds of times and have never succeeded.) Dekton is definetly up there with Granite in the ranking of best stones to build a countertop out of outdoors.

Curava/Recycled Glass

Curava is beautiful and eco friendly. It’s also made locally here in Texas. These are all reasons why you should absolutely install Curava inside your home. Installing it outdoors is another story entirely. Recycled Glass countertops do not do very well outside and you’ll run into all sorts of problems if you add Curava to your outdoor kitchen. Their website even says “Curava is not presently recommended for outdoor use.”

So let’s sum up what we’ve learned today. If you’re planning on constructing an outdoor kitchen, choose either Granite or Dekton for your countertop. If you’re planing on remodeling your indoor countertops, Granite, Quartz, Dekton, and Curava are all beautiful options to go with. If you’re unsure of what company is the most cost effective, has the most skilled workers, and will build you something that you’ll love for years to come, look no further than your friends at Granite Surfaces of Texas!

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Quartz or Quartzite? What’s the Difference?

                Quartz and Quartzite are two of the most popular countertop surfaces in the world, and for good reason! Both Quartz and Quartzite have the ability to completely change the look and feel of a kitchen, but despite their similar names, Quartz and Quartzite could not be more different.

                There are three main differences that make Quartz and Quartzite vastly different stones. Those differences are composition, appearance, and the amount of maintenance required.

                To get started, let’s go over composition first. Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone from the metamorphic rock family. Quartz on the other hand is manmade and is composed of 90% quartzite mixed with crystals, resins, pigments, bits of glass, and other materials. Quartz is manufactured in a way that allows for the formation of colors that are not typically found in nature.

Here’s an example of a Quartzite countertop

                Next let’s jump into appearances. Quartz is known for it’s consistent look with little to no variation in color throughout the slab. Quartzite in comparison has almost the same level of depth and detail typically found in Granite.  Because it’s a naturally occurring stone, each slab of Quartzite is unique.

Can YOU tell which stone is Quartz and which is Quartzite?
*hint* Quartz is on the left.

                The last big difference between Quartz and Quartzite is that Quartz does not require sealing, while Quartzite must be sealed to avoid ugly marks and stains. Once sealed, Quartzite can be cleaned using household cleaners, water, and a sponge. Quartz can also be cleaned the same way.

And that’s it! Those are the 3 main differences between Quartz and Quartzite. Now the question remains… Which stone will look better in your kitchen?

And here’s an example of a Quartz countertop

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Top 5 Slabs of Summer 2019

Summer’s really the perfect time to get new countertops. The kids are home and it seems like you’re always entertaining someone or another. So without further adeu, here are our five most popular countertop colors of Summer 2019 so far!

5. Lusso –

Lusso is light gray and whitish with copper and gray veining. The copper has a tiny bit of sparkle and will look amazing when paired with either lighter or darker cabinets. – $66 per square foot.

Lusso by Silestone

4. Blanco Orion –

Silestone’s Blanco Orion quartz delivers a lot of elegance and character to any kitchen due to it’s consistent veining pattern all over the slab. Blanco Orion is ideal to use as kitchen countertops, island countertops or backsplashes. It’s also perfect for bathroom applications like vanities and shower walls. – $74 per square foot.

Blanco Orion by Silestone

3. Blanco Maple –

Silestone’s Blanco Maple is available in a polished finish and offers a warm white hue with pale grey crystals. Since it’s 94% natural Quartz, it is an ideal material for kitchens and bathrooms. – $62 per square foot.

Blanco Maple by Silestone

2. Eternal Statuario –

Inspired by the classic Italian Carrara marble, Eternal Statuario has a white surface with very soft, sparkling highlights in a shade of grey. Colour and harmony are fused in a background that stands out for its remarkable sense of depth. – $74 per square foot.

Eternal Statuario by Silestone

1. Eternal Calacatta Gold –

A color made up of a white background through which elegant, wide grey highlights are interspersed with unexpected golden glints. Eternal Calacatta Gold, with its eternal, distinguished appearance, pays homage to a marble which has been held in high esteem since ancient times. – $78 per square foot.

Eternal Calacatta Gold by Silestone

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5 Reasons why You Should Add Quartz to Your Home

There are so many more reasons to add Quartz to your home, but to save you time we’ve boiled it down to the top 5.

1. Quartz is Easy to Clean

Quartz is one of the easiest surfaces to clean, as well as one of the most hygienic countertop surfaces that you can choose from. Quartz contains a micro-ban built into it that protects the surface from germs. On top of that, it also never needs to be re-sealed!

2. Quartz is Easy to Maintain

Aside from being easy to clean, Quartz is also easy to maintain! As long as you keep the countertop clean, you shouldn’t have problems like natural wear and tear. It’s also weather resistant so it’s a great choice for outdoor kitchens! Quartz is really the type of surface that you won’t mess up unless you’re actively trying to.

3. Quartz Slabs Have Consistent Colors All the Way Through

When it comes to quartz, what you see is what you get. With quartz you don’t have to worry about vein matching, how pits and fissures will look in your kitchen, or other things that you’d have to take into account if you were installing Granite instead of Quartz.

4. Quartz is Stronger than any Comparable stones!

Because Quartz is 93% pure stone with zero air pockets, it’s the strongest countertop surface. Quartz can take the impact of banging pots and pans against it, and it’s scratch resistant as well! As long as you’re not hitting the quartz on purpose with blunt objects, it should be able to handle most forms of impact.

5. Quartz Will Increase Your Home’s Value!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, Quartz is IN right now! New homeowners are searching for modern, updated, contemporary kitchens, and one of the easiest ways to achieve this look is with Quartz countertops! Quartz Countertops are the best way to increase the value of your home other than replacing your garage door!

To take the next step and get an estimate for your own set of Quartz Countertops, give us a call at 281-607-6555 or schedule an apointment by clicking this link: https://granitesurfacestexas.com/free-estimate/

Let’s Talk Vein Matching

We here at Granite Surfaces of Texas are happy to announce that we are now offering Vein Matching on all countertop purchases!

Vein matching is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Basically it’s a way to pair your countertop to your backsplash like so:

See the way that the backsplash meets the countertop and it looks like on continuous vein? Let’s take a closer look.

We can achieve this vein matching by planning out exactly which section of the slab is going in each specific part of the kitchen. This is done by mapping out a digital image of the slab so that we can plan out how to make the best use of the material while vein matching. In the end, the image on the computer will look something like this:

From there, the hard part is over! All we have to do then is cut the stone using one of our state-of-the-art machines and then we can install it in your kitchen! By that point, you’ll have a kitchen that you can be proud of for the rest of your time in that house!

You can give us a call today at 281-607-1548 for more information on vein matching or to set up an appointment for new countertops!

GST’s Top 3 Tips for Replacing Your Countertops

For a full guide on all of the things you should consider when remodeling your kitchen, you should read through all of the articles on this blog, but for a quick crash course, look no further than this post right here!

1. Educate yourself about the different stone choices BEFORE selecting a material.

Granite, Quartz, Marble, Recycled Glass, and Dekton all have different benefits and drawbacks that can all seriously affect the functionality of your kitchen? Do you plan on setting hot plates down on your countertop? Well then maybe you should choose Granite over Quartz. Or maybe you’d like something that’s 100% scratch resistant? Then you’re going to want to choose from one of our Dekton offerings. For more information on different countertop materials, you can check out some of our blog posts about it by clicking the following links. Granite vs. Quartz, Introducing Curava, and How is Dekton Made

2. Research the company you plan on working with before visiting a showroom.

The company you choose to work with for your countertop installation can make all the difference between a smooth installation and a multi-month nightmare where you don’t have a functioning kitchen for weeks on end. It’s imperative that you research the company you plan on working with. You should look at their Google star rating; you should read comments from people who have worked with them before, you should check out their website to see if they’ve got any special deals or if they offer financing plans. You’re already on a great company’s website so go ahead and start your research here!

3. View whole slabs before deciding on a color.

Before you decide on a color, you should ALWAYS view the slab that’s going to be put into your kitchen. This is especially true for Granite, as each slab of granite is unique. There can be a vein pattern that you like or dislike that you didn’t see on the sample you were shown as well as countless other small things that can mean the difference between you loving or hating your new countertops. You can schedule an appointment to walk through our slab yard here.

Now obviously, these aren’t the ONLY things you should consider when purchasing new countertops, but hopefully this post serves as a good jumping off point for you. Our goal is that hopefully the rest of this blog will help serve as a guide for any and all questions that you may have about your new countertops, but if you do still have questions, we’ll always be here to answer them!