Top 5 Granite Slabs of Summer 2020

*If you would like to read part 1 of this series, “Top 5 Quartz Slabs of Summer 2020,” click HERE*

It’s that time of year again! Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time for home improvement! This time last year we published our “Top 5 Slabs of Summer 2019,” but this year we’re doing it a little differently by splitting the list between 2 blog posts, one for Granite and one for Quartz. (If you would like to learn more about the differences between Granite and Quartz click HERE) So without further adieu, I present to you the Top 5 Granite Slabs of Summer 2020!

5. Venetian Ice –

Cream, fawn, and beige blend for the backdrop of this coal-black-studded granite, imported from Brazil. Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, in nearly any climate including those below freezing, these very versatile and stylish slabs should be used for residential and commercial applications including granite countertops, and walls.

4. Ornamental White –

Ornamental White granite is subtle in terms of color, but it makes a serious statement when incorporated into kitchen designs. It’s suited for monotone environments, but can be accented with contrasting cabinetry and accessorized with vibrant pops of color for a high-impact look.

3. New Venetian Gold –

New Venetian Gold granite features beige and golden tones with light veining of deep reds, grays and browns.

2. Giallo Fiesta –

Giallo Fiesta Granite from Brazil features cool whites and grays partnered with warm creams, yellows and golds. This durable polished granite is recommended for both interior and exterior projects including landscaping, outdoor kitchens, walls, and countertops.

1. Blanco Tulum –

Cream, fawn, and beige blend for the backdrop of this coal-black-studded granite, imported from Brazil. Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, in nearly any climate including those below freezing, these very versatile and stylish slabs should be used for residential and commercial applications including granite countertops, and walls.

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Top 5 Quartz Slabs of Summer 2020

It’s that time of year again! Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time for home improvement! This time last year we published our “Top 5 Slabs of Summer 2019,” but this year we’re doing it a little differently by splitting the list between 2 blog posts, one for Quartz and one for Granite. (If you would like to learn more about the differences between Granite and Quartz click HERE) So without further adieu, I present to you the Top 5 Quartz Slabs of Summer 2020!

5. Gris Expo –

This brilliant gray with a perfect and soft finish is a timeless classic whose elegance will not go unnoticed.

Silestone Gris Expo

4. Charcoal Soapstone –

Inspired by the popular “soap stone”, this color has a blue-grey finish with powerful, grey highlights. A spectacular creation, characterized by its rotundity, depth and sense of movement.

Silestone Charcoal Soapstone

3. 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. Color and harmony are fused in a background that stands out for its remarkable sense of depth.

Silestone Eternal Statuario

2. Blanco Maple –

This year Blanco Maple moved into the second place spot from 3rd last year! 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.

Silestone Blanco Maple

1. Eternal Calacatta Gold –

And for the second year in a row, Eternal Calacatta Gold is still our most popular color!

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.

Silestone Eternal Calacatta Gold

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Flipping a home? Here are 4 Granite colors you NEED to know about!

When you’re planning on flipping a home the two most important things to consider are aesthetics and budget. You need to make sure the home looks great in order for anyone to want to buy it, but you also need to stay within budget in order to maximize your return on investment.

In this post I’m going to go over four of our most popular Granite colors that we’ve recently heavily discounted in order to give you the highest return on investment on the home. So without further adeau, let’s jump into it.

  1. White Dallas – White Dallas is a mostly white Granite color with with light grey and lavender tones mixed in with golden cream and brown veins running through it. White Dallas is the perfect compliment to kitchens with a lighter color scheme and though we have it heavily discounted, it does not look out of place in more upscale homes as well!
  • Ubatuba –  Ubatuba is a primarily Green Granite color with creamy shades of white, grey, black, and even some gold. From a distance it looks dark but when you move closer in, you’ll notice that it also sparkles and reflects light. Ubatuba is a perfect choice for kitchens with white or colored cabinets and lots of natural light.
  • Crema Pearl Fiesta – Crema Pearl Fiesta looks a lot like White Dallas but instead of a white background, it has a beige background! If you’re looking for a countertop surface with some character, but not too much that it’s overwhelming Grema Pearl Granite is the surface for you!
  • New Venetian Gold – New Venetian Gold granite is easily recognizeable by it’s beige and golden tones with light veining of deep reds, grays and browns. If you’re looking for a colorful budget countertop, this is the one for you! New Venetian Gold looks great with lighter and darker color schemes and will look great no matter where you put it!

All four of these great colors can be purchased directly from Granite Surfaces of Texas at the low price of only $37 per square foot. Give us a call to set up your free in-home estimate or stop by our slab yard to view samples!

How much does a kitchen remodel increase your home’s value?

According to data from the National Association of Realtors, 80% of prospective buyers consider the kitchen one of the most important—if not the most important—spaces in the home. In that same survey, a majority of buyers also said they’re willing to pay more for an upgraded kitchen. In other words, a kitchen remodel is one of the best projects to take on if you want to boost your home’s value.

However, not all kitchen remodels are created equal. After all, the more you put into the renovation, the lower your potential return-on-investment (ROI). What this effectively means is that there’s a “sweet spot” for kitchen remodels where you spend what you need to in order to get the most money back. In this article, we’ll review the aspects of a kitchen remodel you should prioritize to ensure you get the most money back when you list and sell your home.

Focus on the countertops and cabinets

When most buyers read “remodeled kitchen,” their expectation is that there are new countertops and cabinets. Replacing your older counters and cabinets with new ones will most likely be the priciest part of the remodel. However, it’s hard to argue for going without it: your prospective buyers value this aspect of the remodel and skipping it may put your home at a competitive disadvantage compared to other homes in your price-per-square-foot range.

If you decide to replace your counters and cabinets, make quality your priority. Cutting corners on materials or labor can come back to bite you by diminishing the long-term value of your home. Instead, limit your investment by finding a good deal or bulk rate on high-quality materials. One great way to save is by buying directly from us, the fabricator. Since we buy many countertops at once, we are able to get you better deals by passing those savings onto you.

Avoid prioritizing luxury over utility. Homebuyers want a kitchen that looks great, but not at the expense of practical use. For example, marble countertops may not be tough enough for day-to-day use in the kitchen. An open kitchen floor plan may be initially appealing, but not if it comes at the cost of half of the cabinets and kitchen storage. Think through how you would use the space before committing to the details of your remodel.

Limit major structural changes

If you want to keep your project costs from ballooning, try to avoid floorplan or structural changes to your home. Popular home remodeling television shows have made open kitchens trendy and fun, but they’re not a fit for every home and can lead to higher upfront remodeling costs. In reality, most kitchens do not have a space problem. If they do, there may be other, less expensive ways to innovate around such issues, such as adding in-cabinet storage. 

After all, just think of what removing an interior wall actually entails:

  • First, your contractor has to assess whether or not the wall is important to the overall structure. Not every interior wall exists merely for the separation of space between rooms.
  • They also have to assess whether or not the wall in question contains pipes or electrical wiring. If so, they will have to be safely moved.
  • Any cabinets and countertops on that wall need to be relocated. If there is no place for them to go, your kitchen will lose valuable cabinet and countertop space.

The small things matter

So far, we’ve described significant, “big ticket” changes and renovations. However, no kitchen remodel is complete without the small touches and additions that bring the space to life. In the margins of your remodeling budget, be sure to put the time into:

  • Replacing lighting: Light influences how a space is perceived, whether by your dinner party guests or by a prospective buyer. The right light puts your kitchen, well, in the best-possible light. Change out bright fluorescent ceiling panels for recessed lights. Hang pendant lighting over the kitchen island for a modern aesthetic. Adding under-cabinet lighting can work to highlight the best features of your new kitchen: the countertops, cabinets, and their interplay with the backsplash.
  • Repainting the walls: It doesn’t get any cheaper than fresh paint—the original do-it-yourself project for homeowners of all skill levels. A fresh coat of paint can be the perfect finishing touch for your remodeled kitchen, and makes the whole space feel fresh and new.
  • Choosing the right backsplash: In most modern kitchens, the backsplash is the accent to the countertops and cabinets. This is your opportunity to add style to the kitchen: a splash of color might complement white quartz and light grey cabinets, or a muted subway tile could be the ideal pairing for charcoal cabinets and a dark granite.

Strike the right balance

In general, you need to find the middle ground between remodeling your kitchen for the masses and creating a space that you’ll personally love here-and-now. After all, whether you’re planning on selling in the next year or not for many years to come, you can and should build a kitchen that works for you and your family while also adding value to your home. As mentioned earlier, think about your remodel from the perspective of using the kitchen every single day, and you’ll be on the right track toward a value-boosting renovation.

Written by Samantha Jonhnson, senior editor and communications specialist at Superior Stone & Cabinet , the go-to source for custom and wholesale countertops & cabinets in sunny Phoenix, AZ. When not in the office, Samantha really enjoys gourmet cooking and traveling with her pup. She is also an avid reader.

What is a Chip Minimizer and Why Should You Want It?

Picture this: Two weeks have passed since your countertop installation and you’re scrubbing  your favorite cast iron pan in the sink when suddenly THIS happens!

Or maybe THIS happens!

The fact of the matter is that over 50% of our repair calls are for chipped undermount sink cutouts like the photos above, BUT there’s an easy way to prevent this type of damage. When you’re purchasing your new countertop, make sure to ask for a Chip Minimizer edge around the sink.

                A Chip Minimizer edge is exactly what it sounds like: a rounded edge along the inside of your sink cutout that is proven to reduce damage due to impact such as chipping. Here’s what it looks like.

                This “Chip Minimizer” edge is available for an extra $150 through Granite Surfaces of Texas and will save you money and headaches by minimizing the risk of chipping your brand new countertop!

                Give us a call to set up your FREE estimate for new countertops TODAY!

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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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