5 steps to choose the right material for your kitchen countertop

If you have been struggling to pick the right material for your kitchen countertop , you should let go of brand names, go back to the basics and choose the natural stone that feels right to you. With hundreds of colors, patterns, materials and shapes, it can be overwhelming to make the right call. Below, we present some items to take into account when choosing your kitchen design.

1. Your Kitchen’s Color Palette

The first item you will want to take a look at when selecting your kitchen countertop are the colors already present in your kitchen. You are going to want for the countertop and all elements surrounding it to match. Your kitchen might already count on wood to make it look cozy and rustic or it may contain metallic elements that give it a modern feel. You should make sure the color you choose matches the surrounding furniture, electrical appliances and cupboards.

2. Your Budget

We are not going to get into details here but we want you to understand that prices in the great world of natural stones vary on the size of your kitchen´s countertop and the color you choose. So if for example your kitchen has a bright and minimalistic feel to it you would probably choose a dark color to bring some contrast to the room. In this case it might be more affordable to select a brighter color but it also might not match your kitchen´s design.

3. The Source of the Stone

If you are the curious type of person, the origin of your stone might help you decide what you want. Quartz is the stone to go for if you want something that is manmade, while Granite and Marble are the right fit if you´d rather have natural stone in your kitchen. If you want to learn more about stone materials go read our article on the difference between quartz, granite and marble.

4. Natural Stone Patterns

Each stone has its own look and pattern, if you want a grained surface you should definitely go for granite. Marble is the perfect fit if you are looking for something that might give a more elegant appearance to your kitchen countertop while engineered quartz is the right option for you if you are looking for an aesthetically polished stone.

5. Edge Types

The last item to think about when selecting the right stone will be your countertops’ edge type. We at Emerald Pearl work with different edge types that can range from the geometrically straight shape to the more detailed and curved ogee edge. We have several predesigned edge type options that you can select individually or combine, we may even help you with other edge types if you are looking for something different, you just need to contact us.
Just like we have mentioned above, it shouldn´t be a hassle to choose the right material for your kitchen, you should do whatever feels right to you and your family. The best place to start is to always look for inspiration, go to our Houzz page to find more kitchen countertop ideas.

 

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Granite vs Marble Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops

It can be hard make up your mind between granite and marble when choosing your kitchen or bathroom countertops. Both of them are gorgeous natural stones, but they also have subtle differences you would want to consider. Even though they can both look great for decades with the proper care, we will mention some things that make them unique.

Appearance

 Granite, as we have mentioned on a previous article, has grains that can come on a variety of colors and hues that are mainly in darker shades that give it a more natural look. Marble on the contrary, seems more luxurious and elegant; it comes with veining and patterns that look great in any color but are mostly found on black and white.

 Hardness

Even though both are thick and resistant materials, granite is harder than marble, so it is less vulnerable to scratches.

 Durability

Both materials are highly durable, but in order for them to last for decades they need to be sealed every one or two years. Being porous surfaces, liquids can penetrate them and leave stains if they are not sealed.

Marble is more vulnerable to acidic liquids than granite. So you need to keep them off your countertop or clean them immediately.

Granite is the most durable natural countertop material; hot elements as pots and pans in the kitchen and hot hair tools in the bathroom, can be placed directly on the surface, you can even cut on it. 

Maintenance

Marble will remain resistant to stains if you are properly sealing it every now and then. Minor scratches in granite can be fixed with color matching epoxy but we will be able to fix it for you if it has cracks that are larger than an ice cube. Minor issues with marble can also be fixed, but a professional will be required for larger problems.

 Granite and Marble Prices

To make things clearer, the complexity of the job, the countertop edge type, and several other variables will have an impact on your countertop cost. You may click here to contact us and get a quick estimate.

 We hope this article has helped you get a better idea of what to expect with each material. Please contact us if you want more information about marble, granite or any other stone for you countertops.

Tricks to Better Cleaning Your Stone Countertops

Tricks to Better Cleaning Your Stone Countertops

Each stone countertop material has a best different way to be cleaned. Learn the best way to clean your kitchen and bathroom countertops. Also, take a look at the following tips cleaning tips that will make your life easier.

Cleaning Countertops

1. Clear the clutter. Place all items possible in mail bins, key racks or baskets.
2. Use a plastic scraper or an old credit card to sweep crumbs. Use the card on the surface sweeping crumbs to your hand or the sink.
3. Clear food that got stuck to the surface by spraying it with cleaner and using said sweeper to scrape off the residue.
4. Wipe the surface with a germ killing cleaner that is safe.
5. Dry with a microfiber cloth.

Cleaning Granite Countertops

1. Wipe the countertop with warm, soapy water and rinse. Don´t use abrasive cleansers or scrub pads as they can scratch the surface.
2. Mix baking soda and water or talk with a diluted solution of ammonia, bleach or hydrogen peroxide to remove stains.
3. Scrub the stains with the paste and a soft brush.
4. Rinse thoroughly.
5. Seal with a sealer that is appropriate for stones to help prevent stains and make it easier to clean.

Stone Countertops: Limestone, Slate and Soapstone

1. Wipe the countertop with warm, soapy water, a mild bleach solution, or a non-abrasive cleaner. Be careful when using bleach solutions as they may damage the surface or change its color. Always test first before spraying all over the countertop.
2. Use a soft tooth brush to scrub gently.
3. To remove stains, use a kitchen cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and water. If the surface feels sticky, rub with a paste of baking soda and water.
4. Rinse thoroughly.

Cleaning Marble Countertops

1. Clean your countertop regularly with a damp microfiber cloth to avoid streaks.
2. Dry with a clean cloth. Never let the surface air dry because marble is prone to water spots.
3. If you want a deeper clean us a ph neutral dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water.
4. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely.
5. Clean acidic liquids immediately such as wine, tomatoes and orange juice because they may spoil your marble.
6. For stains you are not able to remove, you may call us for recommendations.
7. Use a product especially created for marble´s porous surface to seal it. With the above steps you should have enough to be able to clean your natural stone countertops thoroughly.

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Unpredictable situations delivering a product

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Emerald Pearl tries to do the best for its clients, but when it comes to these unsatisfied or unhappy situations, Emerald always gets in top of it and tries to resolve it with the greater outcome possible.

Our craftsmen always try to make the best of each work but sometimes client’s expectations are not aligned with ours. At that point, we have to align expectations, look, search and see where we can improve to meet our clients needs and then our expectations can go meet our client’s.

In order to do that, what we have to do first is to listen very carefully to what our customer says then process the information, take notes and next make it happen.

All this process should be under a pleasant attitude, a very friendly conversation, and never forget that if you (our customer) are not happy, we apologize and will always try to make it up to you.

Unpredictable situations,

The kitchen working triangle

The kitchen working triangle by Emerald Pear Kitchen and Bath located in Winston Salem NC

The kitchen working triangle one of the most researched and applied ergonomic principals around. It consists on the 3 main work areas in the kitchen; the first one would be the sink, then the stove and last but not least the refrigerator. These together are the kitchen work triangle. These points have to be placed in the perfect way so you don’t have to waste a lot of steps going from one side to the other. Also if you put them to close to each other you will have a kitchen with no working space. You have to be really careful about that.

The kitchen working triangle doesn’t have to be perfect, but its better if each side is not shorter than 4 feet or larger that 9 feet long, also its almost imperative that you make sure there is not going to be anything between these 3 points so you can fluently move with no obstructions.

If you follow this principal when making your kitchen you are going to save some time, have a better working space and really enjoy your kitchen space.

the Kitchen Work Triangle
Kitchen Work Triangle

Insights about natural stone

Below you’ll see our top sellers. If you want to look at more colors please go to our Partners page and click in one of our partners to check a great variety natural stones.

Granite:

Marble:

Quartz:

 

Do you want to know the difference between Granite, marble and Quartz?

First lets start by defining what and where does this stone comes from.

Quartz

What is quartz?

Quartz is an extremely abundant stone/mineral, is found in places near volcanic activity (magma) or seafloor. Quartz is taken from the Earth but when it’s transformed to become a countertop it becomes an engineered stone. Combining 95 % of the natural stone with bind resin creates the perfect mix which  makes Quartz more resistant than granite and marble.

Also a fun fact that only  a couple know is that quartz is an essential constituent of Granite and other felsic igneous rocks.

So lets talk about granite…

What is granite? Granite is a natural stone, which consists of feldspar (60% of earths crust), Mica (sparkles in the rock), 20% of Quartz and amphibole minerals. Granite comes from crystalized magma same as quartz but the mix of the amphibole it’s what gives to granite the dark color generally. The word granite seen as where it comes from its the perfect description of what makes unique this rock. The word Granit comes from the Latin “Granum” in English “Grain” in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a holocrystalized rock.

Another popular natural stone is marble, which is a metamorphic rock, composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals such us limestone and dolomite.

Since we already went over of some basics of each stone, we would like to make a comparison with the 3 of them.