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The Benefits of Quartz Countertops

One of the newest countertop contenders stepping onto the home design scene is beautiful and elegant quartz countertops. Quartz countertops in Philadelphia have had a recent surge in popularity because they provide a number of unique options that homeowners looking to reinvent and modernize their kitchen love to see. If you’re considering kitchen countertop installation in Philadelphia to revive your kitchen, read on to learn a few of the reasons to consider quartz on your search.

 

  • Quartz offers a rainbow of gorgeous shades. Because quartz is a manufactured product, producers have much more freedom when it comes to changing the color of the material or creating a whole new shade entirely. As a result, quartz countertops come in a huge range of shades and offers many more color choices than competing materials like granite. The finish of quartz has been described as “luxurious,” and can be shined to create a rich and modern ending look that looks gorgeous in most every home.

 

  • Quartz is forgiving, yet firm. One common complaint that comes along with concrete and granite countertops is that the materials simply feel too hard for their kitchen and everyday use. Quartz offers the same durability as concrete and granite (meaning that it will not crack or chip easily) as well as providing a softer material that most people find more appealing than harder competitors.

 

  • Quartz is nonporous. Quartz is a non-porous material, which provides it a number of benefits when it comes to cooking. Non-porous countertop materials absorb heat much better, and will not burn or become damaged unless put under direct and extreme temperature conditions. It does not stain as easily as porous materials, meaning that wine, tomato juice, and sodas will not seep into the material. This can be a huge money-saver if you have children who can get a little bit messy in the kitchen!

 

For more information on quartz countertops, we encourage you to contact our team at Cosmos Marble & Granite today!

The Benefits of Marble Countertops

If you talk to an expert in kitchen countertop installation in Philadelphia, you’ll probably find that one of their most popular products is marble countertop. Marble kitchen countertops have remained in high demand for years because they offer a combination of beauty and functionality that few materials are able to match. If you are looking to redesign your home with the best kitchen countertops in South Jersey, don’t count marble out of the running!

One of the top reasons that marble has remained so popular for so long is because the material’s beauty is unmatched. The igneous rock comes in a wide range of colors; from pink to classic white and springtime green to midnight black, marble countertops can accommodate nearly any kitchen style with a complimentary palette. The formation of the rock results in a milky, subtle pattern that’s been admired for centuries for its uniqueness; no two slabs of marble are alike, so you are guaranteed to have a special kitchen that’s as personal as you are.

Marble countertops aren’t just good looking- they’re also excellent at taking all the heat you can dish out. Marble is porous, meaning that heat is easily absorbed by the air pockets integrated into the material. This also means that the countertop is not easily damaged by heat; unlike wood and other types of counters, a hot pot of pan would need to be left on the counter for a very long period of time to cause any kind of marring. This is also the reason why marble is such a popular material for fireplaces; the material is great at taking the occasional spark.

Whether you’re redecorating your home because you are looking to put it on the market or you’re just going for a new look, marble is one of the best countertop materials today. Offering a unique blend of fashion and function, marble might be your kitchen’s new best friend.

Contact us today to learn more about receiving a marble countertop today!

What’s the Deal With Soapstone?

Ah, yes. Soapstone. The natural stone that everyone’s talking about. Obviously it’s the most sought after countertop material for homeowners across the nation. Much more popular than granite and marble!

All right, so maybe not so much…

BUT, soapstone should be discussed more, because it actually rocks. It’s unique, naturally stunning and affordable compared to other more popular options; it’s truly a stand up material with no catch.

Soapstone may be the best kitchen countertop option for your South Jersey home. Here’s why.

It’s Been Around for a Long Time

Humans have capped their counters with soapstone for thousands of years; ever since the Ancient Assyrians invented the toaster oven. After a brief decline in popularity caused by the Ancient Greeks (who were way too obsessed with marble), the Romans re-popularized soapstone around the same time they popularized the built-in microwave. The rest is history!

Many great things are great because they’ve withstood the test of time, and soapstone is absolutely one of them (as is wine, cheese, democracy, the prenup, Mick Jagger). To this day, soapstone evokes a timeless rustic feel, not dissimilar to our perceptions of what life was like in the olden days (pre-iPhone 4) when it was first used. At this point, it’s safe to say that soapstone is not a fad, nor will it go out of style anytime soon.

You Have Options

Sure, soapstone gives you options, lots and lots of options, but before you start gearing up to pick out a slab of lime green or neon pink, know that they are limited to a grayscale. Its rich dark hues are what make soapstone unique and beautiful, though, and if you’re looking at purchasing some in the first place, you’re probably in the market for a redesign that aesthetically calls for dark countertops anyway.

The nice thing about that grayscale is that it’s neutral, and will go with just about anything else in your new kitchen or bathroom.

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(Here’s an example of black soapstone, which is typically the most widely used color. Note how it wonderfully complements the white cabinets.)

It’s Low Maintenance

He seems pretty high maintenance but your soapstone counters definitely won’t be that needy. Since it’s not porous, you won’t need to treat it as heavily as you do other natural stones that are susceptible to bacteria. However, soapstone is very soft, which means it does scratch, which means it will be smart to invest in a nice big cutting board or butcher block island.

Median Price Range  

You’ll be jumping (err, flailing?) for joy to know that soapstone is affordable. If granite is a Camry and Marble is a Mercedes, then soapstone is something like an Audi—or the luxury edition Camry with all the bells and whistles. Comparable in price to high end granite, soapstone is in the middle of the road of natural stone options from a pricing perspective.

All in all, soapstone is great, It’s relatively cost effective, sturdy, non-porous, heat resistant, easy to maintain and naturally gorgeous. But keep these things in mind:

  • No crazy color availability
  • Soft, therefore susceptible to scratching
  • Comes in smaller slabs than marble, granite or quartzite
  • Picky about what cleaning treatments it gets
  • You may want to oil for a certain look, but that’s not necessary

Whether you’re in the market for soapstone, marble, granite or quartz countertops in your South Jersey home, you can count on us to get the job done beautifully and right. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

And The Winner Is…

Us!

We’re thrilled to announce that we have attained the esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2016! We strive to always provide superior service, and it’s nice to see that others recognize the work we put into making our clients’ homes look as great as can be. For that, we want to say THANK YOU! We’re honored to wrap up 2016 on such a high note (a high E flat to be exact), and we look forward to continuing to provide excellent service into 2017 and beyond.

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Countertips Part III: Cleaning and Sealing

Just when you thought we were done with the countertips series, BOOM, here it is again.

Today’s lesson is cleaning. But before you bust out the supplies, it helps to make sure you actually have a countertop to clean. So first and foremost, if you don’t, browse our selection of custom granite countertops, pick out your favorite, give us a call, then read on.

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Countertips Part II: Selecting the Right Material

So you’re getting a new kitchen. It’s about time! Just kidding. That orange wallpaper installed in 1972 looks great.

Either way, it’s coming down and time to begin planning the new layout. Of course, we have you covered on the countertops, but before you jump to any conclusions, let’s go over some material-based countertips to help you better understand what will work the best for your space.

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Countertips Part I: Organization

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Wow! Look at those beautiful new quartzite countertops just installed in your Bucks County, PA home! That’s what they’re made of, right? If you look past the pots and pans, over the dry goods, through the paper towel roll and next to that stack of placemats, the three inch squared spot exposing your counter really shows off the beauty of it! I think it’s, err, quartzite? There’s not really enough showing to tell for sure.

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