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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GRANITE FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION

Get All the Facts about Granite before You Buy

If you’re just now starting to research the possibilities for adding granite countertops to your home, we can wager a guess that you’ve got questions. There are a ton of articles out there about granite countertops, but few actually address the questions that homeowners have most often.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with RCO’s resident granite experts in the Rocklin, California area, Andreas Reynoza and Tony Baumgartner. We asked them to shed some light on the granite fabrication and installation process. Read their answers to these frequently asked questions below.

Q: I KEEP SEEING REFERENCES TO “GRANITE LEVELS.” WHAT ARE LEVELS?

A: Most granite retailers separate their options into different levels in order to define price ranges. The lower the level, the cheaper the granite is likely to be.

Q: WHY WOULD ONE GRANITE BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ANOTHER?

A: Honestly, it has a lot to do with the look of the granite. The more luxurious and beautiful it looks, the more expensive it will be. Rare and unusual colors are going to cost more than common colors that are more easily accessible. For example, Aphrodite Granite, which comes from Madagascar, is going to be far more costly than a brown granite sourced from Brazil.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR THE BEST APPROACH TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR OR STYLE OF GRANITE?

A: Shop around. Don’t go home with the first one you see. Make sure you’re happy with the color and style of the granite and that it matches the décor in your home. While getting a sample of granite won’t necessarily match exactly what’s on the slab, it’s still a good idea because you can see how the granite looks in your home’s exact lighting conditions.

One thing to consider is that, depending on how busy the pattern or how many colors are visible, the granite may make it tough to see dirt. It’s also important to inspect the granite slab for flaws or imperfections before you buy.

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TO TAKE FABRICATE AND INSTALL GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?

A: It depends on a couple of factors, such as the size and complexity of the countertops. Generally speaking, the process could be as short as a week or as long as two weeks. We recommend speaking with a granite fabricator for a more accurate estimate.

Q: HOW MUCH DO GRANITE COUNTERTOPS COST?

A: When you’re talking about cost with granite countertops, there are two main aspects. The first is the cost of the granite material, and that could run anywhere from $6 to $60 per square foot, based on the type of granite you choose. For an entire slab, it could be as cheap as $800 or as expensive as $4000.

The fabrication and installation process is the other part of the equation. Here, the cost will vary depending on how complex the kitchen or bathroom is. The type of angles and edging, sink and faucet style, size of the kitchen, cabinet pop-outs, and more can all impact the final cost, so your best bet is to bring in a granite installer to assess your home and provide a custom quote.

Another factor is the thickness of the slab. We offer multiple thicknesses of slabs at RCO. If the slab is on the thin side, we can use plywood underneath to reinforce it. The thinner slabs are a bit cheaper, but they’ll have custom edgework to hide the plywood, which could increase the installation costs.

So generally speaking, an average sized kitchen with standard edging would run around $7,500 for materials and installation.

Q: HOW DO I CALCULATE HOW MUCH GRANITE I’LL NEED FOR A KITCHEN REMODEL? JUST MEASURE THE SQUARE FOOTAGE?

A: You cannot go by square footage alone because the angles and shapes of cabinets can affect how much granite you need. If you have a galley kitchen, it’s more straightforward, but curved or cornered cabinets will be different. It’s best to bring in a professional to measure the space accurately.

Q: CAN I INSTALL GRANITE MYSELF?

A: Definitely not. You’ll want to bring in a professional. Granite installation is a complex process involving cutting angles, sink and faucet areas, polishing the stone, and so on. You’d also need to buy some pretty pricey tools. Because granite is such as hard surface, we use diamond to cut it.

We often see people try to DIY and then realize they’re in over their heads, but by that point, the granite is wasted, and we have to start from scratch. You may think you’re saving money, but DIY will cost you much more in the long run.

SEE ALSO: DIY OR PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN CABINETRY INSTALLATION: WHICH IS BETTER?

Q: HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?

A: Make sure you use a granite sealer. During a professional installation, they should seal it as the final step. We also recommend that you seal at least once a year. As far as cleaning goes, soapy water or an all-purpose cleaner will be fine. You can buy sealer/cleaner mixtures from your local home improvement store—these products are great for keeping the countertops clean and helping you to remember to seal them on a regular basis.

If you still have questions about the granite fabrication and installation process, we’d be happy to talk! Just give us a call at 916.434.0222 or schedule an in-person consultation.

on Monday, 19 June 2017. Posted in Granite Fabrication and Installation Rocklin, CA, Granite Fabrication and Installation

SO MUCH MORE THAN CARPET: GET EVERY TYPE OF FLOORING AT CARPET ONE

Learn About the Best Flooring Company in Northern California

Okay, we get it: the name is literally “Carpet One.” If anything, that makes it sound like there’s just one type of carpet, let alone tons of different flooring styles. However, the good news is that Carpet One has one of the largest selections of hardwood, tile, vinyl, laminate, and rugs in the world. So if you’re looking for the best flooring company in the Roseville or Chico, California area, the smart choice is to head over to your local Carpet One showroom. Keep reading to learn about Carpet One’s evolution as a flooring company and the facets of their business that set them above other carpet, hardwood, or tile providers in California.

THE BACKSTORY

Carpet One was founded in 1985 and grew steadily over the years with independently owned and operated locations all over the globe. In those early years, the name Carpet One was fitting – everyone wanted carpet in their homes! However, I think we can agree that’s no longer the case. Today, the hot flooring trends are tile and hardwood – options that are durable, easy to care for, and look fantastic.

SEE ALSO: THE NEWEST FLOORING TREND: CORETEC FLOORING

Carpet One has been right there on the forefront of these flooring trends, adopting the latest and greatest styles and brands. Now, Carpet One locations are full-service home improvement hubs where you can find practically any type of flooring. The flooring company is also a Nest Pro partner, so while you’re having fresh flooring installed at your home, those same skilled installers can also give your thermostat a smart upgrade!

WHAT SETS CARPET ONE APART?

THE BEAUTIFUL GUARANTEE

One thing that you won’t find with any other flooring companies is The Beautiful Guarantee. Carpet One is so confident that you’ll love the flooring that if you’re not happy with it for any reason, they’ll replace it for free. You can get a different style or color and have it installed at no extra cost. The Beautiful Guarantee comes with any flooring product carrying a Titanium, Platinum, or Gold SelectAFloor™ warranty.

EXCLUSIVE BRANDS

If you’re looking for top-quality brands like Lees®, VERŌSTONE™, Tigressa®, Voyager™, Bigelow®, Resista® Soft Style, Rustic River™ Hardwood, Invincible™ Hardwood & LVT, Earthscapes™ and Laminate for Life™, then Carpet One is where you’ll want to go. If a brand doesn’t meet their standards for performance and comfort, Carpet One won’t sell it.

TOP-QUALITY INSTALLATIONS

The quality of the product you purchase is only half of the puzzle. You also need a skilled professional who can put care into making sure your flooring is installed correctly and looks amazing. Because of Carpet One’s Beautiful Guarantee, they don’t take any chances. They only employ flooring professionals who excel at their jobs and care about the finished product.

In short, there’s no better place to go if you want high-quality, beautiful flooring for your home. You can stop by the Roseville or Chico Carpet One locations seven days a week, schedule a personalized consultation, or call us at (916) 782-1188 to learn more!

on Wednesday, 19 July 2017. Posted in Best Flooring Company Chico, CA, Best Flooring Company

THE EASY WAY TO ADD TEXTURE AND VISUAL INTEREST TO WALLS

Make Accent Walls Pop with Wood Paneling

Forget accent paint colors or wallpaper. If you really want a focal point for a room, consider going for a wall treatment that adds texture and style: wall planks. Fans of interior design magazines or HGTV shows have probably seen wall planks cropping up a lot lately. There’s a reason for this! Upgrading a standard wall with wood paneling is a cost-effective way to make that area pop, and with our flooring installation services, adding wall planks to your Roseville home or business is a quick and simple process.

WALL PLANK STYLES

RUSTIC

Few things say “country” or “shabby chic” quite like wood accents. You could brighten up the walls with whitewashed, picket fence-style planks, enhance a “cabin in the woods” look with a rich brown wood, or go for a specific stain/color that matches the rest of your home’s décor.

MODERN

While wall planks might bring up visions of country homes in your mind, that’s not necessarily the vibe you have to go with. Darker, smooth planks can go a long way toward complementing a modern design. And what could be a more modern look than turning a traditional flooring installation on its side?

SEE ALSO: THE NEWEST FLOORING TREND: CORETEC FLOORING

BEST PLACES FOR WOOD PANELING

Of course, you can put wood planks anywhere you want, but if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration for the best ways to use this interior design style, here are some ideas:

TV WALL

Your TV is probably already the focal point for your living or media room, so why not make it pretty to look at? Some wood paneling and a professional TV installation will turn a standard home entertainment system into something truly slick.

COFFEE BAR

A coffee bar is one of those elements of a home that many people wish they had, but few people actually implement. If you’re looking for a way to infuse personality into your home, then do yourself a favor and use wood paneling to define that area.

BEDROOM WALL

Swap the standard headboard for something clean and simple: a floor-to-ceiling wood paneling treatment.

FIREPLACE

Wood and fireplaces – they’re a perfect match. Especially for homes with a fireplace that doesn’t quite seem to fit into the space, you can use paneling to define the area. Just make sure you choose wall planks that are heat-resistant!

Want more inspiration? As part of our wall and flooring installation services, we can provide recommendations on the best home improvement and design options for your property.

PRODUCTS / INSTALLATION METHODS

While it’s possible to DIY a wood plank wall using pallets or shiplap, there are definitely some drawbacks to doing so:

  1. The wood (especially pallet wood) may have been treated with insect repellants and chemicals that cause the planks to be unsafe for indoor residential use.
  2. The wood is often damaged, warped, and chipped, and those irregularities will show up quite clearly for the final result.
  3. You’ll need to find the studs in the wall and make sure that each plank is anchored appropriately for safety (and then cover up all the nails from installation).

None of those drawbacks are insurmountable, but there is an alternative method that we recommend: Wallplanks. Wallplanks is a product developed by From the Forest, a Wisconsin-based company that manufactures engineered hardwood. Their wood paneling product is particularly neat because of how easy it is to install: literally peel and stick. The planks come with heavy-duty adhesive on the back of each panel, so you don’t need to worry about nailing it in. Just line it up properly and press against the wall.

Of course, whether you opt for Wallplanks or another wood paneling product, you can always call up RCO for our flooring installation services – they apply just as much to walls as they do to floors. We can handle the design, installation, and maintenance of any wall paneling treatment you want in your home. To learn more about the different options, feel free to give us a call at (916) 782-1188 or schedule a consultation at one of our showrooms.

on Saturday, 05 August 2017. Posted in Flooring Installation Services Roseville, CA, Flooring Installation Services

LAMINATE VS. LUXURY VINYL PLANKS: TOP PROS AND CONS

See if Direct Pressure Laminate or Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring is Right for Your California Home

Who says you have to get hardwood if you want gorgeous, durable floors in your Roseville area home? These days, luxury vinyl planks and direct pressure laminate give you the hardwood floor look at a fraction of the price; but which one is right for you: Laminate or Luxury Vinyl plank flooring? Let’s go through some of the pros and cons of each option.

Since laminate arrived in the United States in December of 1994, it has grown into a billion dollar per year industry and a very popular customer choice due to its proven durability, low price point and ability to look like real wood. Like luxury vinyl, it’s a synthetic material. It’s made in a wide array of qualities, depending on the manufacturer, using a beautiful décor design layer that is fused through direct pressure to medium to high density fiber boards. Some have been impregnated for extreme water resistance and some are even waterproof.

PROS

Laminate features some positive benefits that luxury vinyl does not. Let’s take look at where laminate stands out.

  • More Durable & Less Expensive

Laminates have been on the market longer than the newer luxury vinyl products. Consequently, there are literally dozens upon dozens of manufacturers competing for your business compared to just a handful of good luxury vinyl companies. This drives the price down on the material itself and is almost always less expensive than luxury vinyl planks or tiles. Laminates are actually more durable and cost less than luxury vinyl.

  • Proven Durability

For almost forty years worldwide, laminate has been the go to flooring choice for consumers who want the gorgeous look of real hardwood without the high price or maintenance concerns that real hardwood brings. Its proven durable décor finish is only rivaled by ceramic or porcelain tile for scratch resistance. When installed correctly, laminate is a great option for floors that will see a lot of foot traffic. Have small children or pets? Laminate is a smart choice.

  • Stain Proof

Even in direct sunlight, your new laminate floor will stay the same beautiful color for years to come. Paint won’t stain it. Chemicals won’t damage it. You can even clean laminate with acetone if for any reason something gets on the product that just wants to be stubborn and try and stick.

  • Fade Proof

One of the greatest features about laminate is that it won’t fade if area rugs are put on top of it or if it sits in direct sunlight. Your gorgeous new hardwood laminate look will perform for years to come.

  • Water Proof???

Actually, “some” manufacturers have made their laminates waterproof and not just water-resistant. You’ll want to ask your flooring specialist to point these options out to you. Now you get the durability along with being waterproof (on select brands).

  • Easy to Clean

Because of the durable décor layer on your new laminate flooring, you only need water and vinegar to clean. No need to “swash-buckle mop” your floor any more. Simply mist the floor with the water and vinegar mixture and wipe down till dry. Avoid using soaps or excess cleaners that leave build up. But hey, if you get soap build-up remember you can clean with acetone for a fresh start.

  • Laminate Adds Equity

Even the best trained realtor cannot tell the difference between a high-quality laminate and real hardwood. Consequently, good quality laminate increases the equity of your home where luxury vinyl usually won’t.

CONS

  • Water Resistant Laminates Vs. Water Proof

Because laminates are over 98% real hardwood with the durable direct pressure décor layer fused on top, most brands are susceptible to excess water that causes the joints to swell. From the beginning of time, laminates were never meant for that boat deck swash-buckling cleaning treatment. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, and you shouldn’t have issue — outside of a flood that is. Remember, there are waterproof laminates to choose from if you know you have a mud room or room right off the swimming pool. Laminates can be installed in every room of your home – from your high-use entry way to the very back bathroom and back up to the kitchen. If you have any concerns about water, just pick a waterproof color and enjoy your new floors.

  • Prone to Static Electricity Buildup

Unlike carpet, which disperses static electricity, laminate floors can actually cause it to increase. If you slide across a laminate floor in your socks, prepare to have your hair stand up!

  • Clickity-Clack

Too many laminate vendors sell and install their laminate floors with the cheapest laminate cushion available. These cheap foam cushions make your laminate go clickity-clack. If you choose not to upgrade your laminate cushion underlayment, prepare for a livelier sound in your home. However, put the right sound-deadening laminate cushion under your new flooring and all will be well in the world. You’ll get that desired “thumpity-thump” sound.

  • Laminate Can Scratch

Even though the direct pressure laminate décor fused layer is extremely durable and one of the hardest products to scratch on the market, nothing is scratch proof. Always use floor protectors on ALL your furniture. The beautiful thing about laminate, if it does scratch, is that the scratch only misshaped the surface. It will still be easy to clean unlike vinyl, which will trap the dirt.

Vinyl flooring may make you think of 80s-style kitchen tiles, peeling up from years of use, but the truth is that new and improved luxury vinyl planks give you the waterproof durability of vinyl with the look of natural materials.

PROS

  • Water Proof

Luxury vinyl planks are waterproof, making them an excellent option for areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. However, watch for lower tier vinyl planks, which will claim to be “water-resistant” instead of waterproof. If you’re adding vinyl to one of these water-prone areas, you definitely want a 100% waterproof brand, like CoreTec or Republic.

SEE ALSO: THE NEWEST FLOORING TREND: CORETEC FLOORING

  • Sound Absorbent

By far, luxury planks are one of the quietest flooring options to choose from. Vinyl is inherently a sound-absorbent material which almost eliminates all excess noise. So while the floors look like real hardwood, you can avoid the echoes and clatter of walking across a real hardwood or laminate floor.

CONS

  • Watch Out for VOC

VOC, or Volatile Organic Compounds, is an airborne emission that is present in vinyl flooring. Prolonged exposure to VOC is linked to health concerns, especially for people with asthma. However, any reputable luxury vinyl brand will take steps to limit VOC in their planks to a safe level. Look for flooring brands that are GreenGuard or FloorScore certified.

  • Will Fade

Vinyl is almost guaranteed to fade in direct sunlight and especially when you put area rugs over the top of the urethane finishes. Vinyl can actually cup in direct sunlight where the heat just bears right down on the product.

  • Easier to Scratch than Laminate

Although luxury vinyls won’t shrink like they used to, they will most definitely scratch when furniture or something sharp is dragged across the surface. Always use floor protectors for both luxury vinyl and laminate…on everything.

  • Can Stain

Most luxury vinyl has a urethane finish that can be chemically altered with various cleaners or the wrong household product, causing what looks to be a stain. Take precautions and read the manufacturer’s care and cleaning guides.

  • Not As Budget Friendly

Luxury vinyl is more expensive than laminate due to the lack of good competition. It’s supply and demand at work. The only two main product lines more expensive are real hardwood or real tile.

WHERE LAMINATE AND VINYL ARE CREATED EQUAL

  • Lots of Realistic Design Options

In the images featured in this article, could you tell if it was real hardwood or laminate or luxury vinyl for that matter? Both laminate and luxury vinyl have numerous design options to select from. Where laminate specializes in authentic wood looks, luxury vinyl has both wood and tile shades and patterns. An added bonus is that, because both products are high tech man-made materials, it’s easy to get it in tons of different shades and patterns, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect floor to fit with your décor.

  • Easy to Repair

In comparison to real hardwood that is either glued or nailed down, laminate and most luxury vinyl plank flooring is installed using the floating floor method with interlocking joints that can be easily unzipped, replace the damaged plank, and zipped back up together as if nothing ever happened. Very little mess or fuss in comparison to the old sand and finish hardwoods that required you out of that room for a couple of days with dust everywhere.

  • Fast and Easy Install

No awkward stickers here – both laminate and most luxury vinyl planks install by just clicking them together in place, with no glue required. Yet, there are still some very nice quality luxury vinyls than can be glued down for an even quieter feel. You can get the materials and install the flooring yourself or hire the flooring professionals to do it for you.

  • Easy Under Foot

Because laminate and vinyl are installed as a floating floor, the joints of your body will love you for taking it easy on them. There are now quiet underlayment cushions, installed underneath, that really cut down on that clickity-clack to make it more of a thumpity-thump and isn’t annoying like it used to be 20 years ago; and some luxury vinyls actually have cork attached to the back to deaden the sound.

The short of it is that both laminate and vinyl are terrific flooring options for any room in your home. If you’re still torn between the two, the best solution is to visit our flooring showroom and see both styles in person! To see our store hours or to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our flooring experts, visit our showroom page.

on Friday, 25 August 2017. Posted in Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Roseville, CA, Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

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