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START YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL WITH THIS KITCHEN COUNTERTOP GUIDE

Explore the Options for Your Kitchen Countertops

Countertops play a huge role in the design and feel of your kitchen, which is why it’s so important to put thought into which countertop material is the best choice during a kitchen remodel. There are a lot of factors that go into finding the right countertop for your lifestyle. So before you head over to your local Lincoln, California home improvement store, read over this guide to learn about the pros and cons of each countertop style.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

Granite is our favorite countertop material for kitchens. It’s durable, easy to maintain, and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The natural stone can create a stunning look without the drawbacks of a material like marble. Because granite is a natural material, keep in mind that a sample piece you bring home to evaluate in your kitchen might not match the actual pattern and color on the full slab. Granite should be sealed during the fabrication and installation process, and then at least once more annually.

SEE ALSO: Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Fabrication and Installation

MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Few materials say “luxurious” the way that marble does. This stone often comes in a creamy, smooth pattern that complements many different interior design schemes. However, the beautiful look of marble comes at a price. The stone is soft and naturally porous. This means that the countertop will scratch and stain easily. If you’re remodeling a show kitchen that won’t actually be used for cooking, you can probably get away with marble, but otherwise, we wouldn’t recommend it.

WOOD COUNTERTOPS

Wood has become popular recently because it lends itself quite well to the “French country” kitchen design and promotes a natural look to the space. However, there are a few flaws with wood countertops that make them unsuitable for kitchens. If you’ve ever used a wood cutting board to chop vegetables, you know how easy it is to score and scratch the surface. Each scratch creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which is not something you want in a cooking environment.

Wood also has to be oiled and treated on a very frequent basis, and if you forget, the area around your sink or other wet spots will quickly become warped, stained, and even damaged by mold and mildew. In short, you should probably leave the wood to other areas of the home.

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

Quartz is an engineered material made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials. Because it’s not mined directly from the ground, you have a lot of flexibility in choosing the color and pattern you want. It’s also 100% non-porous and will not stain (we’ve tested with lemon, hot sauce, and other common stain culprits). It doesn’t have to be sealed or cleaned with any special solution beyond hot, soapy water. The only drawback of quartz is that it is heat sensitive, so think twice before you set a hot baking sheet directly on the counter.

QUARTZITE COUNTERTOPS

Contrary to popular belief, quartzite and quartz are two different materials. Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that withstands heat and is harder than granite. When installed, quartzite should be sealed, and then it’s best to re-seal it once or twice a year to keep it scratch and stain-resistant. Because quartzite is so durable, it can be a bit pricier during the installation process if your kitchen has a lot of angles or decorative cabinets. The countertops must be cut with diamond blades.

CORIAN COUNTERTOPS

Corian is a solid surface material that is man-made. It tends to be cheaper than granite, and it has a good variety of styles and colors to choose from. Corian does not require sealing, but unfortunately, it stains and damages easily, and it simply can’t match the depth of design that you find in a natural stone material.

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Concrete is another material that is seen in trendy kitchens lately, but we would not recommend it. It’s porous, which can lead to staining and bacteria growth, and it’s easy to crack. Many people see concrete countertops as the DIY alternative to having a professional installation, and while it is easier to DIY concrete than granite or marble, that’s not to say that it’s easy. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a surface that is grainy or uneven.

LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS

Unless you’re on an extremely tight budget, you’re not going to want laminate countertops. This man-made material can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but it’s affordable for a reason. It stains and damages very easily, and it simply doesn’t have the same feel and beauty as natural stone. If you’re deciding where to splurge and where to pinch pennies in your kitchen remodel, you’ll be much happier with a higher quality countertop.

So if you’re looking for a new countertop for your kitchen remodel, our top two recommendations for durability and beauty are granite and quartzite. That said, RCO Home Improvement has many different countertop materials, styles, and patterns to choose from. Whether you live in Sun City, Elk Grove, or another northern California area, give us a call or schedule a visit to explore the countertops in person!

on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Posted in Kitchen Remodel Lincoln, CA, Kitchen Remodel

WHY SHOULD I BUY NYLON CARPET VS. ALTERNATIVE FIBERS?

Find the Carpet Solution that’s Right for Your California Home

Let’s talk carpet fibers. It’s not usually something you would even think to think about, but if you’re considering a carpet flooring installation in your Roseville area home, it’s a smart idea to know about the different options.

The most popular carpet fiber in the U.S. is nylon, a man-made material that was originally designed as a substitute for silk. The fiber didn’t quite catch on as an alternative for silk dresses, but it did stand out as a great option for carpet and rugs.

So is nylon the no-brainer choice for your next carpet purchase? Perhaps, but there are definitely benefits to both nylon and alternative fibers. So let’s dig deeper into what those benefits are…

Reasons to Love Nylon

Durability

The reason nylon never took off as a silk substitute is that it’s hard. The stiff material is inherently resistant to damage, so everyday wear and tear won’t have as much of an effect as it would on alternative fibers.

Soil Resistance

Dirt is every carpet’s enemy, but nylon has a better defense against it than most carpet fibers. Everyday soiling is less likely to penetrate the fibers and cause permanent stains. It’s not completely soil-proof like laminate or luxury vinyl planks would be, but it’s still a good choice.

Earth-friendly Colors

It’s important to choose carpet that complements the look and feel of your home. So if your interior design palette has a lot of natural tones and textures, you’re far better off with nylon than with a carpet fiber like polyester. That’s because polyesters typically have a shiny, artificial look and feel.

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

Reasons to Choose Alternative Fibers

Stain Resistance

The durable material of nylon keeps dirt from damaging the fiber, but it can still absorb liquids. So for areas where liquid spills might be a concern, you’ll find greater stain resistance in a material like polyester.

Eco-friendliness

If you want to avoid a man-made, petroleum-based carpet, then a natural material such as wool or sisal might make sense for your home. Another solid choice is to go for carpet made of recycled materials. These carpeting options are typically pricier and may require more ongoing care, but they have a much lower carbon footprint.

Frequent Changes

Nylon will last for years and years to come, which is great if you’re looking for a long-term carpet flooring installation. But if you like to switch it up with your home décor every few years, it may make sense to choose a cheaper material that isn’t designed to stay looking great for a decade.

Of course, there’s no denying that one of the biggest factors when choosing carpet fiber is the feel of it. The best way to find a carpet flooring option that’s right for your home is to feel the different textures for yourself! You can get up close and personal with all the most popular carpet styles by visiting one of our California showrooms.

Click here to see our hours of operation and schedule an appointment with one of our flooring experts.

on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in Carpet Flooring Installation Roseville, CA, Carpet Flooring Installation

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