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Northern Granite Works Products in Alliston, ON Posted by Northern Granite Works June 6th, 2017

Northern Granite Works Products in Alliston, ON

Our home improvement products available in Alliston, ON include butcher block, granite, and quartz.

At Northern Granite Works, we are the Alliston, Ontario area’s leading supplier of high quality butcher block, granite and quartz countertops and installations. If you want to add value to your home and ultimately transform its interior, let us replace the current countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other surface in your home with new ones. We understand that while you desire to enhance your home’s interior, your personal style is entirely different than your neighbour’s. Due to this, we offer several different products to ensure your needs are met.

marble and natural stone countertop

Granite, Marble and Natural Stone

Whether you are renovating an old house or constructing a new one, granite kitchen countertop is ‘the’ one thing that you cannot ignore. There are many reasons why granite has acquired the top spot as a kitchen counter top material.

quartz countertop

Quartz (Man Made)

With the many varieties of countertop materials available, it’s often challenging for homeowners to determine which will be the best choice for their home. To aid in this process, we offer nine reasons why you should seriously consider quartz vs. granite as your top choice.

butcher's block in Barrie ON

Solid Wood Butcher-block

Whether you replace all of the countertops in your kitchen with this type of material or just a portion for added emphasis to a certain area, we are confident that you will be more than happy with the final outcome.

 

Granite, Marble and Natural Stone

Feb 5 2007 On the road 005Whether you are renovating an old house or constructing a new one, granite kitchen countertop is ‘the’ one thing that you cannot ignore. There are many reasons why granite has acquired the top spot as a kitchen counter top material. Although, there are myriad benefits of getting a granite countertop for your kitchen, but some of them are listed below:

1. They look lavish and have a splendid natural beauty. They can be availed in vast arrays of colors, shades, and textures. Colors to compliment almost any decor set-up can be found in granites, whether it’s a neutral color or something in bright, your personal quench can always be satisfied. Moreover, your counter top will require more than one slab to fill the space, hence make sure each slab has the same shade or has come from the same mine batch.

2. Granite kitchen counter tops are extremely durable. Unlike Formica, which is prone to get affected by hot pots or pans, granite on the other hand is resilient to any such problems. It also resists staining and discoloring if it is carefully sealed periodically. Sealing can be done by anyone, and a granite counter top that is properly sealed will remain shiny for a lifetime.

3. Every slab differs from the next in some features be it the pattern, the color textures etc. Distribution and depth vary from slab to slab and thereby provide a different character altogether. Any kind of flooring, cabinet finish or cabinet fixtures can blend with the granite counter top and provide an unmatchable richness to your kitchen.

4. Granite counter tops, although are a bit expensive, but will definitely be worth the price. This is one of those few investments that can really increase the value of your home. Granite as a kitchen counter top will make your home look more appealing and thus will increase the value of your home altogether. Moreover, it doesn’t really matter whether you are planning to sell your home soon or not as granite is one such thing that does not fade away with time and will retain its charm even after 30-40 years.

While choosing the color and pattern of the granite for your kitchen, carefully consider your home decor. Ponder over questions like; will you change the decor or not, will the granite shade match with the overall look of the kitchen or not etc. Try to go for neutral colors as they are more flexible and can complement any decor changes in the future. Choose carefully and don’t rely on somebody else like a construction expert to choose the granite for you. This is your house and hence it would be good if you make this decision yourself.

We, at Northern Granite Works, have the largest and the most exquisite selection of granite and quartz countertops for kitchens and washrooms etc. Please contact or visit us at our showroom to discuss the possibilities and materials available to you.

 

 

How to Care for Your Granite Countertop

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Know Your Stone

Natural stone can be classified into two general categories according to its composition:

1.     Siliceous stone

2.     Calcareous stone

Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles. It is usually very durable and relatively easy to clean with mild acidic cleaning solutions. Types of this stone are: granite, slate, sand-stone, quartzite, brownstone and bluestone.

Calcareous stone is composed of mostly calcium carbonate. It is extremely sensitive to acidic cleaning products and sometimes requires different cleaning procedures. Refer to your fabricator. Types of this stone are: marble, travertine, limestone and onyx.

 

Daily Care and Precautions

Use coasters under all glasses, especially drinks with alcohol or any type of citrus juice. A lot of common food and drink contain acids that can etch or dull the surface of your stone. Do not place hot items directly on your countertops, use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under dishes.

 

Granite Sealing

The purpose of sealing your granite is to keep it from getting cloudy or stained due to extensive use. It is recommended to seal every one to two years, but if the stone gets a lot of use, sealing every six months is better.

 

How to Seal Your Countertops

Cover areas like corners and walls that you don’t want sealed with masking tape.

Be sure that the surface is clear of any debris and has been dry for 6-12 hours prior.

Pour or spray the entire surface until it is completely wet. When it begins to dry within 3-5 minutes, re wet the surface with another thin layer of sealant.

After 30 minutes, wipe the excess sealer off with a clean, dry white terry cloth towel.

If the excess dries on the surface, spray or pour more sealer onto the granite and immediately wipe away.

It should be visible that the sealant has done its job, leaving your stone looking smooth and stainless.

 

marble and granite countertops in Barrie ONBasic Care and Cleaning

The natural stone you have purchased is an investment that will give you decades of beautiful service. Here are some simple care and maintenance tips that will keep your granite looking as great as the day it was installed.

Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces because of their abrasiveness. If you have granite on your floors, place mats or area rugs in front of doors to reduce sand, dirt and grit. Make sure the rug is non-slip on the underside. Normally, it takes a person about eight steps on a floor or surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes..

Clean the surface whenever needed with just a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available with us or at any granite tile supply shop) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Be sure to use a clean rag or towel and not too much soap as to avoid streaking.

Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solutions and dry is a clean towel. Be sure to change rinse water frequently.

DO NOT use products that contain lemon, vinegar, scouring powders or creams, or any other cleaner with high acid count that might otherwise etch or scratch the surface.

Soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, be sure to use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Frequent use of ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

Be sure to blot up all spills immediately, before they can penetrate the surface.

Vanity tops may need a good quality marble wax or even a non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spots.

 

Polishing and Enriching Color

Polishing is recommended twice a year to keep your granite looking smooth and shiny. Any basic polisher will enrich the color of your granite as well.

Shake bottle well to mix polisher fully.

Apply the polish to stone surface using a clean, dry white terry cloth towel.

Let polish dry to haze for 2 minutes.

Wipe off haze with you’re a clean, dry white terry cloth towel.

Products and where to purchase them…

Any Costco, Home Depot or Best Buy will have everything from sealant to polisher to daily cleaner, and at reasonable prices. Remember if you have any trouble at all give us a call and we can locate you whatever products you may need.

Remember that your granite has already been sealed by use before installation, so you won’t need to re-seal for another 10 years.

NBW – Never use Windex or store bought proprietary cleaners on your new granite counters. It will destroy the polished surface in a very short space of time. Only ever clean the counters with dishwashing soap and warm water.

A maintenance product like Du Pont Revitaliser is a wonderful way of retaining your seal coat and cleaning your counters on a Monthly basis.

Quartz (Man Made)

With the many varieties of countertop materials available, it’s often challenging for homeowners to determine which will be the best choice for their home. To aid in this process, we offer nine reasons why you should seriously consider quartz vs. granite as your top choice.

1. Cost. Every homeowner has a budget for their home renovations. You want the best value for your money. Quartz is less expensive than exotic granite. If your kitchen is large with lots of counter space, the cost of your counter top can quickly rise to high numbers. With quartz, you don’t have to compromise a great look for an affordable price.

2. Appearance. Quartz, unlike other stone slabs, can be crafted with a controlled appearance. hanstone quartz countertopThe way quartz slabs are produced allows the manufacturer to ensure that the slab is exactly the color, texture and pattern that you want. There are no defects in the slab to cut around and run up the cost.

3. Strength. Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with 7% resin binder and some colorant. This creates an extremely hard stone that is stronger that granite or marble. The slab is the same working thickness as other materials, and it is shaped, cut and finished using the same stone-cutting equipment.

4. Non-porous. Granite and marble are both porous stones with tiny capillary channels between the minerals. If you spill wine on unsealed granite or marble, the wine can sink into these channels and potentially permanently stain the stone. Quartz has no channels and it never requires sealing. Quartz is very stain resistant. This makes it much easier to use and maintain in the kitchen or bathroom.

5. Hygienic. Top brand quartz counters, are manufactured to be hygienic and to reduce the opportunity for bacteria to grow. This makes top brand quartz counters appropriate for food preparation and consumption.

countertop6. Maintenance. Granite and marble countertops must be sealed regularly to prevent staining and the growth of bacteria. This maintenance adds to the cost of these countertops. Quartz does not require sealing or other routine maintenance to maintain its beauty and functionality.

7. Color consistency. Most homeowners are not aware that some granite slabs are commercially dyed in order to improve their sales profiles. The most commonly dyed slabs are the family of black granites. Over time, these dyes change and the appearance of the counter may not be what the customer expected. Quartz is manufactured in many colors, and the color is consistent throughout the entire slab.

8. Cleaning. When you pay for your counter, you want it to be user friendly. With quartz, cleaning the counter is easy. The quartz washes off with soap and water and looks as good as new. You don’t have to use special bacteria-preventing soaps. Read more about caring for and maintaining quartz countertops here.

9. Scratches. Quartz, because of its design and manufacturing process, is a durable and scratch resistant product. By exercising standard care, your finish will look fabulous throughout your countertop’s lifetime.

 

 

 


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