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Top Five Trending Granite Colors

Have you been looking to upgrade your countertops but don’t know what to upgrade to? Marble Granite Connection is here to help. In this blog, we’ll break down five of the highest trending granite colors to help you decide which is best for your lifestyle and design preferences. 

Natural stone is unmatched in its durability and appearance and each piece of granite is a one-of-a-kind look that other countertops surfaces can’t compare to. Granite countertops can make any kitchen look amazing and become the talk of the room. Granite has always been the number one choice thanks to its rich colors and natural patterns. Marble Granite Connection carries a wide range of granite in different colors and patterns. 

Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado is the perfect material to use for countertops and backsplashes and it can be used in indoor and outdoor environments. This natural stone features a subtle gray backdrop with dark minerals running throughout it. The gray works well with darker cabinetry and the darker elements pair great with lighter touches. Valle Nevado varies from slab to slab so you’re guaranteed to get a look unique to you. 

Dallas White

The white backdrop of Dallas White is complimented nicely with lavender and light grey accents. You’ll find a mix of cream and brown throughout this stone and it’s guaranteed to catch the eyes of anyone who enters your home. This is the perfect option for someone who doesn’t want dark but also doesn’t want bright white countertops. 

Thunder White

Do you enjoy the elegant look of marble but love the durability of granite? Then Thunder White is meant for you. This stone mixes white, grey, and cream swirls with small red flakes. It gives the appearance of marble with veining found in White Carrara. It looks especially good with darker wood cabinets and reds will pop thanks to the flakes inside the stone.

Azul Platino

This stone has risen in popularity is thanks to its gray-blue tones. This granite is readily available with consistent colors and patterns. 

White Ice

One of the most popular white granites on the market, White Ice can be recognized immediately thanks to its pristine beauty. This stone has been admired for years and continues to be even today. This white stone has shades of grey and blue running throughout. Pair this stone with darker cabinets and you’ll be in love. 

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Have you been sold on a granite color from this list? If so, MGC is ready to help you get it installed in your home. Head over to our contact page today and we’ll be ready to help. 

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How to Seal Granite Countertops

The process of sealing counters is one that will make your granite countertops shine like new and give them the longest possible life. A majority of homeowners will consider the pros and cons of each type of countertop material before making the decision to have them installed. While granite countertops do require some maintenance, they are still worth it due to the beauty and value they add to your home. If you’re looking for a material that doesn’t require sealing, quartz countertops are an amazing choice. 

MGC wants to help you in the situation that your countertops fail the water test. Here is everything you need to know for sealing granite countertops.

Is Granite Porous?

This is an important question for homeowners who are looking to remodel their kitchen or bathroom. Renovations can be expensive so it’s important to have all the necessary information before making a decision. Granite is a porous material that requires sealing in order to be protected from liquids. In order to know if it’s time to reseal your countertops, you should perform the water test.

The Water Test. Is It Time to Seal Granite Countertops? 

The water test is a simple test and is conducted in the following way.

  • Pour a ¼ cup of water onto your granite countertops
  • Time the moment it was poured to the moment it is absorbed
  • If the water was repelled, you DO NOT need to seal
  • If the water was absorbed and left a dark spot, you DO need to seal your granite countertops.

Granite Water Absorption

  • Instant water absorption means you should apply a few layers of granite sealant annually and wipe off any spills quickly.
  • 4 to 5-minute water absorption means you will need a few layers of sealer but you only need to reseal every 3 to 5 years. 
  • 10-minute water absorption means you need a single layer of sealer and it may need to be reapplied after many years. 
  • 30-minute water absorption or no absorption means there is no need for a sealer at this time.

How to Seal Granite Countertops

Before your seal granite countertops, make sure to do the water test. If your granite countertops are absorbing liquids then a sealer can prevent serious damage. A sealer will not make your countertops shine. Polishing will make them shiny. 

  1. Perform The Water Test: Refer to the testing instructions above to know if it’s time to seal your countertops.
  2. Natural Stone Sealer: You’ll need a sealer that is meant for natural stone. MORE Surface Care has a great selection of stone-safe options.
  3. Read Sealer Instructions: Before using the sealer, make sure to read the instructions and warnings to know the exact details.
  4. Clean Granite Countertops: It’s important to clean your countertops before sealing them. 
  5. Apply The Sealer Evenly: Spray the bottle of sealer a generous amount on the countertop and let the sealer absorb into the granite stone for about twenty minutes. Make sure to check the instructions on the sealer for exact instructions for that brand.
  6. Wipe Off The Sealer: In some cases, a second layer may need to be applied. Some brands require a second layer so make sure to read the instructions for exact timing and layers. 
  7. Do Not Use The Countertop For 48 Hours: After following all instructions, DO NOT use the countertops for 2 full days.

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New Countertops For The Color Of The Year

Just like every other industry, things are always changing and evolving. The interior design industry is no different. New trends are constantly coming in and out. If you’re interested in interior design then you probably have seen the 2022 colors of the year. These selected colors have one thing in common: the 2022 honorees are green, from Sherwin-Williams’s Evergreen Fog to Benjamin Moore’s October Mist. If you’re a fan of these colors like we are, then you may have already started looking for new countertops that will match these beautiful colors.

What’s With Green?

You’ll notice that this year features a lot of green colors. Colors have the power to influence different emotions and affect your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Paint brands are aware of this and have begun creating colors that are more soothing and create a serene environment that anyone would enjoy being in. 

Color of the Year: Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams

This year’s color of the year selected by Sherwin-Williams is called Evergreen Fog. This color is subtle but also effective at making different parts of a home feel relaxing and inviting. This organic color can be put in entryways to establish a quiet and calm environment. Consider putting it in your bedroom or bathroom or your living room to introduce invigorating energy.

Color of the Year: October Mist by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has decided to name its color of the year October Mist. This amazing color is a soft and silvery green that resembles a flower stem. The color also serves as a foundation for the brand’s larger 2022 color trends palette.

New Countertops For New Colors

In the last few years, white countertops and white kitchens have dominated homes. It was the most popular color for countertops last year. This trend has made people wonder how they can make their kitchen stand out from the rest. New countertops combined with the new colors of the year can make for an amazing kitchen space. MGC has some countertops that we think pair amazingly with these incredible colors.

Silestone Calacatta Gold

This quartz countertop is already one of our most popular countertops, but we think it looks amazing paired with either Evergreen or October Mist. The blend of cream and blueish grey veins makes for an amazing pair with either of the colors to create a combination that’s both unique and comfortable. The subtle gold colors add some glam to the soothing green hue. 

Not a Fan of White?

Understandably, some people won’t be a fan of white since it’s been one of the more popular colors for some time. We also recommend Viatera – Everest, Silestone – Desert Silver, and Silestone – Noir. All of these new countertops would make for an amazing combination. 

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New countertops can transform the way a home feels. Combined with the colors of the year, your home will feel like something new, unique, and comfortable. Marble Granite Connection has the new countertops you need to make it happen. Visit our contact page if you have any questions. 

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Alternatives to Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are seen as the best tops you can get for your kitchen or bathroom. The bright color and unique patterns paired with the amazing durability make it something that everyone wants. New countertops are something that is thought of during every home renovation project, and marble countertops might be something that sounds intriguing to add to your home. Considering the pros and cons of marble is something everyone must do in order to determine if it’s right for them.

It’s hard to steer away from marble since it’s timeless, flexible and has a premium texture you can’t find anywhere else. It also offers a wide range of veining and colors that can fit into any home design. The most intriguing thing about marble is that it increases your home’s value. However, marble is also one of the most expensive countertop solutions on the market, so it’s understandable why you would want to steer away from it. Marble Granite Connection wants to suggest some alternatives to marble countertops that can give the same look and feel without breaking the bank.

Marble Look-Alike Options

Marble offers many benefits, which is why so many people can fall in love with it so easily. Even with these benefits, the cost can make it not seem like the best option. This is why it’s important to know about some of the stone alternatives that look just like marble. Thanks to advanced technology, it’s now possible to recreate the marble look for a fraction of the cost.

Granite

Many people are often thrilled to find out that granite can closely resemble the look of marble. Granite is often the first choice for many people before they even consider marble. Granite is an igneous rock meaning it is more durable than marble. Since they are both naturally porous stones, they will both stain over time if not treated properly.

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone is just another name for quartz. Quartz is a nonporous stone, meaning it doesn’t need the same level of maintenance as marble countertops. Quartz comes in a large range of patterns and designs that closely resemble marble.

Compact Surface

Compact surface countertops offer the same white veining that marble offers and is a much more affordable option. Next time you consider a home renovation, ask about compact surface countertops. You may be surprised by what you find.

Get New Countertops Today!

It’s time for you to sit back and relax while the pros at Marble Granite Connections take care of your countertop installation. We’ll transform your home in the best way possible! If you’re looking to schedule a countertop installation or have any other questions about what we can do for you, visit our contact page or call us at 954-783-2118.

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The Beauty of Natural Stone

When the thought of natural stone countertops comes to mind, you probably think of marble, granite, and quartzite materials. While these are the ones you’ll find in most homes, Marble Granite Connection wants to introduce you to some of the natural stones you may not be familiar with. One of these choices is soapstone. Soapstone is a wonderful natural stone that works for both kitchens and bathrooms. Natural stone is a great choice since their all one-of-a-kind. There will never be two pieces of natural stone that are the same. We’ll be providing you with a complete overview of natural stone along with some of the benefits you’ll find.

 

Benefits of Natural Stone 

Natural stone comes, well, naturally! Since it comes naturally from the earth, no two pieces of natural stone will ever be the same. They feature different fissures, cracks, chips, and pores. This isn’t to scare you, this is what makes natural stone such a beautiful addition to your home. Natural stone is also extremely durable. It’s extremely resistant to scratches, stains, heat, and other common kitchen resistances. Natural stone countertops can transform how your kitchen looks and feels. 

 

Pros & Cons of Natural Stone Countertops

No matter which type of natural stone you decide to go with, each have their different pros and cons. Take these into consideration for the next time you decide to renovate your kitchen or bathroom. 

 

Granite

  • Pro: Durability – Granite countertops are the king of durability as they are resistant to heat, scratches, dents, and stains
  • Con: Resealing: Since granite is so porous, it requires resealing every 1 to 2 years in order to protect it from staining.

Marble

  • Pro: Marble not only looks good but if taken care of properly, it can be used to increase property value
  • Con: Easily stained

Quartzite

  • Pro: Similar to marble, quartzite produces amazing patterns and designs, making its appearance the reason it’s so sought after.
  • Con: While quartz is strong and durable, it is weak against cuts and scratches

Soapstone

  • Pro: Soapstone is extremely easy to clean. Non-porous makes it cleanable with just soap and a rag.
  • Con: Soapstone feels good to the touch, and because of this, avoid cutting on it as it will scratch easily.

 

Applications

Natural stone can be included in many parts of your home. The most common places you’ll find it are the kitchen and bathroom, but it can also be found outside for patios and fireplaces. It can also be used as flooring, backsplash, and so more.

 

Contact the Pros Today

It’s time for you to sit back and relax while the pros at Marble Granite Connections take care of your countertop installation. We’ll transform your home in the best way possible! If you’re looking to schedule a countertop installation or have any other questions about what we can do for you, visit our contact page or call us at 954-783-2118.

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