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10 Interesting Granite Tile Designs for Your Home or Business

Granite is a durable natural stone available in a wide variety of color gradations with varying flecks of quartz, feldspar and mica guaranteeing a unique look no matter what kind you choose. Granite tiles can open up a world of interesting design options for your home or business that go beyond simple floor plans. Granite tiles can be used to form patterns for floors, walls, and back splashes indoors or outdoors.

  1. Checkerboard: By using large squares of light and dark colored granite you can create a checkerboard effect.
  2. Solid color variant: Even if you choose one type of granite each tile will be slightly different due to the natural variants in the stone.
  3. Vertical/horizontal layout: This is where all the tiles are laid out in squares to create a traditional tiled layout.
  4. Diamond layout: This is exactly as it sounds. Tiles are laid out with points up like a diamond rather than flat side up like a square.
  5. Varying size squares: By combining large, medium, and small size granite tiles patterns can be made to form a unique look made even more so if you opt to use varying color variants.
  6. Stepping stones: For floors this can be a neat design idea with the majority of tiles being one color, and select tiles of a different color to provide the visual of stepping stones leading to a reception desk, or from one doorway to another.
  7. Mosaic: Choosing multiple color variations can allow you to make virtually any pattern combination similar to ceramic mosaics, but with the added durability that only granite can offer.
  8. Bars and stripes: This also involves choosing two different types such as a light and dark tile to lay out in alternating lines for a bars or stripes look.
  9. Bar graph: Laying out different colors for a bar graph appearance is another way to add a distinctive accent without an overly complicated pattern.
  10. Fading transition: Choosing tiles of similar color that can be laid out from darkest to lightest or vice verse on a wall can give the impression of a brightening or darkening sky. This works particularly well with granite colors with golden tones, flecks, or veins running through.

There is virtually no limit to the patterns or designs that one can conceive of utilizing granite tiles. Laid properly they can out last any other material, requiring only occasional sealing. Granite is stain resistant to the point of it being almost a non-issue. Dry dust mopping floors regularly with only the occasional mopping is all that is required for even the highest traffic areas. Spills should be cleaned immediately to reduce the risk of slipping.

Used for walls, back splashes, and countertops the maintenance is about the same. Wipe down with a damp cloth from time to time, cleaning up spilled liquids immediately to reduce the need for further cleaning. Mild soap or simply using hot water is all that is really necessary to get the job done.

Contact Affordable Surface Products for a variety of granite selections from standard to exotic options for your home or business. We service Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, and the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.


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Marble Care and Maintenance

Marble is a natural stone that is characterized by its beautiful vein-like patterning and wide range of colors.  It has been a favorite among builders for thousands of years and is still popular in homes today.  One of the best ways to keep your marble looking great is to properly care for it and maintain it correctly.

While certainly beautiful and sophisticated, marble is softer and more porous than granite.  This means that homeowners must take special care to ensure that their marble surfaces remain in top condition.  There are some things that homeowners can do to ensure that their marble stays attractive.

  • •  Clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent damage to your marble surface
  • •  Use coasters under glasses
  • •  Use pads under hot dishes and cookware
  • •  Never use abrasive cleaners because they will scratch the surface
  • •  Use cleaners especially formulated for marble
  • •  Always dry marble to prevent water spots

When cared for properly, a marble countertop or surface will last for many years to come.  It is highly resistant to scratches, cracks, and breakage.  Because marble is available in so many colors, it is easily incorporated into any kitchen or bathroom design.  Marble instantly adds elegance and high-end appeal to any room in your home.

At Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC, we provide high quality, custom-made marble countertops for any room in your home.  We guarantee that all of our countertops will be installed properly and accurately.  Visit our showroom to discover all of the beautiful marble products we offer for the home.

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Transform Your Bathroom with Marble Tile and Vanities

Nothing evokes the feeling of elegance and classic beauty like marble.  It gives your bathroom a spa-like and luxurious feel that emits sensations of serenity and comfort.  Marble tiles and vanities will make your bathroom look upscale and elegant while increasing the functionality of the room.

Marble is an ideal material for the bathroom because it can withstand changes in temperature and humidity without being harmed.  When professionally polished, marble vanities are easy to take care of.  It is also a very sanitary substance that will not allow for the formation of mold and mildew.

One characteristic that homeowners tend to appreciate it that marble is very easy to clean.  Generally, it requires no more than a damp towel.  A gentle cleanser may be used for more stubborn spills.  The resilience of marble makes it a long-lasting product that will look beautiful for years to come.  Marble countertops and tiles should last the lifetime of your home if well cared for.

Because of the wide swirling patterns and colors available, no two marble bathrooms will look the same.  Each piece of marble has its own unique beauty that cannot be replicated in man-made materials.  Because there are so many options available, consumers are able to create bathrooms that reflect the individual style of their home.  Each room becomes a work of art that is both sophisticated and functional for the user.

Despite the initial cost of marble tile and vanities, the addition of marble in your bathroom can add untold value to your home.  Its perceived value by potential homebuyers makes it an ideal choice for a bathroom-remodeling project.  Not to mention, the joy it will give homeowners each time they walk into that room.

Affordable Surface Products provides high quality and affordable marble tiles and countertops.  Conveniently located in Greensboro, NC, we help homeowners in High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, and surrounding areas will natural stone products for their home.  Contact us at (336) 375-5672 or visit our showroom today.

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Remodel Your Bathroom With Natural Stone

Remodeling a bathroom with natural stone tiles and countertops adds value and style to any home.  Stone is one of the best materials to use in a bathroom because of its durability and stain-resistance.  With a variety of colors and textures available, stone products will compliment any design scheme or color palette.

Because bathrooms tend to be areas of high moisture and humidity, some synthetic materials may bubble or warp over the years.  Natural stone like marble or granite will remain beautiful and functional for a lifetime.  Using stone in a bathroom remodel ensures that your vanity and tiling will look great for years to come.

Natural stone is easily incorporated into the design and style of a bathroom. With a large range of colors and textures to choose from, homeowners are certain to find tiles or a countertop that will compliment the fixtures and cabinetry of their bathroom.   From almost white and light tan to deep blues and blacks, there are stones available in almost any color you can imagine.

There is a timeless beauty about natural products.  The unique qualities of each piece of tile add interest and classic appeal to any bathroom.  Used in building since the beginning of time, stone certainly is not a fad that will soon go out of style.  You will enjoy the sophistication and functionality that your stone tiles and vanity give your bathroom for years to come.

With so many beautiful choices at a variety of price ranges, it is no wonder that homeowners are choosing to incorporate natural stone into their bathrooms.  Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC offers a large selection of natural stone tiles and vanities to compliment the design of your bathroom remodel.  Contact us today to find out more about our products or for a free quote!

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