10 Granite Countertop Ideas for Your Indoor or Outdoor Bar

Why go out to a watering hole when you can create the ideal celebration or relaxation spot at home with either an indoor or outdoor bar with stylish granite countertops? When it comes to looks, versatility, and durability granite is the way to go.

Granite is the ideal material for a bar countertop for a den or a classy outdoor patio. Caring for granite countertops outside is no more of a hassle than cleaning anything else outside. Basic cleaning is the same regardless of location. Simply rinse with water and use mild soap. To cut down on the need to clean off debris from trees and animals, cover outdoor countertops when not in use.

  1. On Tap: If you plan to entertain big, say for those sports nights with the guys, then having a customized beer tap installed can allow for all the fun of a sports bar at home.
  2. In the Corner: Designing your bar to occupy a corner of your den or library or even your living room similar to a corner bookcase is a way to conserve space, and keep within the style of the room.
  3. Walk-Up Mini Bar: Bars do not have to be elaborate to be present. A mini bar can be designed to resemble an elegant side table.
  4. Among the Books: A home bar can be discretely incorporated with a bookcase along the wall.
  5. An Island: An island design, similar to a kitchen island, allows for the placement of a couple of stools. This design can work well indoors or out. If it is outdoors then a custom built grill can add to the alfresco atmosphere.
  6. Lovely L: An L-shape design can be utilized for most basement bars as it can be large or small, and topped with granite as opposed to wood can enhance the overall appearance.
  7. Party Hut: Constructing a hut like bar is great for outdoors to shade you and your guests from the sun, and keep your granite cool to the touch.
  8. Bartender Box: A cubical design puts you in the center of your home bar for the full cocktail effect.
  9. Solid Slab: Having your bar cut from a solid slab ensures a smooth even finish.
  10. Tiled Top: A bar top made of granite tiles can give you all the durability of granite, but may allow a more unique design.

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

 

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10 Ways Granite Countertops Add Value to Your Home

When it comes to adding value to your home there are very few investments as beneficial as granite countertops. Granite countertops, especially those installed in the kitchen can be the make it or break it factor for buying or selling any home.

  1. When properly sealed and maintained, granite countertops are virtually scratch, stain, and chip resistant. No other material can make that boast save diamond.
  2. Maintenance is relatively simple, usually not requiring more than hot water and a soft cloth, and periodic re-sealing, which tends to be about once a year. Since no special cleaning agents are necessary to clean off stubborn stains, this can save you money.
  3. Granite is durable enough to allow food prep such as cutting vegetables directly on its surface. Cutting boards can harbor bacteria over time as they accumulate grooves and indentions from repeated use. This does not happen with granite as most knives are not made of adequate tensile strength to do any damage to the stone.
  4. The cool stone surface is ideal for prepping and kneading dough for any and all baking projects. This can add joy to the holiday season if you enjoy baking.
  5. It is heat resistant, meaning that if you neglect to use a heat pad when placing hot pans directly on its surface you need not worry about burn damage. This also applies to leaving a curling iron on the counter in the bathroom should the countertops there be made of granite as well.
  6. Granite countertops tend to add a minimum re-sale value of ten percent to your home, and can add around twenty-five percent of the retail value to the appraisal value of your home. While there are no guarantees on specific numbers, it is clear that there is a marked increase, and never a decrease on a well-installed countertop.
  7. Because of the way granite forms naturally with its variations of colors, vein variations, and added flecks no two countertops are alike, making each one distinctive and unique. How many other features of a home provide practical use while also coming close to being a work of art?
  8. The cost-effectiveness of granite is seen in the installation cost versus the longevity of the stone. With easy maintenance it will outlast most other features of your home. It will not degrade, or need replacing due to aging.
  9. Granite countertops add a sense of elegance to any kitchen or bathroom with their natural stone appeal and custom edging. The rich tones ranging from earthy to some more colorful variations can complement a wide range of decorating styles, and provide the perfect accent or focus depending on preference.

10.  Granite slabs can be cut to allow customization with sink and faucet designs for a one of a kind look, giving your home unique value. It is also possible to have special cuts made to hold soap dispenses for added refinement.

We service Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, and the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Contact us or call Affordable Surface Products at (336) 375-5672 for a variety of granite selections from standard to exotic options for your home.

 

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“Green” Your Home With Natural Stone Countertops

In the past few decades, homeowners have discovered the many advantages of using sustainable building materials in home construction. Natural stone, like granite and marble, is an excellent choice when attempting to “green” your home. It is an environmentally friendly product that is affordable, safe and durable.

There has been a growing movement to reduce our waste and increase the sustainability of the materials we use in our homes. One way to do this is to choose building materials that are earth-friendly. Stone’s natural characteristics, including durability, recyclability and ease of maintenance make it an ideal choice for those homeowners who want to incorporate green products in their homes. Stone can be used for countertops, vanities, flooring, tiling and more.

One aspect of stone that makes it an earth-friendly product is the fact that it is found naturally and requires very little energy to become a finished product. While there is some energy consumed for quarrying and processing, it is relatively small when compared with other building materials. We are able to extract stone from the quarry without major blasting operations, protecting the environment and wildlife in that area.

Because stones like granite and marble are so durable, they will last a lifetime with very maintenance. If properly sealed, you can avoid stains that can damage the appearance of the stone. As a result, you have a beautiful countertop surface that continues to look great for many years to come. This type of longevity is good for our environment because it keeps materials out of our already over crowded landfills. Choosing durable and long lasting materials is the smart way to design or remodel your home.

Going green not only refers to the external environment, but the quality of air in your home as well. This is why so many homeowners are turning away from chemical laden materials and installing stone countertops instead. Granite is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, making it an ideal choice for the kitchen. You will have peace of mind knowing that your granite countertop is healthy and not making your family sick. It is safe to use in all areas where food preparation takes place.

As your stone surface ages, it only becomes more beautiful and adds a richness and elegance to your home décor that you simply cannot find with other materials. No harsh chemicals are needed to clean it. You can avoid dangerous cleaners that have high volatile organic compounds (VOC). In fact, all you need is soapy water and soft cloth to clean the surface and bring out the natural shine of the stone.

“Going green” is not an all or nothing proposition. You can make small changes that can have a big impact on your environment, both inside and outside of your home. Replacing your worn out countertops with natural stone is a good way to add sustainable materials to your home. It is a smart choice for the environment and your health. Plus, natural stone is more affordable now than ever. You might be surprised at how easily a granite countertop will fit into your budget.

Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC has a large selection of natural stone countertops, including granite and marble. You can visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive or get a free quote today!

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Are Granite Countertops Affordable?

Granite has a reputation for being expensive and out of reach for most homeowners. While this may have been true at one time, granite is much more affordable than ever before. Drastic improvements in technology have made the quarrying and fabrication of natural stone much more economical than in the past.

There are a lot of materials available when choosing new countertops for your kitchen or bathrooms. Natural stone, wood, laminate, solid surface, stainless steel and engineered stone are among the most popular choices. You may be surprised to find out that granite is not the most expensive choice. In fact, there are granite countertops available that will end up being less expensive than some synthetic choices.

Granite countertops vary in price according to the color and size you choose. Details such as finish and edge selection will also affect the price. Affordable Surface Products will give you a firm estimate so you know exactly how much your new countertops will cost without any surprises.

When you choose a natural stone, like granite, you are getting a highly durable, long-lasting material that will stay beautiful for many years to come. Other materials do not have the same longevity that you find with stone. This feature is one reason that homeowners choose to invest in stone rather than a less expensive, less durable material. Granite countertops are a good investment that will add value to your home.

If you are curious about how much granite countertops will cost, contact Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC for more information. We provide high quality, affordable stone products for homes in High Point, Winston Salem, Burlington, Kernersville and the entire Piedmont Triad.

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The Importance of Sealing Your Granite Countertops

Granite is one of the most durable and beautiful materials for countertops. It is no wonder that it has become the premier choice for homeowners who want an upscale and elegant kitchen or bathroom. Granite is an investment in your home and should be properly maintained. Sealing your surface will ensure that it stays in top condition for many years to come.

Granite is a naturally porous stone so you will want to have it sealed when installed and resealed when needed. Sealants block liquids from seeping into the stone and help it resist dirt and stains. Different pieces of granite have different porosities. Some countertops will need to be sealed more often than others.

To determine if it time to reseal your granite countertop, dribble some water on the surface. If it beads up, your sealant is in good shape. If it soaks into the granite, it is time to apply a high quality sealant. Affordable Surface Products assists our customers in properly sealing their countertops for maximum protection.

Don’t put off sealing your countertops. Even a small spill can cause damage to your beautiful surface. Keeping your granite properly maintained will allow it to look beautiful for many years to come. Sealants are one of the best ways to ensure that your granite countertops will remain strong and beautiful, no matter how much use they receive.

Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC is the area’s leading fabricator of granite countertops for the kitchen and bathroom. Visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive or contact us for a free quote. We are a short drive from High Point, Winston Salem, Kernersville and Burlington.

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Custom Countertops: An Affordable Way to Update Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best ways to add value to your home. However, many homeowners simply do not have the budget or desire to undergo a major home renovation. One way to instantly transform the look of your kitchen, without enduring months of construction, is to replace your old countertops with granite. Custom granite countertops will transform the entire look of the room without the costly expensive of a renovation project.

Countertops are a major feature in most kitchens. Often, they are one of the first things that people notice when they walk in the room. Worn, chipped or unattractive countertops can diminish the look of the room. An easy and affordable way to update your room is to replace your old countertops with custom countertops made of granite. New countertops will update your kitchen, drawing your visitors’ eyes to the surface and away from other areas in the room.

You may be surprised at how affordable granite countertops can be. Drastic improvements in technology have made the quarrying and fabrication of natural stone more economical. In fact, a new granite slab may be less expensive than some man-made materials, including Corian. If you have not priced granite countertops in a while, come by Affordable Surface Products to find out how affordable they can be. You will not want to settle with a synthetic material when you discover that beautiful stone is an option.

Visit Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC to learn more about granite countertops for the home. Our focus is on helping you improve your quality of life through remodeling your kitchen or bathroom with unique granite countertops. We are worth the drive from Winston Salem, Kernersville, High Point, and Burlington.

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Choosing a Color For Your Granite Countertops

No matter what size your kitchen or bathroom, granite countertops can transform the whole look of the room. With so many beautiful colors to choose from, granite is an ideal choice for any type of décor. Homeowners are sure to find custom countertops that will enhance their style and compliment any color palette.

A large part of choosing a stone color is personal preference. Individuals are typically drawn to colors that they find pleasing and beautiful. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting stone for your countertops. Most fabricators will encourage you to choose your slab in person as each piece has its own unique characteristics and colors. Picking out a color for your granite slab is not something you want to do online or in a catalog.

Granite is a highly durable stone so your countertop should last for many years to come. Purchasing and installing a granite countertop is a true investment in your home. Because of the longevity of the stone, you will want to be sure that you choose a color that you can live with for many years. While colors like black or green may seem fun and interesting, you may tire of these colors over time. This is why homeowners often choose more neutral colors like brown, tan, or grey. Plus, neutral colors tend to be more popular when it comes time to sell your home.

Take some time to look at home design magazines or displays that your granite fabricator may have. Often, these images will give you an idea of what you like or do not like. Study the full range of colors available so that you know what your options are. Keep in mind that the colors you see online may look very different in person.

You will want to choose a color that will compliment your cabinets and other features of your kitchen. One of the best ways to determine the ideal color for your home is to take home sample pieces from your stone retailer. Placing theses samples at various spots around the room can help you visualize how the slab will look. You will want to select a color that will blend well with every aspect of the room.

The amount of light in your room may also influence what color you choose for your countertops. If your room is dark or receives very little natural light, you will want to choose a light stone to brighten up the space. Some individuals prefer to have a noticeable contrast of colors in their room. For example, if you have very light cabinetry and flooring, a dark, dramatic countertop can really make a big impact on the look and feel of the room.

One design element that can really make your kitchen look upscale is to juxtapose a light kitchen island countertop with darker counters surrounding it. Mixing and matching your stones creates a unique and interesting appearance that will make your whole room look and feel luxurious and sophisticated.

No matter what color stone you choose, you can be sure that when you install granite countertops, you are getting a high quality, beautiful product that will last for many years to come. Find a granite fabricator in your area who can help you select a stone color that will enhance your room and compliment the existing structures in your kitchen.

Let the design experts at Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC help you find the granite countertops that will enhance your kitchen and upgrade your home. Contact us or come by our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive to see our full selection of granite.

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Five Reasons Why Homeowners Prefer Granite Countertops in the Kitchen

Granite countertops can totally transform the look and feel of your kitchen. The strength, durability, and beauty of granite make it an ideal choice for individuals who want to create an upscale, sophisticated feel to their kitchen. When properly installed and maintained, granite will remain in top condition for many years to come. Listed below are five reasons why granite is the ideal choice for kitchen countertops.

  1. Add Value to Your Home: Remodeling a kitchen is a good investment in your home. Granite countertops give the entire room an upscale, high-end look that homebuyers will appreciate. Granite is classic and timeless. It will never go out of style.
  2. Upscale Product: With granite countertops, your entire kitchen looks richer and more elegant. Your friends and family will immediately notice the luxurious feel and richness of the stone. Granite is available in a variety of colors and styles that blend with any décor.
  3. Durable: Granite is the most durable and easy to maintain of all natural stone products. This makes it an ideal surface for food preparation or any other task you perform in your kitchen.
  4. Sanitary: This natural stone is mildew and mold resistant. Granite is a sanitary surface that is safe for food preparation and all of the activities that take place in the kitchen.
  5. Affordable: Granite is much more affordable than you may realize. In fact, it can be less expensive than some synthetic products. The team at Affordable Surface Products will work with you to find granite that meets your budget and surpasses your expectations.

Whether you prefer granite countertops for your bathroom or kitchen, Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC delivers high quality and affordable stones to customers across Winston Salem, High Point, Kernersville, and the entire Piedmont Triad. Visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive or contact us for a free quote.

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Advantages of Replacing Your Kitchen Countertops with Granite

Whether you are considering a complete renovation or simply want to update a few features in your kitchen, replacing your countertops can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your room. Smart homeowners know that choosing granite countertops over synthetic materials will add value to their home and provide a durable and beautiful workspace for the entire family to enjoy.

When choosing new countertops for your home, you may be surprised at all of the choices available. Man-made materials, like laminate, are popular because of their affordability and easy installation. While many of these products are made to resemble granite or other natural stones, they do not have the depth or richness of color that is found in a natural material. Synthetic materials can scratch and scorch if not properly cared for. They do not offer the longevity that you find with a stone product.

Granite is a highly durable natural stone that is quarried from deep in the earth. It is very heat resistant and will not chip or crack easily. Once it properly sealed, it will resist stains and discoloration with proper care. Granite comes in a variety of rich shades that include veining, patterning, and specks of color that reflect in the sunlight and look beautiful from every angle. Because it is a natural product, each slab has its own unique characteristics that add an undeniable sophistication to any kitchen.

One reason that homeowners may be tempted to choose laminate to replace their countertops is the fact that this material is typically less expensive than granite and other stones. Homeowners who want to save some money on their remodeling project may be tempted to choose an inferior product because the initial cost is less. What they do not realize is that paying a little more for granite will be an investment in their home that will add style and value to their kitchen. Plus, some synthetic materials like Corian and quartz based products can actually cost more than granite. Take time to comparison shop. You may be surprised at how affordable granite can be.

Potential buyers will appreciate the addition of granite countertops. They understand that with a little maintenance and routine care, these countertops will stay beautiful for many years to come. In fact, they may last for the lifetime of the home. Synthetic materials typically need to be replaced within a few years because they are not as durable as granite. When you remodel your kitchen with granite, you are making a choice that will add value to your home. A well-designed, modern kitchen will generally result in a higher resale value when it comes time to sell.

Because granite is cut into slabs, installation requires specialized skills and tools that most individuals do not have. This is why you need to have your granite countertops professionally installed by a knowledgeable installation expert who is experienced and well trained. Once your granite slab is properly in place, it will remain beautiful and secure for years to come. If a crack or chip should occur, there are stone specialists who can repair the surface so that the damage is virtually unnoticeable.

Granite countertops are an effective way to update and beautify your kitchen. While the initial cost may be more than some inferior alternatives, advances in technology have made the quarrying and fabrication of granite more affordable than ever. Speak with a stone specialist in your area for more information about the many benefits of granite.

Affordable Surface Products is the area’s premier source for granite countertops. Visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive in Greensboro, NC or contact us for a free quote!

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Custom Countertops for the Kitchen and Bathrooms

One way to make your home look more upscale and sophisticated is to install custom countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. With beautiful counters made of marble or granite, your whole room is instantly transformed and updated. Stone adds a unique elegance that simply cannot be found using wood or synthetic materials.

While there are many different materials available for countertops, stone is considered an ideal choice for many reasons. More than just beautiful, granite and marble are easy to maintain and will last a lifetime. Stone is a valuable way to customize your kitchen and bathrooms so that they are more functional and add elegance to your whole home.

Kitchen Countertops: The surfaces of your kitchen get a lot of use. From food prep to paying bills or playing cards, families tend to gather around your kitchen countertops for a variety of activities. Inferior materials simply cannot withstand the wear and tear as well as stone. Marble and granite are highly durable and make a smooth surface for completing all of your daily tasks.

Bathroom Countertops: Just like your kitchen, bathrooms tend to have a lot of traffic in and out. Stone countertops will not only impress your guests but they add value to your home. Granite and marble give the whole room a unique and elegant appeal. Stone is an ideal material for high-humidity areas, like bathrooms.

Because there are so many colors and shades of stone available, it is very easy to incorporate it into your current décor. You are sure to find a marble or granite countertop that will appeal to your style and compliment your home design. You will want to inspect your countertop in person as each piece has its own unique shadings and colors.

The design team at Affordable Surface Products in Greensboro, NC is ready to help you choose beautiful granite or marble countertops for your kitchen or bathroom. Our installation experts will travel up to 50 miles to service our clients in Winston Salem, High Point, Kernersville, Burlington, and Elon. Click here for directions!

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