Historic Uses of Granite

We’re big fans of granite over here at Affordable Surface Products and so are our clients.  Granite is an extremely popular option used by many for remodeling projects due to its beauty, affordability and durability.  But few realize that historically granite has had multiple uses.  A recent article in USA Today outlines some of those uses.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

One of the more famous areas of America using granite is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.  The face carvings of four U.S. presidents on the south eastern side of Mount Rushmore is all granite.  Initially the idea was to promote South Dakota’s politicians.  But others insisted the project should honor national leaders and their accomplishments.  Over 3 million people visit the monument annually.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in Constitution Gardens near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  What made this possible, according to the USA article, is fundraising of veterans and families who wanted to honor soldiers lost in combat.  This is made with granite, sandblasted with more than 58,000 names of veterans who died or were missing in action.  It’s a touching place and well worth a visit.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fountain

The beloved Princess of Wales is honored in London’s Hyde Park with a memorial fountain. It is made from 545 pieces of Cornish granite and shaped by computer-controlled images.  This is said to reflect the beloved Princess’s life.  The granite fountain flows from the highest point cascading into a pool.  Three bridges can be crossed directly to the fountain.  This symbolizes the princess’s openness and quality, Royal Park officials say.

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Granite was quarried long, long ago in ancient Egypt.  Historians say its original purpose was for construction.  This natural stone was even then admired for being strong and durable and for having a huge range of textures, including medium to coarse.  In addition to its textures, its range of colors was admired as well.

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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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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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Upgrade Your Outdoor Kitchen Countertop with Granite

As homeowners discover the many benefits of an outdoor kitchen, they are becoming more commonplace in areas around the Piedmont Triad.  Outdoor kitchens are a beautiful place to entertain your family and friends and make a valuable addition to your home.  A granite countertop will finish your space by providing a beautiful surface for food prep and can serve as an outdoor eating area.

We are lucky to live in a beautiful area where are able to spend a considerable amount of time outside.  Our mild climate makes outdoor cooking and entertaining a viable option most months out of the year.  Your outdoor kitchen can be as simple or as complicated as you desire.  A beautiful and durable granite countertop will give you plenty of valuable space in which to prepare tasty meals.

Granite is an excellent choice for outdoors because of its durability.  As a natural stone, it is one of the strongest materials on Earth.  You can be sure that rainstorms and extreme temperatures will not damage your granite countertop.  Any pollen or dirt can be easily removed with soapy water.

Depending on the size of your outdoor space, Affordable Surface Products can install a beautiful granite countertop over your cabinets or island.  With so many color options available, homeowners are able to find the perfect slab to accent their outdoor décor.  You will be amazed at the depth of colors and natural beauty that granite offers.

Let Affordable Surface Products create an inviting outdoor space for you and your guests.  With a granite countertop, you will not only improve the look of your outdoor kitchen, you will make it more functional as well.  Contact us today for more information about pricing or stop by our showroom in Greensboro to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives.  We work with homeowners in Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, Kernersville, Burlington, and all surrounding areas of NC.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Granite

With so many options for countertops, bathroom vanities and tiling for the home, it can be difficult to choose the right material for your family.  There is so much information and misinformation available about granite and natural stone that we have compiled some frequently asked questions to help you in your search.

Does granite burn?

No–You can place a hot pot or pan directly on your granite countertop without worry.

Does granite stain?

No—Because granite is not very porous, it will generally not stain.  Sealed granite is virtually impossible to stain.

How do I know if my granite needs to be resealed?

One method to check if your granite needs to be sealed is to sprinkle some water on the countertop.  If the water does not bead up and soaks into the stone, you know it is time to reseal.

Will my granite chip or scratch?

Granite is very durable and dense.  Under normal conditions, your countertop will not chip or scratch.  Should damage occur, Affordable Surface Products will repair or diminish the look of the damaged areas.

What is the best way to care for granite?

You can usually clean your granite with warm, soapy water.  If you need something stronger, make sure you use cleaners specifically formulated to be safe for granite.

How long will my granite countertop last?

With very little maintenance and care, your granite countertops should last a lifetime.

Where does granite come from?

Granite is a natural stone that makes up 70-80% of the Earth’s crust.  It is quarried all over the world.  We get the majority of our granite from Italy, Brazil, India, Spain, France, China, and the USA.

Can I use granite outdoors?

Yes—Granite will look great no matter where it is used.  It can withstand extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather situations.

Should I be worried about radon?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that granite countertops pose no significant health risk.   Find out more at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/sources/index.html#construction.

Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC offers large array granite countertops, vanities, and tiles to match any décor.  Visit our showroom, conveniently located to serve Winston-Salem, High Point, and Kernersville.

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Selecting a Stone Color for Your Home

Natural stone is available in many shades and colors.  Selecting the perfect color for your home can be a daunting task. Keep in mind that stone countertops and tiles are long lasting and will not need to be replaced often.  Therefore, it is important that homeowners choose stone colors that they will love for many years to come.

Colors play a dramatic role in the overall look of the room.  In rooms that receive a lot of light, you might decide to use a dark stone.  A dark countertop surrounded by slightly lighter cabinets is a popular and traditional look.  Cool colors, like blue and green, tend to make a room feel more spacious.  Warm colors, like brown, yellow, and red, give a cozy feel to your room.

Often, homeowners will choose stone colors that match their existing color scheme and paint colors.  While this approach may work, keep in mind that paint colors can be easily changed should you find a stone that appeals to you but does not match your current room.

The best plan is to select the stone color that you love.  Try not to focus on how it will match your existing room, just choose the color that you think is most beautiful.  You will be more satisfied and excited about your new stone if you choose a color that you absolutely adore rather than one that you think will match.

Once you choose a stone, you can then paint your walls a complimentary shade.  Keep in mind that even the smallest sample of natural stone contains a wide range of colors.  It is a good idea to paint a spot on your wall to decide if the color you choose blends well with your stone surface.

Let the design experts at Affordable Surface Products In Greensboro, NC help you choose the stone slab or tile in a color that will compliment the style of your home.  Fill out our online contact form for a free quote or visit our showroom.  We are conveniently located to serve homeowners in Kernersville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Burlington, and all areas in the Piedmont Triad.

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Remodeling your kitchen counters? Go Granite!

If you are thinking about remodeling your old kitchen counters, you should consider installing beautiful granite stone instead of the more common laminates or wood. Granite is one of the hardest and densest natural stones. In terms of durability, few surface material choices last longer than granite. It resists staining and scratching better than any other natural stone because of its density. The durability of granite makes it the most recommended choice for countertops bearing high weight.

Granite countertops are a wise aesthetic choice as well. The look of a professionally installed granite countertops is timeless and unique. Granite makes up a large portion of earth’s crust and is formed of interlocking crystals of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. The beauty of natural stones like granite is that no two pieces are ever alike. Each piece of it has its own natural personality, varied in color, markings and density.

Granite is quarried from all over the world, from Italy to India to China. The history from which each stone derives tells a different story in each home. With granite countertops, your kitchen will be sure to stand out and garner many compliments from your family and guests.

Granite is one of the best investments you can make on your home. Granite is almost a dollar-for-dollar investment, meaning that you will upgrade the value of your house by approximately the same amount that you paid for the stone. Affordable Surface Products provides high quality and affordable granite for countertops in your home. Conveniently located in Greensboro, NC, we provide homeowners in High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, and surrounding areas with natural stone products for their home.  Please contact us at (336) 375-5672 or visit our showroom today.

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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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Why Choose Natural Stone Countertops?

When purchasing new countertops for your kitchen, there are a variety of options available.  One decision consumers must make is whether they should choose a natural product, like stone, or a synthetic material for their countertops.  While there are advantages to each material, stone is a preferred choice for homeowners who want an upscale, durable material for their kitchen and countertops.

One reason that stone is so popular is the availability of rich colors and beautiful swirling patterns that can only be found in nature.  Synthetic, or man-made, materials are unable to successfully mimic this quality.  The shading and unique specks of color found in granite and marble simply can simply not be recreated.

Another reason that stone countertops are so popular is that stone, like granite, is exceptionally durable.  Stainless steel countertops can dent and laminates can scratch or chip over time.  Your stone countertops, on the other hand, will most likely last a lifetime.  With very little maintenance, these surfaces can withstand heat and resist stains much better than most synthetic products.

Natural stone has innate characteristics that make it a green, or environmentally-friendly, building material.  As man-made materials wear and begin to breakdown over time, they end up in already crowded landfills.  Because of stone’s durability and ability to be re-used, it is considered a much more eco-friendly choice than synthetic materials.

Finally, many consumers have the misconception that stone countertops are outrageously expensive when compared to their synthetic counterparts.  This is simply not true.  When you stop to consider the beauty and durability that you will receive from granite or marble countertops, the value definitely outweighs the cost.  Investing money in an inferior product that just has to be replaced in a few years may end up costing you more in the long run.

When you are ready to replace your countertops with granite, marble, or any other natural stone, contact Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC.  They offer superb customer service and competitive prices to the entire Piedmont Triad area.  Visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive in Greensboro today!

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Marble Flooring Adds Style and Sophistication to Your Home

If you would like to give your home an upscale and sophisticated look, consider marble flooring. Whether it is used in a bathroom, kitchen, or hallway, marble offers a classic and timeless style that will last a lifetime.  The unique characteristics of this stone make it an ideal choice for flooring in any home.

Marble is available in a large variety of colors and designs, guaranteed to match the style of your residence.  This broad range allows consumers to choose a stone that will blend with the existing furniture and color palettes of their home.  Whether you desire a neutral or bold shade, you will have no trouble finding beautiful tiles that will complement your décor.

History has shown that marble is an extremely durable material that is ideal for flooring.  Proper maintenance ensures that it will last the lifetime of your home.  Even high traffic areas will remain in excellent condition for years to come.

Marble is moisture resistant when sealed.  This makes it a good choice for bathrooms where humidity tends to be high.  Naturally hypoallergenic, it resists mold and bacteria as well.

Cleaning your marble flooring is simple.  Mild soap and water will take care of most spills.  While it is stain-resistant, spills should be cleaned up quickly to prevent discoloration and damage.

Bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways are the most popular areas that we see this type of flooring, but it can be used in any room in the home.  It is especially popular in warmer climates because it stays cool in hot temperatures.

Because marble is heavy and needs to be installed professionally, the initial cost may be more than other materials.  This may be the reason that some homeowners choose to use these tiles in smaller areas like bathrooms and entryways.

If you are interested in learning more about marble flooring, contact Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC.  Our specialty is delivering high quality stone products to our customers in Winston-Salem, High Point, Kernersville, and beyond.

 

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