• Cultured Marble vs. Granite

    Cultured Marble vs. Granite: How to Choose for Your Home

    Durable Marble and Granite Countertops in San Diego

    The process of getting new countertops can be exciting—but with so many options to choose from, you may find yourself with analysis paralysis. Many of our customers are stuck between cultured marble and granite countertops. If you are trying to decide which is best for your home, look no further. With more than 20 years in the industry, The Countertop Company knows the ins and outs of all types of countertops.

    Overview of Cultured Marble Countertops

    Made from approximately 75% natural marble dust, cultured marble combines liquid polyester resin and dust to create a smooth surface. Cultured marble has grown in popularity in recent years, likely because of its translucent appearance and versatility in different areas of your home. Cultured marble can be combined with different pigments to achieve the color you desire, while still looking natural.

    Overview of Granite Countertops

    Granite is a beautiful option for many homes. It is a natural stone that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, or even as a backsplash. Our customers love granite for its versatility throughout the home, as well as its appearance of natural stone. As one of the most durable building materials, customers who choose granite can take advantage of its resistance to scratches and chips.

    Cultured Marble vs. Granite. What’s the Difference?

    You are likely curious about the price, quality, and aesthetic differences between cultured marble and granite. We have put together a full list of differences so you can find the optimal countertop for your home.

    Characteristics

    In general, granite countertops have a coarse and speckled appearance that may look more earthy or patterned than that of cultured marble. This characteristic is a double-edged sword, as granite features tiny pores that can absorb liquids. This makes granite much easier to stain than cultured marble. Countertop installation companies seal granite to avoid staining and damage.

    Since cultured marble is manufactured, there are more customization options regarding color pigments and style. Many customers see it as the most cost-effective option because it does not require a seal, as it is a completely solid material. However, some customers prefer granite over cultured marble because it looks more like natural stone.

    Durability

    Cultured marble and granite are both durable materials. The Countertop Company sources only the highest quality countertops for our customers, so we would never sell a less than satisfactory material.

    That said, when it comes to durability, granite is one of the most durable countertop materials on the market. Cultured marble is more prone to chips and scratches, whereas granite is not. Compared to granite, cultured marble is also more vulnerable to damage by excessive heat.

    Maintenance

    Both types of countertops require minimal maintenance and can be cleaned using soap and water. Many customers choose marble because it does not need to be sealed since it is non-porous. Granite does not require much maintenance besides sealing, which is considered by many to be an easy job.

    Pros and Cons of Cultured Marble

    ProsCons
    Highly customizable with colors and designsProne to chips and scratches
    More affordable than granite countertopsDoes not appear as natural as stone
    Versatility throughout the home 
    Durable and requires minimal maintenance 

    Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

    ProsCons
    Achieves a coarse or grainy appearanceMore expensive than cultured marble
    Little maintenanceRequires sealing
    Holds appearance over timeLess flexibility with colors and design
    Extremely durable 
    Naturally looks beautiful in the home 

     Which Works Best for Your Home?

    Cultured marble and granite are both great options that can transform your home. If you are more concerned about the durability and preservation of your countertop’s appearance, then granite may be the option for you. If you are looking for customization options that can fit any room in your home, cultured marble gives you that flexibility. If price is a significant selling point, marble is usually the more affordable solution.

    Professional Countertop Installation in San Diego

    The Countertop Company helps San Diego homeowners design and install the perfect countertop for their kitchen or bathroom. Whether you are looking for cultured marble or granite, we have the styles that can transform your living space. With more than 20 years of experience, we are ready to take your countertops to the next level.

    Feeling at home in your kitchen or bathroom could be as easy as scheduling a consultation. Contact The Countertop Company today at 7602334955 to see what we can do for you.

  • Remove Soap Film on Granite

    Removing Soap Film on Granite Countertops

    Protect Your Kitchen & Bathroom From Stains

    Granite is known for being tough. While it is both durable and beautiful in your kitchen or bathroom, it may surprise you to learn that it can stain. Materials in modern soaps such as oils, sodium hydroxide, and fats can leave visible stains on granite countertops. Over time, this can reduce the beautiful aesthetic your countertop once had. Thankfully, most stains are easily treated—read on to learn about soap stains and how The Countertop Company helps San Diego homeowners like you take care of your granite.

    What Is Soap Film and Why Does It Matter?

    Soap film is a thin layer of liquid surrounded by air, like the film you see before blowing a bubble. On countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, soap from dispensers or cleaning dishes can easily get on countertops. This can create a soap film on the surface of your countertop, which can slowly etch itself into the granite.

    You paid a pretty penny for those countertops—it’s important to ensure they are in the best shape possible. Staining can look unsightly, and severe staining has the potential to lower the value of a home, especially if new buyers feel they will have to replace the countertops.

    How to Remove Soap Film on Granite Countertops

    The good news is that most soap stains are nothing to worry about. Assuming they are not etched into the granite, which can take a considerable amount of time, the process is as simple as cleaning your countertop with soap and water.

    Making sure to wipe down soap rings as soon as you see them is another great way to preserve your countertop. For especially oily soap stains, you may try mixing baking soda and a few drops of acetone and leaving it on the spot for 24 hours. You can read our full guide on granite countertop maintenance here.

    Helping San Diego Homeowners Care for Their Granite

    For a heavily stained countertop, the solution could be as simple as scheduling a consultation. The Countertop Company provides professional cleaning and maintenance services for granite countertops, servicing the San Diego area. If a sealant was never applied to your countertop, it is recommended you contact a granite maintenance company like The Countertop Company.

    Our professionals scrub, remove residues, seal your countertop, and finish with a fresh polish. We are dedicated to keeping your granite countertops lasting for as long as you need them to. We design our countertops to be easy to maintain, as well as resistant to scratching and chipping.

    Choose The Countertop Company in San Diego

    From design to installation, The Countertop Company is passionate about one thing: getting you a kitchen or bathroom you love. For more than 20 years, we have helped San Diego homeowners transform their kitchens with beautiful granite countertops.

    We pride ourselves on offering customers complete customization of their countertops. With The Countertop Company, you can be sure you are receiving a countertop that is durable, beautiful, and sustainable. Schedule a consultation with us to get started. Contact our San Diego office directly at 7602334955.

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  • Use cabinets to build a functional feature wall in your new home office

    Working remotely now? Redesigning your space to accommodate your new work-at-home lifestyle? Think about building in cabinets that are both functional and direct the eye in appealing ways.

    If you have a room that doesn’t have a feature wall or focal point, you can add cabinets and shelves to create an eye-catching and attractive feature wall that will enhance your space. Now that millions of Americans are working from home, and redesigning their home office space, this is more of an option than ever.

    Sometimes, a fireplace or artwork will serve this function, but if you have neither of those things, don’t worry, a feature wall with well chosen cabinets and shelves can be a great alternative. Read the original article here: TCCKitchenCabinets.comShaker antique white office banner in San Diego, CA

  • New Shaker Dove kitchen cabinets installed – beautiful!

    Install new kitchen cabinets today!

    Having ready-to-assemble warehouses in 5 different states allows us to sell and ship to any of the contiguous United States. This means our customers, no matter where they live, can have their kitchen cabinets, bathroom, laundry, or home-office cabinets delivered to their door assembled or unassembled.

    Below are some pics of a customer in Georgia who picked up fully assembled cabinets in our Norcross, GA warehouse, and installed them. We have full assembly videos for our cabinets on TCCKitchenCabinets.com. Our cabinets are made with real furniture grade plywood, come with soft-close doors and drawers, and can handle any countertop material weight, whether Quartz, Granite, Corian, Butcher Block, Soapstone, or other material.

    Go online at TCCKitchenCabinets.com, or, if you live in Southern California, and are interested in seeing our cabinets installed in the showroom, feel free to make an appointment.TCC whole kitchen cabinets in San Diego, CA in

  • Top 10 creative considerations when buying cabinets!

    If you are remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, or home office, it is especially important to think about your habits and how you work in these areas. Sure, there are plenty of options in cabinet configurations, accessories, and finishes, but perhaps they are not all for you.

    If you are a foodie, then open designs or glass in doors may be key, so you can see and access spices and condiments; if you are concerned about organization, the amount of storage and layout might be important.

    At any rate, it is important to think about how best to solve your current problems. What do you like in your existing layout, and what don’t you like? If you had a choice, what are your wants, and how do they work with your needs.

    We have put together a list of the top 10 creative considerations when buying cabinets. Click here to see the full list.Torino grey wood kitchen in San Diego, CA

  • When should you update, restore, or replace your kitchen cabinets?

    For many people, refacing cabinets seems to be the best option for the budget. But, is it? The great majority get through a great percentage of the job, only to wish they had just replaced them. Why? Because, what seems to be a straight-forward job, turns out to be a huge time and energy effort, without the professional results one would think.

    Check out the blog post on our Cabinet website, TCCKitchenCabinets.com to see all the considerations for refinishing or replacing your cabinets – which is the best option. Of course, this applies to all cabinets, whether in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, or home office. If you do decide to replace your cabinets, you can order our ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets easily online and have them delivered right to your door, assembled or unassembled. Or, if you are in Southern California, you can pick them up in Escondido, CA, at our showroom.

    Either way, it is good to consider when it is appropriate to think about replacement, which is what our blog post covers.

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    Repair or replace your kitchen cabinet in San Diego

     

  • What does a cabinet from TCC look like installed?

    Many people wonder how, when they order online only seeing a diagram and color door, they would know what the cabinet looks like installed? Well, we have taken some of the mystery out of that by creating a page with both diagrams and installed pictures so you can see the consistency and quality of our ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets.

    Below is our Torino White Pine 4-drawer frameless cabinet installed. Want to see more? CLICK HEREFour drawer cabinet in San Diego, CA

  • How to create a budget for your cabinet job.

    Before ordering cabinets, it is a good idea to estimate how many, what size, and what type of cabinets you want. Whether for your kitchen, bathroom, home office, or laundry, there are many options for cabinets that you might like to choose, but need a budget for.

    In this blog post, on our cabinet website, we give some quick tips on how to estimate your cabinet budget so you are able to plan.

    Estimate measurement by The Countertop Company

    Quick tips to measure for cabinets, plus bonus!

  • Top 3 tips to buying kitchen cabinets online in San Diego, CA

    While it is true that people are getting more used to buying large items like furniture and cars online, it is still a serious consideration when buying multiple items like cabinets.

    Large purchases of cabinets for your kitchen or bath has to be done with confidence. You have to have confidence in the company you buy from, the security of the website, and that your information is going to be handled professionally and with care.

    You also want to make sure the cabinets will be delivered in good shape and as you expect, since return of such large items are a hassle and can cause frustration.

    So, we’ve put together the top 3 things you need to consider when making a large purchase of cabinets online. Want to know what they are? Read the whole article on our Kitchen Cabinet website blog here.

    3 tips to buy kitchen cabinets online by The Countertop Company