When it comes to counter tops, creativity is back in vogue. While just a few years back, the trend seemed to favor safe options chosen with resale in mind, today's hottest counter tops are showing more colors, textures and patterns, as well as some creative mixing and matching of materials to create more personalized designs. Eco-conscious materials remain hot, as do nature-inspired palettes, and value remains another key trend.
Granite countertops are a minimum expectation of today's homebuyers. It's no surprise, as natural stone offers unparalleled beauty, permanence, uniqueness, and adds true value to the home.
See what others in the industry are saying about natural stone:
"Natural stone is a key part of two of the top 10 elements of design in the home that are resonating with today's buyers: the desire for low-maintenance/no-maintenance materials and the use of natural materials inside and outside the home."
- Builder Magazine/National Association of Home Builders
Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner,stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergentand warm water. Use a clean soft cloth for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a filmand cause streaks. Do not use products that containlemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.