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Everything You Need to Know About Dolomite

As gray and white countertops continue to be popular, we think this is a great time to talk about dolomite countertops. This lesser-known stone is a good option for customers who want the look of marble but need something less expensive and more durable.

Here we will tell you everything you need to know, the characteristics, pros and cons, so you can decide if dolomite is a good choice for your kitchen countertops.

What Is Dolomite?

Dolomite is a sedimentary rock resulting from limestone and lime mud coming into contact with groundwater that is rich in magnesium. Because of that, the rock is quite similar to limestone in its coloring and composition. Dolomite is also called Dolostone to prevent confusion with the mineral dolomite which is a significant part of the stone’s composition.

High polished slabs cut from dolomite rock, dolomite countertops look great and are commonly confused as marble or quartzite to the untrained eye. However, that is where the confusion ends, because dolomite is not as fragile and soft as marble but is not as hard and resistant as quartzite.

Here are some specifics characteristics of dolomite so you will know all the pros and cons of choosing dolomite stone as your countertop material.

Appearance

Often found with gray and white coloring containing streaks allowing it to resemble marble is the main reason dolomite countertops are popular.

The stone’s appearance and traits lend itself to sophisticated styles which makes it perfect for countertops and backsplash designs.

Hardness (Scratch Resistant)

Dolomite is harder than average, and not as fragile as marble. On the hardness scale, dolomite is superior to marble’s ratings, however it is not as scratch proof as granite and quartzite. Customers will need to be careful with the dolomite countertops, they can be scratched by glass and metal, so cutting boards are a must!

Durability

Dolomite countertops will outperform marble and last longer. These stones can last decades if they are taken care of properly.

Although dolomite stone is more prone to chipping and cracking than granite, it is likely not to happen and is very resistant to wear and tear.

Resistance To Stains

Dolomite is less liquid absorbent and sensitive to acids than marble, however it still requires annual sealing and acids are definitely a no-no as dolomite will etch if exposed to them.

When you choose dolomite, you can feel safer than you would with marble, but maintenance is still needed and should be taken.

Heat Resistance

This is where dolomite countertops shine over quartz – heat resistance is their greatest strength. Quartz countertops are more resistant to scratches and stains than dolomite, but quartz cannot take heat or sunlight. A hot pan on quartz marks it for life, but dolomite can, and will, hold heat well making it one less thing to worry about.

Price

This is another area where dolomite is a great option. In most cases, dolomite is more affordable than marble, quartz and in some cases granite. Dolomite costs will vary depending on a supplier, but you can expect them to generally range between the costs of quartzite and marble.

Are Dolomite Countertops Right for You?

Now that we’ve given you the characteristics, pros and cons of dolomite countertops, if you have any other questions, give the experts at C&C Stoneworks a call.

If you are in the market for a white or gray countertop, we can help you narrow down your choices. Marble offers an amazing look but is the more fragile choice. Quartz offers great options of durability and less maintenance, but it cannot take the heat. Dolomite offers great looks at a more affordable price, but still requires plenty of attention.

 

With that in mind, give us a call and let us help you pick the right stone countertop for your home and lifestyle. We would love to schedule a consultation and have you visit our showroom located in Greenville, North Carolina. Give us a call at 252-902-5535 today.

Natural Stone Countertops

​Most people think of marble, granite and quartzite when they think of natural stone countertops. Natural stone is a classic choice for countertops because of their one-of-a-kind beauty. Below is an overview of natural stone choices along with information on their benefits, finishes, applications and more.

Benefits:
Since mother nature is responsible for natural stone, each slab is unique in their shade variations, cracks, chips, fissures, pits and pores. Whatever you do, do not let this scare you away? These variations are what make natural stone so beautiful! Natural stone is also very durable, and some natural stone is resistant to bacteria, heat, scratches, and stains, and can even be used in outdoor spaces. Depending on what finish you choose, it can change the overall look and resistance of your countertops.​

Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Countertops:
No matter what countertop surface you choose there will always be pros and cons. You should take these into consideration when choosing a material so you can make the best decision for your project based on your design preference and lifestyle.

Granite

  • Pro: Durability. With regular sealing, granite countertops are heat, chemical, scratch and stain resistant.
  • Con: Granite is a porous material, so it does need to be resealed. Resealing natural stone countertops (granite, marble and quartzite) is recommended every 1 to 2 years to protect against staining.

Marble

  • Pro: Marble countertops absolutely beautiful, and if they are well-maintained, they can increase your  property value.
  • Con: Easily Stain.

Quartzite

  • Pro: Quartzite looks like marble. With their unique and their swirling designs make countertops look more interesting helping to create an impressive bathroom or kitchen.
  • Con: Although it is durable and strong, quartzite can be damaged by sharp objects, such as a knife. You must also seal quartzite countertops annually to keep them shiny and stain free.

Soapstone

  • Pro: Very sanitary countertop because it is non-porous. It can be cleaned with a mild soap and a sponge.
  • Con: Since the stone is fairly soft, avoid cutting on it. Be careful not to drop heavy objects on it. The soft nature of soapstone makes it nice to the touch, but it is also its one main weakness.

Finishes:
Before the slab gets delivered and installed into your home, the last step of the fabrication process is the finish. Depending on your style, you can choose smooth, textured, glossy countertops or even have little to no shine. This is all achieved by the finish.

  • Polished: To achieve semi-gloss to high gloss on your countertop, polished should be your choice. Stains are less likely on polished countertops, but one negative is that a high-gloss surface shows scratches easier.
  • Honed: Honed is a popular finish for marble – it creates a smooth, matte look. The benefit is that scratches are difficult to see, but this makes the surface more prone to stains.

Care:
Care for your natural stone countertops depends on whether it is granite, marble, quartzite or soapstone. You will want to be sure you are taking the proper precautions to prevent damage. We highly recommend cleaning up spills with a soft cloth using mild soap and warm water. If the stain is more stubborn, a nonabrasive bristled brush could be used. Always use hot pads, cutting boards, placemats, trivets and coasters to protect your surface from staining, scratches and discoloration.

Applications:
The most common places are for natural stone to be incorporated in your home are in kitchens and bathrooms as countertops, but natural stone can be used in so many other areas of your home. Consider an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace surround, flooring, or backsplash.

Our designer can help you incorporate natural stone into your home, call us to schedule a meeting today, 252-902-5535.

Why Warm Quartz Countertops Create A Welcoming Space

As the saying goes, “There’s no place like home.” So, when you close your eyes and imagine you are at home, what do you see? Do you see yourself with family and friends in a welcoming kitchen? Sitting around a table sharing a meal? Are you enveloped in warmth and surrounded by wonderful aromas?

​You can easily create a warm and inviting home by incorporating warm tones into your space, and one way to do bring warmth into your kitchen or bath is through a beautiful, warm quartz countertop color.​

Quartz Countertop

With so many colors to choose from, narrowing down which quartz countertop will bring your vision together can be difficult. If you find yourself torn between cool and warm tones, we are going to share some reasons why warm quartz countertops may be just what your home needs:

Makes larger spaces cozy – If you are renovating a large kitchen or bath, using cool tones will emphasize the large square footage, which could make it feel cold and isolating. If you want to create a warm, cozy feeling in a large room, using a warm palette can help you create the look you’d like.

Adds light to your room – Some rooms in your house may be located in an area of your home that receives minimal natural light. If your room faces the east or north or is dark, using a warm color scheme can help make the space appear brighter and more vibrant.

Resembles nature – Who doesn’t love the feeling of stepping outside and the sun touches your skin? There is something that happens when that immediate light and warmth touches you and takes your day from good to great. Using warm countertops is another way to create a sense of nature in your home. A room that reminds you of sand and sun – something that helps you create a really comfortable space.

Pairs with neutrals – Don’t think that just because you’ve chosen warm countertops that you can only use warm elements into your kitchen or bath. Warm color palettes pair wonderfully with whites, blacks, and grays – meaning you can add neutral cabinets and finishings without worry.

Keep Your Stone Countertops Looking New

If you’ve just completed a kitchen remodel or a new build, we know you want to keep your kitchen looking perfect for as long as possible! The good news? Stone countertops, like quartz and granite, are very durable! So, with little effort and upkeep it is possible for your countertops to stay looking wonderful for years and years.

To help you out, here are four easy tips to follow to keep your countertops looking new!

 

1. Watch Out for Heat

Quartz and granite are among the most durable countertop options on the market today, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. While both are heat resistant, unfortunately they are not heatproof. This means that they can be damaged when exposed to high temperatures. At C and C Stoneworks, we recommend never placing hot pans directly on your countertop. To keep your countertops looking new, always use hot pads or trivets, instead of placing hot items directly on your countertop surface.

 

2. Don’t Sit on Your Countertops

As we mentioned before, quartz and granite are very durable! But they can be prone to damage when you place a lot of weight and pressure on them. Sitting on your countertop edges can cause cracking and leave you with a piece that you have to replace to restore the look of your countertops. To ensure this doesn’t happen, don’t sit or stand on your countertops, and remind you children of the same!

 

3. Use a Cutting Board

Some people make the mistake of treating their stone countertops like a cutting board. While chopping an onion for a quick party dip on your countertop once in a while is fine, you shouldn’t make a habit out of this. Certain foods contain acids that can damage or even stain your countertops, especially grapefruits, lemons or limes. Additionally, due to the tough nature of your countertops, they can even dull your knives. To protect both your knives and your countertops, we recommend always using a cutting board.

 

4. Quick Clean Ups Go A Long Way

As you may know, stone countertops are pretty low maintenance. A simple wipe down of your countertops each day can keep stains, bacteria and spills from penetrating the countertop seal and seeping into the natural pores of your stone. Regular cleaning also prevents your countertops from getting foggy! Remember, you don’t need fancy cleaning products. Just warm water and a mild detergent is enough to do the job.

Following these few easy tips can help you love your countertops for many years to come! If you have any questions about stone countertop maintenance, give C and C Stoneworks a call today!

How to Properly Sanitize Your Granite Countertops

Now, more than ever, folks are concerned with sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces within their homes! It is imperative to many to keep every space in their home clean and disinfected. It is no surprise that studies have shown that the kitchen may be the dirtiest room in the home. This is due to the fact that it can harbor bacteria from food preparation, food waste and more.

You use your kitchen countertops every day, so it’s important to clean them properly and regularly. Here are a few tips on how to keep your countertops sparkling clean – and free of harmful bacteria.

1. Keep Granite Countertops Properly Sealed
Although granite is a durable surface, it is a porous natural stone that needs to be sealed. If unsealed or weakly sealed, your granite countertops can absorb oils and other liquids that could cause stains and lead to countertops that are prone to harboring bacteria, mold and mildew. If you are unsure about the status of your granites seal, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, rest assured that your granite countertops are securely sealed. If the water is soaked into the stone, it’s time to contact C and C Stoneworks to have your countertops resealed.

2. Immediately Clean Up Spills
One way to prevent bacteria on your countertop surface, is to clean up spills as soon as they occur. If you let spills and food residue linger on your countertop, you’ll end up having more bacteria hang around than a simple cleaning can tackle. Clean spills immediately and you will have less countertop disinfecting to do on a regular basis.

3. Keep Countertops Dry
Mold, bacteria and fungus thrive in moist environments. Take extra precaution when cleaning your countertops and be sure to dry them with a clean cloth after washes.

How to Sanitize Granite Countertops
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using warm, soapy water to clean your countertops before and after food preparation. Mild dishwashing soap has antibacterial properties, which makes it ideal to use for disinfecting granite countertops. Do not use bleach, Clorox, or ammonia because these harsh cleaners will dull the surface of the countertop over time.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, contact C and C Stoneworks today!

Reasons Quartz is So Popular

Recently, the natural stone business is noticing a growing trend among customers. Just as granite swept home remodels and renovations in the early 2000s, quartz products are taking the spotlight in the newest homes. Thanks to HGTV and many home design experts, quartz is the newest trend, and for good reason! So, why is this trend becoming more widespread among homeowners? Here are 5 main reasons for the increase in the demand for this beautiful manmade countertop option.

1.   Durability
Unlike natural stones such as granite, marble, travertine, limestone or soapstone, which are mined from quarries around the world, quartz is engineered and created in factories, using some of the hardest minerals on earth. This process, along with its other additives, such as polyester resins, gives quartz extreme durability. Quartz is scratch resistant and will not stain – attractive qualities for homeowners with children, or for those who really use their kitchens for cooking, cutting, etc.

2.   Low Maintenance
Due to its stain-resistant, non-porous nature, quartz never has to be resealed like its sister stones granite and marble. Owners do not need to be too particular about cleaning the stone either. More delicate materials cannot be exposed to cleaning products or harsh chemicals, while quartz can take a wipe down from bleach products to ammonia cleaners and remain unharmed. Although, we don’t recommend it! Quartz is antibacterial because it is non-porous, so a damp cloth will do the trick!

3.   Uniformity
Natural stone, like granite, is known for its “movement” and non-uniform appearance, whereas quartz is engineered and therefore consistent in its design. This not only saves time in the design process by allowing fabricators to cut the stone without a predetermined layout (as they do with granite or marble, to make sure the customer likes where the variations in the stone are placed within the space), but it also makes matching paint, tile, and cabinet colors and styles easier for the homeowner.

4.   Options
In previous years, quartz was criticized for its lackluster patterns and designs, which paled in comparison to granite and marble. However, today there are quality brands of quartz that resemble granite and marble so accurately that most customers can’t tell the difference. Manufactures are able to not only polish, but they can now produce a honed, embossed, or sand blasted finish. The latest strides made in the quartz industry make it a top contender for the newest kitchen and bathroom projects.

5.   Cost
Despite the fact that it’s manufactured, the price tag per square foot on this increasingly popular material mirrors that of mid-level granite. Most people looking to renovate or start a new project with natural stone already have an idea of the cost, so they’re prepared to spend the kind of money that will buy a custom stone kitchen or bathroom!

Are you ready to give your kitchen a facelift? Contact C and C Stoneworks for a free consultation on your upcoming kitchen or bathroom renovations!

Honed vs. Polished Granite – What You Should Know

When deciding on granite countertops for your home, there are a lot of decisions to make. Of course, there is the color, but there’s also the edges and finishes. Even the smallest of details can make a big difference in the overall look of your completed countertop. As we mentioned, you will need to decide on the finish of your countertop – honed or polished. Many people don’t really know the difference, or quite possibly have never really looked into it. So, here is some information you need to know when deciding on the granite countertop finish for your home.

What is honed granite?
A honed finish on your granite will create a matte, low-gloss sheen. To create this finish, the polishing process is halted before buffing, leaving a surface that is not as reflective as typical granite. Honed finishes are perfect for homeowners looking for a casual, trendy or even aged look.

What are the characteristics of honed granite?
Due to its matte finish, honed granite is more resistant to scratches. When compared to polished granite, a scratch on this finish will be less noticeable because light will not reflect off of it as much. While honed granite is more resistant to scratches, it is however more susceptible to staining. If you choose this finish, just make sure to clean up spills in a timely manner.

Honed Granite at a Glance
Feel: Velvety
Look: Matte/Low Gloss
Durability: Resistant to scratches/more susceptible to staining
Where to Use It: Kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops, foyer, living room
Maintenance: Wipe with water and mild detergent, clean up spills quickly, re-sealing is suggested over time.

What is polished granite?
A polished granite finish is the most common choice. It is highly reflective and puts on full display the vibrate color and character of your granite stone. It is smooth in texture and glossy. Some may even say it is shiny as it reflects the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals.

What are the characteristics of polished granite?
Granite with a polished finish is coated, making it less susceptible to stains. This finish makes for a more classic look in a kitchen or bathroom. Although it is more resistant to stains, the highly reflective surface makes scratches more visible.

Polished Granite at a Glance
Feel: Smooth
Look: Shiny/Glossy
Durability: More resistant to stains/susceptible to scratches and etches
Where to Use It: Kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds and walls.
Maintenance: Wipe with water and mild detergent, clean up spills quickly.

No matter the granite countertop finish you choose, new countertops will make a great addition to your home. Be sure to contact C & C Stoneworks if you have any additional questions or are planning a remodel of your own.

Can I Use Quartz for Bathroom Countertops?

Quartz countertops are durable and beautiful. We get asked a lot, “Can I use quartz in my bathroom?”. The answer is – YES! Quartz is highly recommended for both kitchen and bathroom countertops. Being an engineered stone, quartz combines both the uniqueness of natural stone countertops with a lot of added benefits of modern technology!

The technology we are talking about here includes, resin binders and additional colors not seen in natural stone that give quartz an upper hand. In a way, quartz gives us the best of both worlds, natural and engineered stone countertops.

If you choose to use quartz in your bathroom, you need to think about your style preferences, budget and the quantity of material you will need for your bathroom remodel. Depending on the bathroom countertop results you are looking for, our fabricators will take you through various levels and brands of quartz to choose from. As expected, high quality quartz will be different from results delivered by standard quality quartz. We will work with you to choose the best your budget can buy!

Here are a few reason quartz is a great option for you bathroom countertops.

Durability
Since they are man-made, quartz countertops are engineered to be durable – even more durable than natural stone and other surfacing options. They are also heat-resistant, making them great for people who like to sit styling tools on their bathroom countertops. We still recommend a silicon mat under curling irons and straighteners though!

Stain Resistance
Quartz countertops are stain resistant. They are a nonporous material, meaning that they are solid all the way though.

If you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom with beautiful quartz countertops, give C and C Stoneworks a call today!

Trending Granite Countertop Colors in 2020

We’re always keeping up with the latest design trends here at C and C Stoneworks. If you’re ready to update your home’s countertops with a stylish and durable surface, look no further. Our countertop experts can point you in the right direction to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and taste. Granite has been a favorite since the beginning, and in 2020 that is still the case. Not only is it beautiful, it’s durable and increases the value of your home! Here are 2020 granite countertop colors that are trending this year.

 

Alaska White Granite
The perfect balance of light and dark, Alaska White Granite is great for all indoor projects, in any room. Create a stunning look when paired with dark wood cabinets and lighter décor. Kitchens featuring this stone accomplish a classic look that is sure to always be trending!

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Absolute Black Premium Granite
This slab is a beauty! Predominantly black with speckles of golds, silvers, greens and grays, this stone makes a statement in any room. If your style is a little more modern, this may be the perfect option for you. White walls and cabinets will provide a perfect contrast to create a sleek, clean look.

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Himalaya White Granite
Whites are definitely trending this year. If you’re looking to pull off the all-white look, this granite option is calling your name. Himalaya White Granite features a beautiful marbling effect that will give you the elegant look you are going for. If an all-white kitchen isn’t quite your style, this countertop will look amazing with blue accent cabinets in your island. This will bring out the beautiful blue undertones and add a pop of color!

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Azul Bahia Granite
If you want something completely unique, you’re in luck! Bold colors and patterns are also trending in 2020. If you’re a fan of blues and unique granite characteristics, take a look at the Azul Bahia Granite. This stone will be the focal point in any room you use it in and definitely make your home unique – in the best way possible.

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Tips to Help Keep Your Kitchen Renovation on Track

Kitchen remodels can seem overwhelming, and keeping your project on track is no simple task. Of course, you’ll want to stick to your timeline and know when you’ll be able to cook and entertain in your kitchen again. At C and C Stoneworks, we understand your concern when it comes to the timeline for your renovation. That is why it is our goal to educate our customers on what can be expected. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while planning your kitchen remodel, that can help keep you on track.

  1. Set Your Budget
    Whether you’re renovating your home for resale value or just simply for a beautiful upgrade to enjoy with your family, before you begin you will need to educate yourself on the costs. One thing that can hold up a renovation is not budgeting properly to get everything done in a timely manner. The team at C and C Stoneworks can make you aware of all the costs that are associated with your remodel. Trust us, we know all there is to know about countertops and have seen many kitchen remodels. We can help you account for any unexpected costs that can arise.During this planning phase, we suggest breaking down your budget in detail, that way you’ll be less likely to exceed it during construction.

  2. Choose the Right Professionals for the Job
    One of the best things you can do to stick to your renovation timeline is choosing the right, experienced professionals for the job. C and C Stoneworks is committed to making your kitchen dreams come true. We will walk you through the entire process and keep you updated every step of the way.

  3. Consider the Other Things You Want
    Once you have your plan in place and selected all of your materials, our team will give you a timeline of when your new kitchen countertops will be fabricated and installed. During this time you can work on selecting the other items you want to include in your new kitchen, like decor and new furniture. Once you know when your countertops will be installed, you can make sure that your new items are in by that time. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your completed kitchen as soon as possible.

  4. Stick to the Plan
    Once you’ve made your design, budget, and construction plans, stick to them. It can be easy to be swept up in the frenzy of all the options, but this can lead to wasteful spending and a delayed finish date.

While a kitchen remodel can be overwhelming, it is much less stressful with a team of professionals to guide you. Contact C and C Stoneworks today to get started on the kitchen of your dreams.