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5 Overlooked factors when buying countertops

When buying countertops, there are several things to consider beyond just the material and color. Here are some countertop buying tips that you may be overlooking.


Pure white granite countertops are a myth

However, if you're seeking a kitchen countertop with a bright, clean appearance, quartz may be a better choice. Quartz countertops are engineered to have a uniform and consistent color, making them an excellent option for a modern, minimalistic kitchen design.

Although some varieties of granite are often marketed as "white granite," it's important to understand that granite is an igneous rock composed of various minerals and doesn't occur in a pure white color. "White granite" typically features a light-colored or white base with flecks or veins of gray, black, or brown minerals. Popular "white granite" options include White Ice, Colonial White, and Alaska White.


Marble falls short for high-traffic kitchens

As an avid cook, selecting a countertop material that can withstand heat, spills, and regular wear and tear is essential. While marble is a stunning natural stone, it is porous and can easily stain if not adequately sealed, which makes it a suboptimal choice for a high-traffic kitchen with frequent spills.

Additionally, marble is relatively soft and can scratch easily, which is a problem when using sharp objects like knives in a heavily used kitchen. However, there are other excellent options available for those seeking a practical and durable countertop material. Granite is a natural stone that is highly resistant to heat, scratches, and stains, while quartz and solid surface materials offer a wide range of colors and patterns, easy maintenance, and exceptional durability.


Ensuring your cabinets can support new countertops

To ensure that your new countertops are properly supported and installed, it's essential to consider the weight, strength, and quality of your cabinets. Our team of professionals will conduct an in-home consultation to assess the condition of your cabinets and determine whether they can support the weight of the new countertops.

During the consultation, we will check the structural integrity of your cabinets and recommend reinforcement or replacement options if necessary. It's important to note that some clients may require a cabinet replacement, particularly for the cabinet holding the sink.

By working with our team of experts, you can rest assured that your new countertops will be installed safely and securely, providing you with a durable and long-lasting solution for your kitchen renovation.


The potential hurdles of upgrading your sink

Upgrading your sink to a modern one can be a great way to improve the look and functionality of your kitchen or bathroom. However, it's important to be aware of the potential problems that you may encounter during the upgrade process.

One common issue is that your new sink may require different plumbing connections than your old sink. This could involve adjusting the location of water supply and drain lines, or installing new shut-off valves and pipes.

You may also need to modify the countertop or cabinets to accommodate the new mounting system, as modern sinks often have different mounting methods than older sinks. Additionally, if your new sink has electrical components, such as a garbage disposal or touchless faucet, you may need to install new electrical wiring and outlets.

TCG is prepared to tackle these issues, we’ll help you ensure a successful upgrade that meets your needs and preferences.


Unexpected challenges of installing backsplashes

A kitchen backsplash is a protective layer installed on the wall behind the stove, sink, or countertops to prevent moisture, stains, and other substances from damaging the wall. While some homeowners may overlook the need for a backsplash, they can provide significant benefits to a kitchen. Not only do they protect walls from damage, but they are also easy to clean and can enhance the overall look of the space.

While backsplashes come in a wide variety of materials and designs, some homeowners may feel limited in their options based on their budget, space constraints, or personal style preferences.

Depending on your kitchen layout and existing features like outlets, windows, or cabinets, installing a backsplash can be challenging. This may require additional work to make the space ready for installation, such as relocating outlets or adjusting the height of cabinets.

TCG is prepared for every single one of the challenges listed above, are you ready to get your dream kitchen?

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