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Burn Marks on Your Countertops | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

Even with the best laid plans, sometimes burn marks happen when it comes to your countertops. These marks are unsightly blemishes that no one wants to experience. Whether it’s a burn from a hot curling iron on your bathroom countertop or one from a hot pan in your kitchen, there are a number of things you can do to prevent these burn marks from happening. And, if they do happen, don’t worry, because you can fix them!

Laminate countertops are the most affordable countertop materials out there, but they’re also the most susceptible to burn marks. If you get a burn mark on your laminate countertop, you can use a toothbrush and some white toothpaste to remove the stain; a bleach solution is helpful as well. If the burn mark is deep, sanding can help too. Unfortunately, if the burn mark is very deep, you may not be able to remove it from your laminate countertops. However, you can use a number of objects to create a clever cover-up so no one will even notice the burn mark!

Burn marks can also appear on wood, stone, and faux stone countertops. If this happens, use fine sandpaper to sand away the marks. If the mark has burned deep enough to leave an indentation, you can even out your countertop by using epoxy resin. 

To prevent these burn marks from happening, be sure to use trivets and hot pot covers in your kitchen. If you use a curling iron or hair straightener in your bathroom, be sure to turn them off when they’re not in use and place a heat-resistant mat under them when they are in use.

For all of your countertop needs, give us a call at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA, where we believe that countertops should be a work of art!

Comparing Countertop Materials | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

When it comes to your countertops, you have a number of options from color choices and patterns to different styles of countertop edges. One of the most important decisions that you will make about your countertop is the material you will use. Many people make this choice based on their budget, the durability of the material, and the styles available in that material. So, what’s the difference between the most common types of countertops?

Quartz, granite, and marble are three of the most common types of countertop materials, and each has its own advantages. So, here’s what you should know about each:

  • Of these 3 materials, quartz countertops are typically the most affordable. This type of countertop is an engineered product instead of solid stone, which accounts for its lower price range. With that said, because it is manmade, quartz countertops are available in a number of styles and colors, making the personalization options almost endless.
  • Granite countertops are the median price range of the three. Unlike quartz countertops, granite countertops are made of solid stone, which makes them more durable, but also more expensive. Because it is made from natural stone, each slab of granite countertops has its own unique colors and patterns, meaning that your home will have a one-of-a-kind countertop.
  • The most elegant, and the priciest, of the three are marble countertops. Marble countertops had an element of artistry and elegance to any home. They are also extremely durable and long-lasting. 

Overall, quartz countertops are the most affordable and customizable. However, granite and marble are made from solid stone, and are extremely durable; with that said, they do require more maintenance and upkeep than quartz countertops. In the end, you can’t go wrong with any of these materials. It’s all up to your budget and your personal tastes.

For quality countertops that will sparkle and shine, give us a call at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA.

Add Personality with a Backsplash | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

Backsplashes are a beautiful and practical way to spice up any space while also protecting your walls. Backsplashes are ideal in kitchens, because they can protect your walls from grease, steam, soap, water, or anything else that might splash up while you’re working in your kitchen. Not only do they protect your walls, they also come in a number of fun and unique patterns, colors, and styles, which means that you can customize your kitchen to match your personal style.

Whether you want a backsplash that is neutral or one that pops with bright colors, one that creates a rustic feel or a modern look, one made of tile or one made of stone, the options are seemingly endless.

When selecting your backsplash, it’s important to keep your countertops in mind. If you have bold, bright countertops, you’ll probably want a more neutral and muted backsplash so that your kitchen isn’t overwhelmed with clashing patterns and designs. However, if your countertop is more subtle, your backsplash could be the perfect place to create a focal point with an intricate pattern or a rich pop of color.

If you’re looking to create your dream kitchen, come to see us today for quality countertops that will complete any look.

Disinfecting Your Countertops | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

Your countertops and kitchen in general are a breeding ground for germs. We’re not just talking about seasonal germs, like those that cause the flu and colds, but also germs from the raw food that your countertops regularly come into contact with. Because you prepare your meals in the kitchen, it’s especially important to keep this area of your home as germ-free as possible.

Here are some countertop cleaning tips from howstuffworks.com:

  • You should wipe down your countertops both before AND after you prepare a meal. If not your entire countertop, you can concentrate particularly on the area where you will be preparing food. 
  • If you use sponges or dish clothes to clean your countertop, be sure to clean them after each use. You can put sponges in the microwave for 2 ½ minutes to disinfect them. Or you can soak your sponges and dish clothes in a cleaning solution.
  • Soap and warm water is great for general cleaning. However, if you want to disinfect your countertops, you will need something stronger. You can make your own cleaning solution using ¼ cup of bleach and 2 ¼ cups of water. When you bleach or any disinfectants containing chemicals in your kitchen, be sure to keep these products away from any food while you’re cleaning.
  • If you want to avoid using bleach, you can create a cleaning solution with hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar.

Overall, it’s important to routinely clean your countertops to remove any bacteria, dirt, etc. that has come into contact with these surfaces. 

For beautiful countertops that will stand the test of time, come to see us at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA.

Coordinating Your Countertops and Cabinets | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

Whether you’re getting new countertops for your kitchen or your bathrooms, there are a number of things you’ll want to take into consideration. From the material of the countertop, to the style of the edges, the stylistic options are numerous. One of the most important choices you will make about your countertops is the color. This will be the most noticeable aspect of your countertops. So, what is the right color for your space?

When deciding on the color of your countertops, it’s important to know what your cabinets will look like. With that information in mind, you can decide whether you want countertops that blend with and complement your cabinets, or countertops that provide a contrast to your countertops. For example, if you choose black cabinets, you might want white countertops for a bright contrast, or grey and black countertops that coordinate with your black cabinets. Ultimately, it’s really up to your personal preference.

If you’re having trouble deciding which countertops will work best for your home, the professionals at Artisans of Stone are happy to help you find the perfect countertops for your tastes and budget. So, come to see us at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA today.

 

Sealing Your Granite Countertop | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

If you have a granite countertop, you know how beautiful it is. What you may not know is that you need to seal it periodically to keep it looking as great as it did when you first got it. Don’t worry though, because sealing your countertop is a simple and affordable step that will ensure your granite countertops last you for years to come.

If you want to test to see if your countertop needs to be sealed, apply water to the countertop and wait 15 minutes. If the water has seeped into the countertop, it needs to be sealed.

According to Bobvila.com, finding the right sealant is the first, and possibly the most important, step. Look for a sealant that contains the active ingredient fluorocarbon aliphatic resin. This ingredient is key to providing your granite countertops with years of protection.

Once you’ve found the right sealant, the next step is to thoroughly clean your countertops. Do this 24 hours before you actually seal them. Using a microfiber towel and a cleaning mixture of dishwashing detergent and isopropyl alcohol, clean and polish your countertops in a circular motion.

When it’s time to seal your countertops, open doors and windows for ventilation and wear a pair of gloves. First, test a small area to make sure that the sealant doesn’t stain your countertops. Next, apply the sealant in a circular motion. Wait the appropriate amount of time (as specified on the bottle’s label) before wiping up any excess sealant. Avoid getting your countertop wet for 48 hours after it is sealed.

For all of your countertop needs, give us a call at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA.

Making the Most of Your Counter Space | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

In an ideal world, we would have all of the counter space we could ever need or ever dream of. But, let’s face it: we often find ourselves limited by the amount of space we have on our counters. From storing cooking utensils, to spreading out and making dozens of cookies for that bake sale, sometimes we just don’t have enough countertop space. Aside from that our countertop space is also limited by the size of our kitchen itself as well as the size of our appliances. 

So, how can you make the most of what you have when it comes to your countertop space? Here are a few tips from Taste of Home to help you out:

  • Use your wall space to store some of your kitchen essentials. For example, you can install a magnetic strip on your kitchen wall to store knives instead of keeping them in a bulky knife block. You can also use a pot rack to hang your pots and pans above your stove.
  • Be selective about which appliances you keep out on your countertops. If it’s an appliance that you’re using daily, such as your coffee maker, it’s probably worth the counter space it’s taking. However, if you only make coffee on occasion, you can store it in a cabinet to free up space on your countertop. 
  • Speaking of appliances, mounting your microwave is a great way to free up space on your countertops.
  • If you find yourself cooking a big meal that requires a number of dishes, stop to clean dishes as you go so that you can free up counter space for the next dish that you prepare. 

For beautiful and functional countertops, give us a call at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA. 

Our Commercial Services | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

At Artisans of Stone, not only do we create beautiful countertops for homes, we also provide our fine craftsmanship and attention to detail to our commercial clients as well. Whether you need our services for your lobby, bathrooms, or office, we are here to help.

We are happy to sit down with you and discuss your visions for a beautiful workspace for your employees or a warm lobby to welcome your guests. We can help you bring these visions to life, down to the tiniest detail. We can walk you through your options for types of stone, colors, and countertop edges to make sure that your company’s space looks just the way you imagined it would.

You can rest assured that your company’s money is well spent when you come to us for your commercial countertops. We provide quality, handcrafted countertops at a price you can afford, making it an easy investment for any business owner to make.

For a countertop company that’s here to help you make your company’s space look great, come to see us at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA.

Countertop Edges | Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

 

After you choose what type of countertop you’d like, it’s time to select the edge profiles. Your countertop edges are just another way to add style and your personal touch to your home. With our online edge visualizer, you can choose both your stone selection and an edge to see what combination works best for you. You can also zoom in and out to view the edges from different angles so you get the full picture.

 

Our online edge visualizer includes 13 of the most popular edge options for your countertops. From the classic, simple lines of the eased edge, to the sophisticated intricacy of the dupont bullnose, you are sure to find a countertop edge that fits your home’s style as well as your personal taste.

 

Once you select your favorite edge option, double check with our countertop experts to make sure that your edge and stone selections are compatible. 

 

We also have a number of other visualizers available on our website so that you can make an informed decision about your countertops.

 

For countertops that are a work of art, come to see us at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA.

Repairing Damaged Countertops ǀ Countertops Roanoke, VA

Artisans of Stone creates beautiful and quality countertops in Roanoke, VA. We’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality natural stone and quartz countertops at a low price. Our highly skilled artisans can create beautiful surfaces for your kitchen and bath.

With regular cleaning and care, your countertops will last you for years to come. However, like anything else, countertops do age and become more vulnerable to wear and tear. Furthermore, accidents happen sometimes, leaving your countertops damaged and in need of repair.

Whether it’s heat damage, chips, or scratches, damage to your countertop doesn’t mean that the countertop has to be replaced. There are various ways, depending on the damage and the type of countertop you have, to repair your countertops and have them look as good as new.

Laminate countertops are usually the most affordable countertop options. However, they are also the most vulnerable to damage. If your laminate countertops get burn marks, the best way to clean them is to make a paste out of baking soda and water and let it sit on the mark for 30 minutes before removing. For scratches in the surface of your laminate countertop, clean any stains set in the countertop with bleach and then polish the scratches with car wax.

Stone countertops are sturdier than laminate and much less likely to get burn marks or scratches. However, if a heavy item, like a cast iron pan, for instance, falls on your countertop, the countertop could possibly chip or crack. If this happens, you can use clear resin or acrylic adhesive to fill in the damaged area. If the damage seems to be severe, it’s best to call the countertop professionals at Artisans of Stone to come out and look at your countertops.

For beautiful, timeless countertops, give us a call at Artisans of Stone in Roanoke, VA.