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A Guide to Countertop Shopping

We know shopping for a new countertop can seem overwhelming, but with the right team behind you it doesn’t have to be. By following these simple tips you’ll be browsing the market with ease and selecting the perfect countertops for your project in no time!

Project Details

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This first step is gathering your project details. If you are just browsing then you may be able to exclude this piece for now, but when it comes to pricing, it is good to know your project’s square footage and basic details. Having this information will also help the fabricator you choose to work with better assist you.

Selecting a Material

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1. Quartz

Quartz countertops offer the look of natural stone without the upkeep. Quartz countertops have become the leading choice for countertop surfaces due to its wide range of design options, durability and low maintenance. This surface is composed of a natural blend of quartz and polyester resin, it is a scratch, stain and impact resistant. So, if you are busy and on the go, this could be the perfect surface for you! We recommend browsing our variety of colors and patterns that mimic many of your favorite natural stones.

2. Granite

Granite is one of the most popular natural stone countertops due to its unique natural beauty and durability. With its heat-resistant qualities, granite is more durable than other surfaces like marble and laminate. Granite countertops come in a wide range of colors and patterns, you can start browsing your options by viewing our live inventory.

3. Compact Surface

A non-­porous material, compact surface is highly resistant to scratches, abrasions, and stains while providing incredible color stability, all in an extremely easy to maintain surface solution. It is made from a sophisticated mixture of raw materials used in glass, porcelain tiles, and quartz surfaces. If your lifestyle demands the most of your countertop, our compact surface countertops may be just the solution.

4. Recycled Surface

Looking for a sustainable but beautiful countertop surface? Are environmental issues and choosing green products on your priority list?  Well, shop no further! Our top-rated eco-friendly stone option is the one for you! Recycled surface countertops are customizable and eco-friendly, countertops from glass recycled surfaces are easy to maintain and will last for the life of your building.

Edge Options

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After deciding on your countertop surface, enhance your design by pairing it with the perfect edge profile. At Cutting Edge Countertops we carry a wide selection of seamless edge profiles that will add stunning detail to your countertops. Browse our options and create the custom countertops that suit your style!

Countertop Height

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Another important detail is selecting your countertop height. You should take into consideration you and your family’s needs when choosing the height. The standard height for a kitchen countertop is 36 inches. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, you can lower or raise the counter height anywhere from 1 to 3 inches.

Samples

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We understand this is a big decision and commitment, so don’t say yes to something you are unsure about. Try testing out options that you are interested in by taking home samples and placing them in your kitchen or bathroom to get an idea of how they will look against your space’s lighting, flooring, and cabinetry.

Now that you have these simple tips on how to shop countertops you are ready to start browsing! To get started on your project check out our wide selection of countertops, see what we have in stock in our live-inventory or contact us! For more design tips and tricks, visit our blog!

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How To Prepare For Stone Countertops

Upgrading your home with natural stone countertops is a thrilling home renovation project. The first step to bring your vision to life is choosing the right material for your lifestyle and decor. Next, you will get ready for the installation and if you have never installed countertops before you may not know how to prepare. Today we are breaking down how to prepare for the installation, what you can expect during and after the installation is complete.

Pre-Installation Prep

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The first step is having a measurer come to your home. They will take measurements of your entire room so the fabricator can fit the stone to your unique space. Prior to templating your fabricator will also need to know the exact make and model of any sinks, faucets and appliances that will come in contact with the countertop. Other design details such as edge details, backsplashes and rear wall treatments should also be discussed.

After the template is finished and approved, the stone will be cut and fabricated into the countertop at the workshop and the installation date will be set. If you have old countertops already in place they will need to be removed prior to the installation. This will ensure there is enough time to make repairs if anything becomes damaged in the process.

Installation

The big day is here! Expect at least two installers who will deliver the prepared countertop and put it in place. Depending on the job size, it may require more people. To help this day go as smoothly as possible, try to clear the pathway for the installation team so they may easily enter your home. It is also a good idea to remove any valuables or breakables from the area.

Installations can take anywhere from four to eight hours. Larger projects may take more than a day. A strong adhesive will be used to cement the pieces together if the countertop has seams.  Then the countertops are adhered to the cabinets.

Post-Installation

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Once the installation is complete, you will need to schedule a plumber to come and reconnect the water source, an electrician to reconnect drains, water, gas, and electrical hookups. This will generally happen the day after installation so that the countertops have time to set. If you will also be installing a backsplash that should be scheduled after the countertops have been installed.

After a good cleaning, your kitchen will be ready to go! While this process requires a certain amount of prep work and attention the finished product is well worth it! You are investing in a piece that will last for years to come with the proper care.

Have more questions about the installation process? Contact us or schedule a design session! Our team will be happy to assist you.

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Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you ready to upgrade your countertops to a unique yet durable surface, but not sure where to start? Our trending top 5 granite color roundup will help guide you to the perfect stone that meets your lifestyle and design preferences. The beauty of natural stone is truly unmatched, and granite has a one of a kind look that few other countertop materials can compare to. Granite countertops can take any kitchen to the next level visually and often become the talk of the room after a new install. Granite has been a top choice for countertops since the beginning, and till this day continues to be, due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide shade range of granite, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. However, these are the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest!

Alaska White Granite

With Alaska White granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors, and out! This stone has a lighter background with darker minerals running throughout creating a striking look that works well with many different designs. The white can pull in some lighter aesthetics if paired with dark wood cabinetry, or on the contrary, the darker elements can provide a great visual contrast to white or grey cabinetry. Alaska White granite can vary from slab to slab, so with this material, you are sure to get a unique look in your home.

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Ubatuba Granite

Ubatuba granite is a frequently used material for residential and commercial design due to its beauty and durability. This granite features black, gold, gray and green speckles. These glistening minerals that make up the Ubatuba design come together to create the perfect timeless piece for your space. This granite color has been a popular choice for decades now, making it a go-to option for kitchen remodels.

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Santa Cecilia Light Granite

Santa Cecilia Light cannot be described in one defining way. This stone has been around for many, many years, with its reliability and beauty, Santa Cecilia Light granite has created a name for itself in the stone industry. The beauty of Santa Cecilia Light granite can be found in its soft cream color and subtle speckles in shades of burgundy, gold, and deep grey. The mixture generated through the different layers of color is brought to life by the dark black or burgundy contrasts against the soothing cream base. Designing with this stone in your home will bring a beautiful elegance to any bathroom or kitchen. A very neutral option, it can be paired with a variety of styles and colors.

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White Ice Granite

One of the most popular white granites on the market, White Ice can be recognized by its pristine beauty. This granite has been admired for many years and its popularity only continues to increase. This predominately white stone features mixtures of blue and grey tones running throughout. If you are looking to make a statement, pair this stone with a darker cabinet, or achieve a trending yet timeless design by combing it with white cabinetry.

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Giallo Ornamental Granite

Known for its golden creamy tones, Giallo Ornamental granite is a gorgeous stone. What gives Giallo Ornamental its stunning color is the abundance of golden minerals that are present. Up close, you can see that dotted around the stone are a mix of brown minerals. These minerals can vary though and can range from a lovely light cream color or a dark to light honey color. Achieve a natural and flowing design when you combine Giallo Ornamental with finished wood cabinets that have a light or medium stain. The golden earthy tones of this stone become one with the cabinets!

Trends come and go, but the countertops you choose will remain in your home for years to come. With this being said, we always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. Shop these beautiful countertops along with many others on our website or visit a Cutting Edge Countertops showroom near! Our experienced team is here to help educate and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

Make sure you follow along on our Cutting Edge Countertops blog to stay updated on the latest news, kitchen and bath designs, and more!

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New Troy Showroom Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

Celebrate good times, come on! The Cutting Edge Countertops family was excited to be joined by the Troy Chamber of Commerce for the official ribbon cutting of our Troy, Michigan location. The ribbon cutting on the 12th kicked off our celebrations, followed by our Grand Opening event this past Saturday, June 15th. The Mean Weenie served up delicious hotdogs and we enjoyed music and giveaways from WNIC 100.3 as we assisted customers searching for new kitchen and bath countertops.

Our showroom is designed to make your shopping experience easy with a spacious, climate-controlled slab viewing gallery, an expansive sample selection, and several countertop vignettes. There are also plenty of beautiful stone countertops to browse, including quartz, granite, marble, and more! Our knowledgeable team is here to serve Troy and surrounding area homeowners for all your kitchen and bathroom countertop needs. Along with the grand opening, we kicked off the Cutting Edge Countertops Summer Sale! With this promotion, you can save up to $450 on your countertop project! So, if you live in Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, Bloomfield, or anywhere nearby, and have been thinking about tackling a renovation, now is the time!

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What can you find at our Countertop Showroom in Troy?

Quartz Countertops in Troy

If you are looking for quartz in Troy, stop by our new showroom! Quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and not only provide beauty but durability as well. Quartz rivals the look of natural stone without the maintenance, so you truly get the best of both worlds. It is a non-porous surface, so it can withstand daily product spills and food crumbs that come with everyday life, making it perfect for high-traffic areas like the kitchen. So, if you’re looking for a gorgeous kitchen or bathroom countertop that will withstand the test of time, a quartz countertop from CEC might be the perfect fit for you!

Granite Countertops in Troy

Stop by the showroom to browse high quality and extremely popular granite countertops. Granite countertops have been a leading choice in both residential and commercial projects for many years and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Our Troy showroom is home to a variety of standard and unique granite colors, so you are sure to find the perfect stone to bring your vision to life. With its stain and heat resistant qualities, the investment in granite countertops is worth every penny. In order to keep these countertops looking as pristine as install day, we highly recommend your granite countertops be sealed periodically and protected. This will minimize the absorption of any water or bacteria that would cause staining and discoloration. If you are ready to start a new granite project, contact us today!

Marble Countertops in Troy

Searching for marble in Troy may seem overwhelming, but our friendly team will help guide you every step of the way from selection to installation, alleviating you of any worries. Our team can educate you on sealing and cleaning your marble countertops, so they stay in tip-top shape for the years to come. The unique veining in marble and its stunning natural beauty have long been used in ancient architecture and modern-day kitchens. Marble adds elegance and drama to any room you use this natural stone in, making it a very popular choice amongst homeowners. You’ll find mesmerizing patterns when browsing the collections of marble offered at our Troy location. To find the kitchen or bath marble countertop you have been searching for, call us today to schedule a tour!

Whether you are looking for granite, marble or quartz in Troy we have these beautiful materials and more on display at our design center. We know visiting a showroom can be intimidating, with rows and rows filled with gorgeous stones, but our team will help you narrow down the selections so that you can be confident in your choice of kitchen or bathroom countertops.

Don’t waste another minute dreaming about a new kitchen or bath countertop, contact us to learn more about your options within our brand new showroom in Troy!

Be sure to follow along on the Cutting Edge Countertops blog for news, inspiration, and more!

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Now Open: New Troy Countertop Design & Selection Center

As a growing leader in the sales and manufacturing of residential and commercial countertops for the Midwest region, we are pleased to announce the opening of our fifth Cutting Edge Countertops location in the tri-state area. Following the recent expansion of our manufacturing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio, we pursued the opportunity to better serve the design and construction market in the Troy, Michigan area.

Our newest showroom and design center is located at 192 East Maple Road in Troy. The facility is staffed by three experienced design consultants with years of experience to assist with any type of project.  With nearly 70 full-size natural stone slabs to view and even more quartz selections to choose from, customers are sure to find the perfect stone for their kitchen or bath. CEC carries a large variety of granite and marble, as well as top quartz products from HanStone, Silestone, Caesarstone, and other major material brands like Corian, Hi-Macs, Dekton, Neolith and GEOS.

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Our company operates under key safety, quality and service commitments, including maintaining first-class facilities, offering an extensive material selection, providing quick project turnaround and an unmatched dedication to customer experience.

“We have the honor of creating the centerpiece for our clients’ kitchen or bath projects,” said Keith Sadowski, CEC Regional Sales Manager. “We believe that there are no ordinary kitchens or baths, they are all extraordinary, just like our customers’ unique styles and needs.”

CEC is one of the largest fabricators of granite and quartz countertops in the Midwest, cranking out more than 50 kitchen and vanity tops a day. The company employs a state-of-the-art fabrication process that is designed to offer each client the highest quality countertops. From its 95,000 sq.ft. headquarters, CEC’s production warehousing, manufacturing, and logistics operations are centralized to service the states of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

“We encourage you to come visit our new showroom and let us make your new countertops the envy of the neighborhood,” Sadowski closed.

To celebrate the new space, CEC will host a grand opening event this summer.

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Design Guide: Fall Decor

Fall is here! Is your kitchen decorated? We have a few ideas for you that will keep your counter space open!

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Metal Tins

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Now you have 5 great ways to decorate your space for fall. Do your countertops need a makeover? Update them with Cutting Edge Countertops! Click here to browse our surfaces.

 

 

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8 Steps to the Perfect Countertop Installation

Did you know October is kitchen and bath month? Well, it is! Believe it or not, now is the best time to upgrade your countertops before the holiday season. To help you prepare for your countertop installation, we have developed this handy dandy guide to ensure you know what to do and expect in a countertop remodel.

1. Budget

One of the most important items to develop in any home project is to establish your budget. Knowing what you are able to spend, or even having an idea of what you would like to spend, will give you a realistic expectation of what you will be able to accomplish in any project.

2. Plan

Plan, plan, and plan some more. It is important to plan around your families schedule. Being without a kitchen or bathroom for any amount of time is stressful. Even though a countertop installation is a quick process, it is good to plan ahead and be prepared for extra time and space.

3. Know Your Space

If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, it is a good idea to know the ins and outs of your existing space to ensure you know what you want and don’t want in your new space. Some things to take into account are your home’s traffic patterns, plumbing, and electrical.

4. In-Home Measure

Before you head off to the showroom and slab house it is important you gather some measurements and dimensions of your current and future space. These don’t have to be exact, but they will help give us an idea of your home. Later on, a team member will make a home visit to template once you have selected your countertop.

5. Select Your Slab

At Cutting Edge Countertops, our extensive selection of countertop materials includes stunning natural stones like marble and granite, durable quartz, adaptable solid surface and more from top manufacturers. Our goal is to provide the latest trends in surfacing materials that meet your design, lifestyle, and budget needs. Click here to view our wide portfolio of countertop brands, materials, colors, and finishes to find the perfect match for your home.

6. Measure & Template

This is when things get real! It is time to plan and schedule a team member to visit your home to template your space and gather all of the necessary information about your installation. No one wants to be surprised with extra charges or unforeseen problems. That’s why we take extremely accurate measurements.

7. Prepare Your Home

On the day of your installation, it is important to clear pathways and entryways and remove items from existing counters to ensure a smooth removal and installation.

8. Leave The Rest To The Pros

It’s time to sit back and relax. Your new countertops will be installed and ready for you to enjoy in no time. Once the work is complete, our installers will review the job with you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Carrara vs Calacatta‬ Marble

Marble has a timeless appeal, providing an elegant and sophisticated feel.  Available in a polished or honed finish, it is many people’s choice for a high-end look. Marble also has two popular variations, Carrara and Calacatta. Both are beautiful, and unique in their own ways. Want to know the difference? We’re breaking it down so you can find the perfect marble for your countertops.

 

History of Marble:

Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat, limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble. Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The Romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding Roman marble quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to marble for countertops and flooring.

 

Carrara Marble:

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The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the veining. White Carrera marble tends to have “softer” veining. Another factor that differs between the two stones is the base color. Carrara marble tends to look less “true white” compared to Calacatta. In fact, White Carrara can be greyish when compared to Calacatta.

 

Calacatta Marble:

Calacatta MarbleWhere Carrara has soft veining, Calacatta marble contains very sharp and thick veins. Calacatta marble also tends to be whiter than Carrara marble. This is an important factor to note, because the whiter the marble the more valuable it is, which also means the more it may cost. Nevertheless, a great choice for countertops, flooring, and backsplash.

 

In conclusion, depending on your budget and style preferences both variations of marble will make an excellent statement to your home.

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IDEA FILE: Tips For the Perfect All White Kitchen

There is a reason why white kitchens have been a classic look for many years. The timeless look of a simple white kitchen connotes cleanliness and brightens rooms that can be naturally dark. It can also make smaller spaces appear larger.

However, some all white kitchens have a tendency to appear a bit stark, or quite frankly…a little boring. The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home, and it should make a statement, not just blend in with its surroundings.

Here are a few tips to warm up and personalize your white kitchen and create a look that will never go out of style!

Add metal accents. Metals such as copper, bronze, brass or polished nickel can definitely warm up an all white kitchen. Look beyond your cabinet hardware for metal options and consider adding a combination of metals with your lighting, fixtures and possibly open shelving?

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Add real wood elements. Real wood adds a warm organic feel to a white kitchen. Islands/countertops, floating shelves and flooring are great areas with the potential to add a real wood look.

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Accessorize to bring in your personality and flavor to your all white kitchen. Consider displaying your cookbook collection in your open shelving units. If you have a garden, rotate in fresh flowers for a pop of color.  The options are endless to add depth and interest to what could otherwise be a bland space.

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Add a statement hood and/or backsplash. A large striking range hood and dramatic backsplash could be the only major design statement you need in an otherwise all white kitchen!

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With an all white kitchen, it’s all about adding contrasting elements and shades of color that will blend seamlessly with the white space and create a more inviting space for your family and guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Professional Granite Countertop Installation

Countertop installation isn’t something that should be DIY’ed. Especially when it comes to installing granite and natural stone. There are safety concerns and technical details to take into consideration. It is best to leave this job to the pros.

 

Choosing Granite Countertops

Granite comes from mother nature, making each slab unique with different shade variations, fissures, cracks, chips, pits, and pores. Don’t let this scare you away! This is what makes natural stone so beautiful! Not only does granite make a great countertop surface because of its beauty, it is also a great choice because of its qualities. Granite countertops are resistant to scratches, bacteria, stains, and heat, and can also be used for both outdoor and indoor spaces. Now that you have selected one of the most popular and durable countertops for your space it is important to get them professionally installed.

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Professional Granite Installation Benefits

Damage:

Even though granite is a strong and durable surface, it can easily be damaged in the transportation process if the right precautions aren’t met.

Insured:

Installing your natural stone countertops with a professional installer will eliminate a great risk of damage, not to mention the installer and the stone are insured if things go wrong. This is not always the case with a handyman who would leave you with the bill and the damaged product.

Time:

There is a lot of work that takes place in the fabrication and installation of your granite countertops. Measuring, cutting, sanding, polishing, and sealing are just some of the steps that take place before your countertops are installed in your home. Countertop installation can be a lot of work for a DIY handyman to handle. Our team of installers are trained professionals that have the proper knowledge and tools to get your countertops installed perfectly and in a timely manner.

 

So sit back and relax and let the professionals create an enjoyable experience for you and your family. If you are needing new countertops installed in your home consider Cutting Edge Countertops for your project. If you can visualize it, we can create it – from eye-­catching kitchens to picture-­perfect powder rooms and luxurious laundries. Whether your style is timelessly traditional or stunningly sleek, we can help you create the perfect environment to truly transform your home or commercial space. It all starts with our wide-­ranging selection of surfaces. Contact us today to get started on your installation.

 

 

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