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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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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.

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