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The Difference Between Polished and Honed Granite

When choosing granite countertops for your home there are a lot of choices to make. From the color of the granite to edges and finishes. These final details, such as the finish of the granite, can drastically change the appearance of the stone and overall look of your space. There are a lot of questions in regard to what the difference between polished and honed granite is and what to choose when adding granite to your home. Here is the information you need to know on polished vs honed granite to make the best choice for your home!

What is Polished Granite?

Polished granite has a highly reflective surface, this finish will display the vibrancy of the granite’s colors as well as the character of the stone. A polished finish is very smooth and enhances the full color of a stone. A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals.

Polished Granite Characteristics

Polished granite is coated. This acts as a protectant, making the granite less susceptible to stains. This makes polished granite a popular and classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Consequently, the highly reflective surface means more visible scratches. Since polished granite is very smooth, this makes it a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because or bathrooms because it can be very slippery when wet

Polished Granite Recap

  • Feel: Smooth
  • Look: Glossy & Shiny
  • Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain resistant.
  • Recommended Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean spills immediately.
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Polished Finish

What is Honed Granite?

When you choose a honed finish, the polishing process ends before buffing to create a matte or low-gloss sheen that lacks the highly reflective, mirror-like look of traditional granite. The softer honed finish is popular among homeowners wanting a casual or aged look.

Honed Granite Characteristics

Honed granite is more resistant to scratches because of its matte finish. Unlike with a polished surface, honed granite does get scratched, it is less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it. On the other hand, honed granite is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean spills in a timely manner. Since it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a great choice for flooring.

Honed Granite Recap

  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Looks: Matte
  • Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained.
  • Recommended Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer, or living room.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean up spills immediately, re-sealing suggested over time.
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Honed Finish

Whether you chose honed or polished as the finish for your granite countertops, it will make a luxurious addition to your home. Be sure to contact our team or visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, Indianapolis and Noblesville if you have any additional questions. You can also begin browsing our selection in our Live Inventory.

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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, if you are interested in learning about some of the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest keep reading!

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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Black Pearl Leather Granite

Black Pearl Leather granite is a predominately black granite of a semi-solid color tone with speckles of blacks, golds, silvers, browns, greens and shades of gray. The leather finish is gaining more traction in the design world. It features a soft sheen that is less than polished granite but includes a textured appearance.

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Blue Pearl Granite

Blue Pearl Granite features gorgeous shades of blues, grays, and beige. This blue granite kitchen countertop has a stunning, almost metallic blue background. The shimmering specks of gray and black provide an amazing iridescent look to this stone and to the whole kitchen space. Design tip: Pair Blue Pearl granite countertops with bright white cabinetry to bring out the colors in this material and make them pop!

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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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White Sparkle Granite

White Sparkle granite is known for its cool white tones and grays highlighted by just a touch of sparkle. These elegant white granite slabs are durable enough to be used for exterior projects including outdoor kitchens, as well as a variety of interior projects in homes including granite countertops, accent walls, floors and backsplashes. Add a touch of sparkle in your home with this granite!

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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 Alaska White, White Ice, Black Pearl Leather, Blue Pearl and White Sparkle countertops along with many others in our live inventory on our website or visit one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, Noblesville and Indianapolis! 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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The Best Way To Clean Granite Countertops

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Granite is a top choice for natural stone countertops due to its variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Another popular characteristic of granite is that it is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. That is if you take proper care of it! Here are our top recommendations on caring for your granite countertops!

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Important Things to Know About Cleaning Granite Countertops

1. Make sure your granite countertop is sealed

A part of the maintenance for granite countertops is ensuring that they are sealed regularly. This step in keeping your countertops clean is the most important because unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up spills and stains. If you are feeling unsure on whether or not it is time to have your granite countertops resealed you can conduct a simple test at home. You will want to leave a few drops of water on the surface and if after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal the stone. Be sure to contact a professional for information about resealing your countertops to avoid any further damage.

2. Use a gentle cloth

A gently cloth is key when wiping down your granite countertops daily. You will want to avoid abrasive sponges that can potentially scratch and damage your stone over time. We recommend using warm water, mild or gentle soap and a microfiber cloth.

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3. Do not use harsh cleaners

Popular household cleaning items such as Windex, bleach and vinegar may be tempting to use on your countertop but these harsh chemicals can cause damage. Regular use of acidic cleaners or anything with ammonia will cause your countertop to lose its shine and quickly weaken the sealant. Remember, warm water, mild or gentle soap and a microfiber cloth is the perfect combination for cleaning your countertops daily!

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4. Granite safe cleaner

If you are interested in a granite cleaner you may be overwhelmed with the amount of options on the market. Our knowledgeable staff can help you sift through the options and ensure that you are getting a safe product. We also offer a product for purchase in each of our Showrooms.  Contact us with any questions you may have!

Following these guidelines will help you not only keep your countertop clean but maintain their beauty by avoiding abrasive and harsh cleaning products. Be sure to follow along on our blog for more helpful tips, stone information and design inspiration!

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The Midwest Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom with granite countertops for 2020? You have come to the right place! Cutting Edge Countertops provides granite countertops to homeowners in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg and Troy. To ensure our customers stay up to date on the latest trends we have rounded up five material options that are hot on the market and would make the perfect kitchen or bathroom granite countertop for your project! These popular granite colors include Dallas White, Blue Pearl, Black Pearl, Bianco Antico and New Venetian Gold. Keep reading to find out more about these colors and which one would best suit your style!

Dallas White Granite

The white background of Dallas White Granite is accented by lavender and light gray tones. You will also see a mix of cream and brown throughout this granite. This element will catch the eye of all your guest when they enter the space where this granite will be homed. Dallas White granite is the perfect option if you are wanting to steer away from the dark side, but aren’t completely sold on bright white countertops. It is the perfect mix of neutrals and will fit right in with your current home decor!

DALLAS WHITE

Blue Pearl Granite

If you are looking for a dark granite that is unique, Blue Pearl granite will exceed your expectations. When you take a close look you will see that this granite contains the perfect harmony of blues, grays and black. The dark gray and navy blue tones differ from slab to slab so when you handpick your material to work with you will be getting a one of kind piece! So if you want to make a statement in your home Blue Pearl granite might just be the granite you have been searching for!

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Black Pearl Granite

Opting for dark countertops is a bold choice and looks great in any style kitchen. Black Pearl granite has a black background with hints of gray and speckles of green, brown, silver and gold. When these minerals are hit by the light, Black Pearl granite comes to life and creates an exotic feel to any kitchen or bathroom. Pair your black granite countertops with white or light wood cabinets and stainless-steel appliances for a stunning look!

Black Pearl Granite Colors

Bianco Antico Granite

Bianco Antico granite is a dreamy blend of gray, white and brown shades on top of a white and gray background. This granite gives off a luxurious appearance due to the quartz crystals scattered throughout the material. Bianco Antico pairs well with a variety of cabinetry colors including black, white, and gray. It is perfect for traditional and contemporary kitchen design styles with it’s light neutral palette it will bring the feeling of openness to any kitchen or bathroom it is installed in.

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New Venetian Gold Granite

Whether polished or leathered New Venetian Gold is a beautiful natural stone. This granite has a sweet honey-colored background that is decorated in amber, white and black flecks. With the proper maintenance and care New Venetian Gold granite can withstand many years of  usage in the kitchen or bathroom due to its super strong and durable characteristics. Combine New Venetian Gold granite countertops with white or black cabinetry to make this material pop!

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With all of our natural stone products, we require that you view the material of interest so that our team can ensure you awill be satisfied with your purchase. Natural stone, such as granite, varies from slab to slab, so when you come into our showrooms located in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg and Troy you will have the opportunity to pick your slab to work with! Contact us to set up an appointment or visit our website to learn more!

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Fall in Love With Your Kitchen & Bathroom All Over Again

Fall in Love With Your Kitchen/ Bathroom All Over Again

Have you been dreaming of that perfect, picturesque kitchen that you wish you could have? You see images online and wish that you, too, could have a home design alike.

Minor exterior and interior prep is always great to do during fall. Don’t overlook more serious construction projects though. There are many benefits to completing renovations later in the year. At Cutting Edge Countertops, we tend to say that there’s no bad time to indulge in new kitchen or bathroom countertops.

The holidays are quickly approaching and soon you will find family and friends visiting for seasonal get-togethers. Hurry, and take advantage of the calm before the storm and renovate your home to represent your personal style and preference!

Benefits of Renovating During Fall

We all know the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows associated with the Fall season. These colors along with rich creams, chocolates and coral shades also come back into play. These colors are one of the many reasons people love Fall. Renovating during the Fall gives you the opportunity to take advantage of these popular interior design trends for your home and also our countertop promotions!

Another great reason to renovate in the Fall season is the cooler weather. Instead of doing renovations in Summer and Winter, when temperatures are extreme and precipitation is unpredictable, opting for Fall renovations means comfortable environments for workers. Calmer weather will help with the timeline of your project and decrease your chances of it getting pushed back.

Lastly, Fall is also a great time for the real estate market with an increase of people planning to purchase homes in the new year. If you are interested in increasing the resale value of your home, and saving money with our countertop promotions, getting your renovations completed during the Fall is a way to ensure potential homebuyers will have a positive first impression of your home.

Our Countertops Promotions

Now is a wonderful time to start remodeling your home with our countertop promotions! We have deals on countertops that you won’t want to miss out on! Find the perfect granite, quartz or compact surface to bring your home to life this holiday season.

  • Get SPOOKtacular savings now until October 31 and save up to $450 on your countertop project!
  • Save this holiday season on your countertops by taking 10% OFF material available October 8th – November 30th!
  • Take advantage of our special financing that enables you to spread your finances over the span of 12 or 24 months!

Fall in love with your kitchen and bathrooms all over again with this special deal! Browse our extensive collection of granite, marble, quartz, and more to bring your dream home to life! Visit one of our showrooms located in Perrysburg, Wixom, Troy, Noblesville or Indianapolis to get started today!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, visit our blog or contact us to speak directly with a Cutting Edge Countertop representative.