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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.

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Transformation Begins at The Surface

Countertop Options Galore

If you can visualize it, we can create it! From eye-catching kitchens to picture-perfect powder rooms, Cutting Edge Countertops is qualified to suit your design style and needs. Whether your preference is timelessly traditional or stunningly sleek, we can help you create the perfect environment to truly transform your home or commercial space.

But how do you choose a type of stone? The selection process can be hard with our wide range of surfaces. Take a look at the characteristics of each stone below to help you decide which surface will be best for your lifestyle or business. Of course, if you still have questions, we’re here to help answer them so give us a call or come visit us!

Natural Stone (Granite, Marble, Other)

One of a Kind

Due to its origin from the earth, natural stone radiates very unique design that is one-of-a-kind. Its veining and speckled details cannot be truly matched by any other manufactured surface (although there are some that come pretty close!). Each stone is different from the rest, making every piece exclusive.

Durability (Moderate-High)

Overall, natural stone is considered to be a very durable stone, but it mostly depends on the type of surface. Granite is more durable than marble because it is composed of a harder substance. Therefore, granite is less susceptible to chips and scratches. It’s also great for outdoor use too.

Stain Resistant (Low-Moderate)

Because natural stone is a porous material, if it is not sealed upon installation, it will absorb liquids and is likely to stain. However, if sealed properly, it is moderately stain resistant. If you have a darker surface, stains are typically not seen. Softer and lighter material, such as marble, has a higher chance of absorbing and showing stains.

Heat Resistant (High)

With its strong durability, comes a high tolerance to heat. All natural stones are great for kitchen countertops because you do not have to worry about placing a boiling hot pan atop the counter. They are simply stress free!

Scratch Resistant (Moderate-High)

Natural stone is just as scratch resistant as it is durable. It is a strong material and you will rarely find a scratch on the surface. You’re more than welcome to use sharp knives on granite, but be aware that this will dull your knives and could more quickly wear down the sealer.

Low Maintenance

Overall, natural stone is very low maintenance. It is easy to clean and it does not require constant upkeep.

Things To Know: Natural Stone

Learn more about the surface, its characteristics, how to care, etc.

Quartz

Consistent Color

Because quartz is a manufactured product, quartz can be found in a wide range of colors including natural hues as well as vibrant bold options. Each slab design resembles the next, so you can be sure that your color choice will be the same as a sample and that if your project is larger and requires more than one slab, the material will match perfectly.

Durability (High)

Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the market. You will almost never have to worry, because it is a product made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, and can therefore withstand day-to-day activity.

Stain Resistant (High)

Because it is manufactured, quartz is a non-porous material, which means that no liquids can seep through. Thus, quartz does not absorb any unwanted bacteria and does not stain.

Heat Resistant (High)

Another benefit to having quartz countertops is its high ability to resist heat, although we do always suggest using hot pads or trivets to keep your countertop always looking as good as new.

Scratch Resistant (High)

Quartz will not scratch, as it is extremely durable. Don’t worry about needing a cutting board – you can use sharp knives right on the surface! But be aware, cutting atop this material will dull your knives (so we do still suggest using them!).

Low Maintenance

Because quartz is stain resistant, scratch resistant, and extremely durable, the maintenance is very low. It is easy to clean up and you can use any cleaning product without worrying about destroying the surface.

Things To Know: Quartz

Learn more about the surface, its characteristics, how to care, etc.

Solid Surface

Consistent Color

Because it is a manufactured product, solid surface countertops come in all different colors, each the same in design.

Durability (Moderate)

Compared to other surfaces in the market, solid surfaces are moderately durable. They can withstand much of the day to day activities, but be careful about the heavy objects that are placed atop!

Stain Resistant (High)

Solid surface countertops are stain resistant because of its non-porous nature. No need to worry about wine spills or lemon juice – you can simply wipe away the mess and you surface will still appear squeaky clean!

Heat Resistant (Moderate)

Like other material, solid surfaces can withstand heat to a certain degree. However, this isn’t the best product to place extreme heat on. You can easily damage the beauty of your countertop if placing a hot pot and pan, or in opposition, can crack the surface if placing extremely cold objects atop.

Scratch Resistant (Moderate)

Solid surface countertops are softer than quartz, so please take out your cutting board when meal prepping. If you take a sharp knife to the surface, it is possible to cut a deep scratch into the surface, leaving your countertop noticeably rough. Thankfully, you can call a professional to remove the scratches to return your surface back to normal.

Low Maintenance

Overall, solid surfaces are a low maintenance product. It is easy to clean up and does not reveal too many damages if taken care of properly.

Things To Know: Solid Surface

Learn more about the surface, its characteristics, how to care, etc.

Compact Surface

Consistent Color

Compact surfaces contain a consistent color through the various collections. A wide range of choices are available, each color being the same within its specific category, much like quartz.

Durability (High)

Similar to quartz countertops, compact surfaces are extremely durable – one of the tops on the list, actually! You don’t have to worry about this material, as it is manufactured to withstand extreme interactions including heavy objects and harsh environments.

Stain Resistant (High)

With its manufactured state of being, comes the ability to resistant stains. Compact surfaces will not absorb any unwanted liquids and bacteria, making it a hassle-free countertop!

Heat Resistant (High)

Compact surfaces can withstand contact with very high AND low temperatures without being damaged. This makes it an ideal surface for both indoor and outdoor kitchens!

Scratch Resistant (High)

Because it is composed of strong and durable materials, compact surfaces are extremely resistant to scratches. You will not need to worry about scratching so cook, prepare, and make a mess as you please!

Low Maintenance

Compact surfaces are a low maintenance material. It will not absorb stains, nor chip and scratch, making it an easy clean up and hassle-free countertop.

Things To Know: Compact Surface

Learn more about the surface, its characteristics, how to care, etc.

Laminate

Consistent Color

Laminate countertops are made up of layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard or kraft paper to create a solid surface. Because it is manufactured to fit a specific look, these countertops come in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns.

Durability (Low)

Although laminate is a very good choice when choosing a countertop within a tight budget, its durability is very low, making it a difficult surface to keep untouched.

Stain Resistant (Moderate)

Laminate countertops cannot be considered stain proof, but they are definitely stain-resistant. If taken care of properly and not exposed to extreme acidic liquids, laminate surfaces will not reveal unwanted discoloring.

Heat Resistant (Low)

Similar to its stain-resistant capabilities, laminate countertops are not heat resistant but can, in fact, endure a low amount of heat. If limited, the surface will be able to withstand warm temperatures, but make sure that nothing too hot comes in contact or your countertop will be damaged!

Scratch Resistant (Moderate)

Laminate countertops are eligible to get scratched if treated unproperly, but luckily, professionals can easily remove scratches (if the size of the scratch is not extreme).

Low Maintenance

Although laminate surfaces are more susceptible to damages than other countertops, its maintenance remains low and easy to handle.

Things To Know: Laminate

Learn more about the surface, its characteristics, how to care, etc.

Recycled Surface

One of a Kind

Recycled surfaces are all similar to the way quartz is made, but the contents include more environmentally friendly materials making each countertop slightly different in design, pattern, and color. Therefore, each surface is unique in its own way.

Durability (Moderate)

Recycled glass counters are resistant to heat and scratches, making it a durable countertop, but it is not as durable as other options on the market.

Stain Resistant (High)

Because it is manufactured to be a non-porous material, recycled surfaces are known to keep bacteria at bay. Any strong liquids can easily be wiped away and will not absorb into the surface.

Heat Resistant (High)

Each countertop is highly resistant to heat and can sustain extreme temperatures. Recycled surfaces are made up of natural components that are all eligible to withstand strong heat.

Scratch Resistant (High)

Made from strong materials, recycled surface countertops are highly resistant to scratches. Therefore, you never need to worry about damaging your beautifully, unique counter.

Low Maintenance

Because of its non-porous state, recycled surfaces are very easy to clean up and maintain, making it a great (and eco-friendly) kitchen countertop with little to no maintenance.

Comparison Chart of all countertop surfaces and the countertop benefits

Learn more about our surfaces.

Shop our Natural Stone, Quartz, Solid Surface, Compact Surface, Laminate, & Recycled Glass Countertops

For further assistance in selecting a countertop, feel free to contact us at 888.515.TOPS or visit our blog for more information.

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Cutting Edge Countertops Ranked One of The Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in The U.S. on Inc. 5000

CEC Placed #2942 in the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Privately Held American Companies

Have you heard the great news? Cutting Edge Countertops has been placed on Inc. 5000’s 2019 list of The Most Successful Companies in America! After putting forth hard work and dedication, it is a privilege to see results like this. We pride ourselves in providing the best countertop service and customer experience in the Midwest region. Our small business personality combined with our valient efforts to deliver high quality countertops have gotten us recognized and we couldn’t be more honored. We thank our employees for working as hard as they do every day to keep the business running full force, and we appreciate our loyal customers for choosing us for their countertop projects. We are excited to see where the company will be in the next 5 years. But for now, let’s celebrate this prestigious achievement!

Cutting Edge Countertops ranked on Inc. 5000 Most Successful Companies in America, One of the Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in the U.S.
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The Ultimate Quartz VS Marble Smackdown!

The Ultimate Quartz VS Marble Battle: The Best Countertop Stone

The quartz vs marble war never seems to stop! Homeowners are constantly torn between the two durable countertops which is why we have created the ultimate marble vs quartz guide. We will walk you through all of the great and not so great aspect and qualities of each stone. There are many factors to consider when you are searching for new countertops whether it’s for your kitchen or your bathroom.

You must take into account the overall layout and design of your home as well as your budget. Bathrooms and kitchens are the top two priciest rooms in the house when it comes to renovation. Weighing the cost and including the features can be critical in making your final decision on the type of counters you will go with. We understand the importance of making the right decision. Follow along with Cutting Edge Countertops for more insight on the pros and cons of marble and quartz.

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Will you end up choosing quartz countertops or marble countertops for your kitchen and bathroom? We will answer all of the questions you have been repeatedly asking yourself so you can decide on which countertop is best for you! Find out who wins this countertop war!

The Differences Between Quartz And Marble Stone

There are many different countertop materials to choose from and each material has their own unique qualities that they bring to the table. It is time to bring those qualities to the surface! Different lifestyles call for different types of countertop materials so not everyone is going to want to go with quartz or marble because they may appreciate a quality that you don’t necessarily care for. So let’s take a look at marble vs quartz!

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Quartz Material

Quartz stone is an engineered stone or man-made countertop material that is created from natural stone fused with polymer resins. Quartz has been gaining tons of popularity in the construction industry because it is extremely durable and immensely beautiful!

Marble Material

Marble, on the other hand, is a natural metamorphosed dolomite rock or limestone that is highly desirable all over the world because of its ability to look resemble other countertop materials. Marble is a genuine natural stone that has heat resistant qualities so it is great for the kitchen.

Quartz Appearance

If consistency is a quality you look for in a countertop then you should consider quartz! Quartz is uniform in pattern and color which ultimately means that you will get the same exact color as the sample color you chose. Quartz is well-known for mimicking the appearance of natural stone.

Marble Appearance

Carrara Quartz and Calacatta Quartz will give you the same look as marble without having to deal with the maintenance. There are many different colors to pick from. Whether you are more geared toward a traditional or modern look, you can find the perfect pattern and color to match your unique style aesthetic.

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Quartz Maintenance

Quartz stone is a nonporous countertop material that is germfree. Quartz does not require waxing or sealing. Cleaning quartz countertops is fairly easy to do with just a little bit of water and mild soap detergent. Quartz stone stands up really well against heat, cuts, & abrasions. Another great quality of quartz is that it is stain resistant. Many people confuse this with being stain proof which is not at all the case.

Marble Maintenance

Marble stone countertops do a moderate job anytime it comes them resisting heat. Marble stone will stain when exposed to acidic liquids such as lemon juice, wine, and vinegar. If you decide to go with marble countertops you will have to remember that you will need to seal them regularly if you are wanting them to last you a long time.

In the end, no matter which countertop material you choose, marble and quartz are great options. You will be increasing the resale value of your home and benefiting tremendously from all of the amazing qualities these stones have to offer. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us today by giving us a call at 888.515.TOPS. For more content related to quartz vs marble, make sure to visit our blog.

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Choosing Between Quartz And Granite Kitchen Countertops

Let’s start with the basics before we get into a further comparison of quartz vs. granite kitchen countertops. The experts at Cutting Edge Countertops will lay out the principles in this blog!

The Differences Between Quartz And Granite Kitchen Countertops?

Granite is the most popular type of natural stone. It is quarried in blocks from the earth, cut into slabs, polished and fabricated. On the other hand, quartz is a well-known engineered stone product made from natural quartz, other minerals, and resin. The main difference is that granite is a completely natural quarried stone and quartz is man-made from stone byproducts.

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Do granite and quartz kitchen countertops look similar?

Granite slabs aren’t uniform in color or appearance, which for some would be considered a pro and for others, a con. Each piece of natural stone is truly one-of-a-kind in its pattern, color, and characteristics as a result of the way it’s formed in the earth. There are countless varieties of granite, including blue, green, black, white and more. Depending on your aesthetic preferences, you can find subtle and bold looks with little or a lot of movement (veining).

On the other end, quartz countertops are more uniform in appearance. This makes it easier to match veining and color if your space is large enough to require more than one slab of material. Quartz technologies have advanced quite a bit in recent years. Manufacturers offer hundreds of colors and patterns, some that resemble granite and marble, or other natural stone, and some that are more unique.

How much do granite countertops cost?

Typically, granite kitchen countertops cost between $2,000 and $4,500 on average, including the cost of installation. Granite cost will vary based on the design (whether it’s an easily accessible color or if it is considered a more exotic variety), the size of your project and the countertop edges/finishes you choose.

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How much do quartz countertops cost?

To buy and install quartz countertops will run you between $1,000 and $4,000 on average. There are high (designer styles or white marble look-alikes) and low ends (basic styles and colors) of quartz and granite materials. Sometimes these surfacing options may overlap in price. If you are shopping for countertops on a small budget or looking to save money, granite and quartz probably aren’t your best options. You should consider material remnants, laminate or solid surface.

What are my options for easy-to-clean countertops?


Granite kitchen countertops are very durable. Quartz kitchen countertops are also very durable but provide a few more advantages over their natural stone competitor. Granite is a relatively porous stone that could absorb liquids or other substances if not properly sealed every few years. Alternatively, quartz does not require sealing and is highly resistant to staining. Both materials can be wiped down with soap and water or a stone cleaner for regular upkeep. Whether you own your own house or your own condo, countertops are always going to be a necessity in any home so make sure you choose the best countertop company to help you with your installation.

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How do I get the best countertop installation?

It is not recommended to install larger stone countertops as a DIY project. These materials are very heavy and if you’re making the investment it’s best to get some expert help!

Cutting Edge Countertops is Accredited by the Natural Stone Institute. This means we are vetted as a reliable countertop company that exceeds industry standards and best practices in professionalism, safety, fabrication, and installation. After weighing the pros and cons, whether you decide on granite or quartz, both are premium kitchen countertop choices that will add beauty and value to your home. Come visit one of our showrooms or call us with your countertop questions!  

Still undecided? Check out our Things to Know product roundups for more details on all the countertop choices. For all questions and concerns, make sure to contact a professional granite kitchen countertop expert by calling 888.515.8677.