Granite Countertops Birmingham, Alabama

Granite Countertops Birmingham, Alabama

Are you considering installing Granite Countertops in your home? Granite is a natural stone thats delivers durability and beautiful aesthetics to any room. Granite is a very hard substance and is resistant to scratches, heat and normal wear and tear. The durability of granite makes it a popular choice for busy families’ kitchens as well as bathrooms and serving bars. Surface One installs granite countertops in the Birmingham area and throughout Alabama.

Natural Beauty of Granite Countertops

Choosing granite for your bathroom adds a distinctive feel of luxury. Because it is a natural stone the color variations are endless, making it easy to find the perfect pattern to coordinate with your flooring, cabinets, backsplash, and paint color. The beauty of the granite countertop is hard to beat, it is a natural product with a timeless aura and appeal. Exotic granite slabs can be used is a powder bathroom to create a focal point in the room. 

Benefits of Granite Countertops

  • Granite doesn’t depreciate in value, it adds value to your home
  • Granite is sanitary, bacterial contamination is not an issue
  • Granite is easy to clean with warm water and a mild detergent
  • Granite is durable and holds up to daily wear and tear
  • Granite is a natural surface with an almost luminous look
  • Granite color will never fade
  • Granite countertops vary because of the various minerals within that create depth and character
  • Granite is stain resistant once it is sealed
Making the Right Decision
Surface One is an expert installer of Granite Countertops in the Birmingham Area. Contact Surface One and our design team will help you select the perfect granite color, edge profile and finish for your home. If you are interested in learning more about granite countertops read our other articles: “How Durable is Granite?” and “Which Granite Finish to Choose?”
Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

Super White Quartzite and Blanco Maple Silestone in Preserve Home

Surface One fabricated and installed Super White Quartzite, Blanco Maple Silestone, Volakas Marble, and Leathered Uba Tuba Granite in this home located in The Preserve in Hoover.

This luxurious home is located in The Preserve in Hoover and was built by Byrom Building Company.  The spacious kitchen has vaulted ceilings with wooden beams that span the kitchen and eating area. Surface One custom fabricated and installed Super White Quartzite on the kitchen counters and the large kitchen island. Quartzite is a natural stone that is popular for kitchens because it is strong, durable and stain resistant. The color variations can give the elegant appearance of Marble with durability that is comparable to Granite.

The natural gray and white pattern of the Super White Quartzite adds a sophisticated look that complements the custom white cabinetry and white subway tile backsplash. The island countertop was custom designed and fabricated to house a large white farmhouse sink. With dark wood flooring and lots of natural light from the breakfast nook windows, this kitchen has an open and comfortable feel.

This home also features a butler’s pantry where Surface One installed Blanco Maple Silestone countertops. Surface One custom fabricated a curve in the edge of this countertop to meet the needs of the client. Silestone Quartz is a durable man-made surface manufactured by Cosentino with a wide variety of colors and textures.

The master bathroom features Volakas Marble on the vanity countertops. Volakas Marble is a natural stone that comes from the mountains in the Drama area of North Greece. The light grey and white pattern adds elegance to any room.

In the upstairs bathroom, a leathered Uba Tuba Granite was selected. Leathered granite is becoming a popular finish for granite that has a natural textured look and feel. Leathered granite is a smart choice for bathrooms because it can add unique style to smaller spaces, and it hides water spots better than many polished surfaces.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

Which Granite Finish to Choose

Which Granite Finish to Choose

Once you have selected the perfect slab of granite for your home how do you choose the best finish?  There are three main categories of granite finish, Polished, Honed and Leathered.  Each finish has its own style and use benefits. In most cases, the decision comes down to design and style.

Polished Granite

Polished is the most popular choice for a granite finish. The finish is achieved by grinding the stone with fine abrasives to achieve a shiny appearance.  Polishing enriches the color of the stone and darkens it from its original state thus adding depth to the design. Enhancing sealers can be used to bring out more nuances of the natural stone. By following a simple maintenance plan, a granite surface will keep this high shine for many years. If for any reason the surface becomes dull, most granite can be buffed and polished again to regain the shiny appearance.

Honed Granite

Honed granite is not buffed to a high shine like polished granite, resulting in a satin or matte finish that is not glossy in appearance. Honed granite is non-reflective and therefore more subdued than polished granite.

Honed granite is an excellent choice for kitchens or bathrooms that already include reflective materials or metallic surfaces. Honed granite is just as durable as polished granite and can benefit from periodic resealing.

Leathered Granite

Leathered granite, also referred to as ‘rough finished granite’, is created when fabricators move diamond-tipped brushes across a honed surface to create the look and feel of textured leather. A leathered finish offers a degree of texture that many find appealing. You will probably catch your family members and guests running their hands along your countertops to feel the surface, time and time again.

The leathered finish is also slightly lighter than a polished finish, meaning that a stone that looks jet black when polished may appear as more of a dark grey when leathered. Leathered countertops also hide fingerprints and water spots much more effectively than a polished surface, and they are not reflective. Despite the texturing, the surface is still mostly flat and will not be inconvenient as a surface for dishware.

Making the Right Decision

There is no wrong selection and each granite finish can be used in any room of your home. Some homeowners choose to use a high shine polished granite on an island or bar top as an accent and incorporate a honed stone on other surfaces in the room. Leathered granite is a popular choice for bathrooms because it hides water spots. Contact Surface One and our design team will help you select the perfect granite color, edge profile and finish for your home.

If you are interested in learning more about granite countertops read our article, “How Durable is Granite?”

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standa

SafeHouse Home Sweet Home Auction

SafeHouse Home Sweet Home Auction

Surface One is honored to donate the granite countertops for a Kitchen Makeover package that will be auctioned off during the Home Sweet Home Auction to benefit SafeHouse of Shelby County. SafeHouse of Shelby county offers a variety of crisis-response and community education services related to domestic and sexual violence.  Programs include emergency services, transitional housing, community service, children’s services, education and prevention. SafeHouse has been providing critical domestic and sexual violence response and prevention programs for Shelby, Coosa and Clay counties since 1989.

The SafeHouse Home Sweet Home Auction is scheduled for August 25-30 and will be held on Ebay. Bidding is easy, you can do it from the comfort of your own home or office. All proceeds will support SafeHouse of Shelby County programs for local residents fleeing domestic violence.

The auction items are promised to be even better than last year. One of the premier auction items is a Kitchen Makeover from Counter Dimensions Inc. featuring granite countertops, a tile backsplash, a stainless steel sink and a new faucet. The Level 1 granite countertops will be donated by Surface One and installed by Counter Dimensions, Inc.  The winner will get to choose from these gorgeous granite colors: Black Pearl, Steel Gray, Napoli, Ornamental, Tropic Brown, Uba Tuba and Venetian Ice. These amazing natural stone surfaces are low maintenance and do not have to be sealed or waxed and are the perfect choice for a new, updated kitchen!

Other auction items include a Yeti Cooler, 2 Grandstand tickets for Oct. 25 to the Alabama 500 at Talladega, a shade canopy, decorative platters, a car wash package, a massage, specialty Auburn and Alabama items, cupcakes, steaks, and much more. Visit the Home Sweet Home Online Auction Facebook Event Page for updates about the event and details about the auction items. Pictures of the auction items can be viewed here.

Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase fabulous home goods, while donating to a worthy local charitable organization.

 

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

GBAHB 2015 Parade of Homes Ideal Home

GBAHB 2015 Parade of Homes Ideal Home

The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders is getting ramped up to kick off the Greater Birmingham Parade of Homes this weekend.  Surface One installed custom fabricated surfaces in kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor kitchens for several homes being featured in the Parade, including the Ideal Home, located in The Preserve in Hoover, Alabama.  This is the 4th year the GBAHB has participated in building an Ideal Home, and it is a collaborative effort by an assortment of GBAHB members and their suppliers.

Surface One fabricated and installed Silestone Quartz Countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms throughout the Ideal Home, and installed full wall slabs of Silestone Quartz in the Master Bathroom Shower.  From smooth kitchen countertops, to seamless Silestone Quartz slabs in the master bathroom shower, the options for this material are endless. Surface One also fabricated and installed Dekton countertops for the outdoor kitchen.  It was a pleasure to work with Fowler Custom Homes to showcase the different ways Silestone Quartz  and Dekton can be used inside and outside the home.

The 2015 Ideal Home will be open to the public during the GBAHB Parade of Homes on May 9-10th and May 16-17th. Surface One will be posting more information and pictures of the finished Ideal Home on our Surface One, Surface One Blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects.  Learn more about Surface One at www.surface1.com.

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