A countertop overhang is a part of the countertop that extends past the cabinets and covers the drawers and cabinets to help prevent spills of crumbs and liquids from falling off the edge of the counter.
A standard countertop usually has an overhang of 1½ inches. Although some countertops may have a longer or shorter overhang, this number is generally the standard length for an overhang in homes.
Like many natural stones, granite is porous, meaning it is prone to staining. It is recommended that sealant should be applied to your granite countertops every 5 years to prevent staining from water, oils, and other liquids. When sealed properly, oils and other liquids will bead on top of the countertop rather than seeping into the stone.
The Mohs scale is a tool used to define a mineral or natural stone’s strength and resistance to scratching. The scale utilizes a 1-10 ranking, 1 meaning the stone easily scratches. This scale is widely referenced in the countertop fabrication industry. The scale was created in 1812 by geologist, Friedrich Mohs. The test to determine a stone’s Mohs rating is fairly simple, it can be done by taking one stone or mineral and scrapping it against another. If a scratch is produced by the material being tested on the other stone, it is known to be harder.
When purchasing natural stone countertops, knowing the difference between a crack and a fissure can help save yourself from wondering whether your countertop has a natural or unnatural opening. Many times in the industry, fabricators will often get calls about cracks in natural stone countertops. However, sometimes these “cracks” are not actually cracks, rather they are fissures, a natural feature of the stone that can resemble a crack. How can you tell the difference between a crack and a fissure? Here’s how:
Staining and Etching are two very common forms of natural stone damage that can occur if your countertops are not properly sealed. Although staining and etching can occur at the same time, they can happen individually as well, here’s how:
If you have been at home during the quarantine and have noticed some outdated fixtures and countertops in your home, now might be the best time to invest in a small renovation. Without committing to a full-throttle home renovation, updating a few things here and there can spruce up your spaces and breathe some life into your home again!
At home bars are becoming increasingly popular as we are all spending more time in our homes. In fact, over the last 90 days, there has been an 80% increase in Google searches for “at home bars.” Because bars and restaurants are currently closed, it seems that this may be the perfect time to start creating an entertaining bar area in your home. When creating and designing your home bar setup, homeowners are getting inventive, using previously wasted space or converting part of their basements into places of relaxation and enjoyment. Here are 8 tips to consider for your own home bar setup.
Granite is probably the most popular name in the kitchen renovation realm and there is no doubt as to why. Granite is natural, durable and available in a wide variety of colors to suit any design taste. Why else might granite be the countertop material choice for you?
Heading into a renovation, you probably have a general idea of the type of kitchen you like- modern, contemporary, traditional- but have you thought about the less pretty things that go into a renovation like how your sink will be mounted? We didn’t think so. Below are three must-ask questions for your contractor and designer.
We’ll be honest- there is no shortage of decisions to be made when undertaking a kitchen renovation. Countertops, fixtures, and color schemes can leave your head spinning. Knowing what’s out there and what’s within your budget before you start your reno can help eliminate some of the pressure and stress that is bound to come your way. To help you prep for your kitchen renovation, here are 5 cabinet types that we can’t stop lusting over-.
You’ve heard of quartz and maybe you’ve heard of quartzite. Chances are you are scratching your head at what the difference between the two is and which one may be right for your next remodel. We’re going to break each one down below and hopefully help you narrow down your countertop decision. Remember though- these are just two of the amazing options available to you at Hard Rock Stone Works so don’t fret in either seems to be up your alley at the end of the day. We have experts that can help you along the way, start to finish, so never hesitate to reach out.
Has your bathroom seen better days and a remodel just can’t be put off any longer? Thinking of using your tax refund to give your bathroom some TLC? Regardless of the motive, there are several things that you should consider before you start taking a sledgehammer to the walls.
When it comes to picking a material for your new countertops, the options are virtually endless. One material that may not be on your radar? Porcelain. Often thought of like a bathtub and commode material, porcelain is picking up steam in tile and slab form, popping up in kitchens and bathrooms at a rapid pace. Learn more about the material in general as well as some of the pros and cons below.
We may be the stone experts but cabinetry is a crucial component of your remodel. The wrong decisions can lead to pacing back and forth while you try to make Thanksgiving dinner, hunting for the turkey baster that you KNOW is somewhere. Choosing cabinets doesn’t have to be hard as long as you keep these things in mind:
At the beginning of your renovation, knowing where to start can seem overwhelming. From countertops to cabinets to fixtures, there is no short supply of decisions to make. Picking the materials for your countertops is a central part of the overall design process that should be well thought out. Lifestyle and budget are two of the top things to keep in mind when deciding on a surface for your new kitchen or bathroom. Here’s a breakdown of materials available at Hard Rock Stone Works and how they may or may not fit your lifestyle and budget.
Much like your current kitchen, our old website was functional and comfortable but not really representative of where Hard Rock Stone Works currently is as a leader in the stone industry. We buckled down and worked with some of the best in Detroit to bring you much more informative and enjoyable browsing experience. Some of the new things you’ll notice:
In life, and especially in your work life, there is little that compares with making someone smile. Smiles are contagious they say. And if you are unsure, smile at a stranger once you make eye contact. It’s not often that you won’t get a return smile.