After deciding granite as the primary stone in your home, it’s time to determine which thickness will complete your look. Typically the industry standard for kitchen granite is 1.25 inches (3 cm), while a granite bathroom vanity is ¾ of an inch (2 cm). We share tips that will help you make the best decision for your next home project.
Thicker granite gives colors and patterns a stronger presence providing a nice focal point in a room. This style works especially well in contemporary and modern rooms. Darker colors are often times easier to find in a thicker variety and are largely popular for kitchen countertops as they can withstand heavy traffic.
Although a thinner stone costs less, there a few things to take into consideration. With a 2cm slab, you must install a plywood underlayment on top of the cabinets for support and decide on a laminate edge style, whereas a thicker granite stone can rest directly on cabinets.
At Mees, no matter what the thickness, the durability will be the same due to proper installation. Need assistance with granite installation or advice on stone thickness for your home? Give us a call at (502)-969-5858.
Is your granite in need of repair? We discuss DIY advice for granite chips and cracks to keep your countertops looking new. Mees has all the necessary tools to complete minor repair projects and the staff on hand for those times you need a pro.
Granite is a very durable material, but if it happens to chip, a repair is possible taking these DIY steps. First, prep your surface area by taping it off. Then use the same granite aggregate color as the counter stone. Mix the stone powder with clear epoxy to create a paste. Wearing gloves, pat the mixture into the chip. Speed up the curing time with an industrial heat gun which should be pointed six inches aways from the chip. Turn the heat gun on for one minute, and then pat down the paste, repeating multiple times until it is hardened. Make sure the patch is cool and hard before grinding it out.
Whether it’s a hairline crack that occured during installation or a separated crack that is a result of heavy impact, it can be repaired by filling with an acrylic or using a color-matched epoxy to glue the pieces back together. Many times a hairline crack won’t worsen and can be taken care of with a simple sealant. For deeper cracks you’ll want to bring in the pros to help you refinish the countertop and make sure the fix appears even by blending the crack itself with the surrounding surface color and shine.
Looking for granite repair help? Mees specialists have the knowledge, skills, and experience. Call us today at 502-969-5858.
As we’re about to ring in the new year, many are wondering what new patterns and colors will be in for 2018. If you’re a new home buyer or renovating a living space, check out these styling ideas. .
Terrazzo is making a comeback next year, and subway tile is taking a backseat. The versatility of this stone makes it perfect for both floors and walls. Its small grains are a change-up from the colorblock tiles we saw trending earlier this year. (Photo via Apartment Therapy)
Mixing and matching asymmetrical placements of patterned designs and solid tile are sure to be a hit. Never boring, this style will keep any room looking fresh. (Photo via Ideal Home)
Hooray for Hexagons
Multicolored hexagons in addition to the “unfinished” tile look create dimension. This shape has been popular in 2017, and we expect it to be just as popular in 2018, whether the size be small or on the larger side. (Photo via Bathroomist)
From classic subway to on-trend hexagon, tile styles are constantly evolving. This fall, we take a look at three tile trends you may want to consider for your next remodel. .
This year we’re thankful for the “slate split face tiles.” These are natural slate strips of different sizes, staggered together to create a rugged space. Not only is this mosaic great for bathrooms or kitchens, but it’s a popular choice for fireplace renovations. (Photo via Walls & Floors)
A Simple Shape
We’re thankful for diamonds, even the ones without bling. The diamond tile is a simple shape that can be arranged to create many different looks, including the ever popular cube. With the right choice of color, diamond tile creates an illusion of depth in even the smallest of rooms. (Photo via Apartment Diet )
A Blue Hue
This holiday season we’re thankful for baby blue. You can’t go wrong with this classic color for bathrooms or kitchens. It has a soft appeal that’s perfect for relaxing in the tub, and it looks great with another trendy tile shape – the fish scale. ( Photo via Apartment Therapy )
There’s nothing better than having a warm, inviting home. As the weather cools we’ve rounded up four ways you can use tile to create a cozier home..
We all love that beautiful bright white subway tile, but sometimes it can come across a bit cold. Solution: Swap out stark white tile for cream to add a touch of warmth. (Photo via @fireclaytile)
Mother of Pearl
Looking for something unique? Mother of Pearl tile brings in tones of tans, greys and golds, creating a look that’s as inviting as it is luxurious. (Photo via Decor Pad)
Vary Your Tile
Having fun with patterns communicates a sense of warmth all in its own. By avoiding a one-dimensional look you can actually add character to a room. We love the idea of using two different tile shapes to frame out your backsplash. (Photo via BHG)
Tile + Wood Accents
Anytime you incorporate mixed finishes you are bound to get a cozier feel. Combine tile with wood accents whether that’s wooden frames in a living room setting or open shelving in your kitchen. (Photo via Sabbe)
What are your secrets for creating a warm, inviting look with tile? Share them with us on Facebook or in the comments below!
When it comes to a DIY tile project, there’s a whole list of dos and don’ts. Want to avoid those scary mishaps? We’ve rounded up three common mistakes that you can be sure to avoid on your next tile project.
Whether you’re cutting around an outlet or cutting a curve like this, double check your measurements on any project. Measure twice, cut once and you won’t have to worry about wasted tile. (Photo via DIY Network)
Not using spacers while you’re laying tile results in an uneven, messy finish. Add a couple on each side of the tile to keep things level and looking professional in the end. (Photo via Erin Spain)
Once you’ve laid your tile, you’re in the home stretch, but a common mistake that happens at this point is using too much grout. Create a crisp, clean finish by smearing the grout on in a diagonal pattern, squeegee off the excess, and then use a damp sponge to remove any leftovers. (Photo via Love Grows Wild)
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Over the years stone, especially granite, has become a staple in the kitchen. Why? Because it’s equally as durable as it is beautiful. Take your stone countertops to the next level by pairing them with showstopping tile. See below for some of our favorite inspiration.
Cool + Modern
Love the look of gray and white granite? Pairing it with a sleek glass tile gives your home a modern feel. Finish off the look with stainless steel appliances and silver hardware to continue the cool tones throughout your kitchen. (Photo via@artisansignaturehomes)
Warm + Homey
A warm, cream granite with flecks of earth tones pairs well with white cabinets. Add a brick backsplash, or a tile that mimics brick, to bring the outdoors in. (Photo via @driggers_reed_construction)
Unique + Elegant
A rich classic black and white quartzite countertop paired with a uniquely tiled backsplash adds a sense of modern elegance. We love this mix of herringbone and subway tile as it’s both subtle and eye-catching. (Photo via @homebunch)
Muted + Patterned
If you have your heart set on a patterned tile backsplash, install a muted quartzite like this option. The subtle gray tones pair nicely with the more busy black and white tile. (Photo via @homebunch)
What are your favorite stone and tile combinations in the kitchen? Share them with us on Facebook or in the comments below!
The list of why you should add granite to your home is endless – stain resistant, fade-resistant, and hassle-free to name a few. If you’re thinking about granite in your home, here are four areas to consider.
Having granite countertops in the kitchen is a no-brainer. Not only can you sit hot pots on them, but once you seal them, they’re stain-resistant. This means you don’t have to worry when the tomato sauce splashes or your little one spills juice. (Photo via Houzz)
Mini Wet Bar
A wine fridge and few cabinets are all it takes to turn an empty wall into a mini wet bar. Add a small slab of granite and your wine bar turns elegant instantly. It doesn’t hurt that granite can usually withstand wine spills. (Photo via Home Stratosphere)
Wooden desks get scraped and scratched, and don’t forget about the ring left by your morning cup of joe. Swap out wood for granite for a low-maintenance, but beautiful desk. (Photo via Atkinson Drive)
From toothpaste remnance to makeup spills, bathroom countertops see their fair share of messes. Solution: Add granite countertops to keep your bathroom in tip-top condition. (Photo via Decor Crave)
Tell us how you use granite in your home in the comments below. For even more granite inspiration, check out our Facebook page.
Floors can add that unexpected design element that ties a room together. From large format tiles that create a clean classic look to a herringbone pattern that brings the wow factor, we take a look at the latest in tile floor patterns below.
It’s no secret we’re big fans of the herringbone tile pattern. Instead of laying your traditional rectangular tiles in a staggered format, try this herringbone pattern for modern angle to your laundry room design. (Photo via Refined)
Love the minimalist look? Go for oversized diamond tiles like these that provide clean lines in your bathroom. Don’t be afraid to pair them with varying tile patterns like these white subway tile walls. (Photo via Designed for Life)
Striped Penny Floor
If you’re looking for a way to add a little fun to your design plan, consider black and white penny tiles in a striped pattern. While you may not want to tile your entire kitchen like this, it’s perfect for a jack-and-jill bathroom between the kids’ rooms. (Photo via Lindsey Herod Interiors)
These days, fish scale tiles are all the rage. They’re a playful way to add dimension to your room and are unique enough to create a stand out design. (Photo via Style by Emily Henderson)
Black, white and gray tiles are all you need to create a classic gingham pattern in your house. Used sparingly it can create an eye-catching design. (Photo via The Lettered Cottage)