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.
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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Adding creative tile patterns to your space in equal parts is decorative and durable. If you’re looking for a way to bring art into your home with tile, we’ve highlighted four options below.
A few shades of subway tile and a little bit of patience is all it takes to achieve this showstopping backsplash. The V-shaped pattern makes your backsplash the focal point of the kitchen, while the subway tile keeps it looking classic and timeless. (Photo via Design Milk)
Not ready to give up on the chevron pattern? Neither are we. Stack rectangular tiles in this pattern to create height and dimension, and also bring a little fun to your kitchen or bathroom. (Photo via Design Milk)
If uniform isn’t your style, try incorporating scattered colored tiles throughout a white diamond pattern to add a geometric modern look to your space. (Photo via Amara)
When the right shades hit the right shapes you’ll create an eye-catching 3-D effect that brings depth to your space. Stick with neutral colors like gray hues to keep it clean and modern. (Photo via Domino)
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