Top 8 Benefits of Quartz Countertops

Top 8 Benefits Of Quartz Countertops

Are you interested in installing new stone countertops in your kitchen, your bathroom, or another area of your home? If so, there are a bunch of different stone countertop options for you to choose from. Granite, for example, has become one of the most popular stone countertop types in recent years. Marble and soapstone are […]

Ways to Prepare for Installing Kitchen Countertops

Ways To Prepare For Installing Kitchen Countertops

The first part of preparing your countertops for a new installation or replacement is to communicate with the contractors who will be working on it. It’s courteous to ask if it would make their job easier if you did a certain amount of preparation beforehand. In most cases, the best thing you can do is […]

What to Look for When Hiring a Countertop Fabricators

What To Look For When Hiring A Countertop Fabricators

You know that the right countertops can completely elevate the look of a room and help you to express your personality in the process. But especially if you’re a designer or just someone who loves to think outside of the box? You might prefer to have your own countertops made especially for you. For this, […]

What to Look for in the Best Granite Countertops

What To Look For In The Best Granite Countertops

Have you always wanted to be the host who has an impressive home decor to wow guests with? The homeowner who makes their clean, beautiful living space look effortless? With granite countertops, you can do just that. Using granite in your kitchen creates an unparalleled sense of elegance and class. Granite works beautifully in many […]

How to Calculate the Cost of Your Quartz Countertops

How To Calculate The Cost Of Your Quartz Countertops

Getting ready to make a detailed kitchen renovation and thinking of installing a quartz countertop? Quartz is definitely a good choice. It’s simple to maintain and doesn’t get damaged easily. Unfortunately, it may cost a bit more than you expect. But it all depends on where you look. This guide will teach you how to […]

How to Pick Countertops for Your Backyard Kitchen

How To Pick Countertops For Your Backyard Kitchen

A backyard kitchen makes an ultimate entertaining space if you enjoy entertaining outdoors. Who doesn’t! And when you live in sunny Orlando, Tampa Bay or Sarasota, you can use your outdoor space all year round! If your backyard cooking space is a little bare or you’re ready for an outdoor kitchen makeover, choosing the right […]

6 Bathroom Trends to Watch in 2018

6 Bathroom Trends To Watch In 2018

Are you tired of staring at the same old musty bathroom day after day? If your answer is yes, you might want to consider a remodel. To help you out with your brand new bathroom, here are 10 great bathroom trends for you to watch out for in 2018. Catagories of Bathroom Trends There are […]

5 Reasons to Choose a Stone Countertop

5 Reasons To Choose A Stone Countertop

Are you thinking about redoing your kitchen, but are only interested in upgrading a single element in the room? Are you frustrated with the amount of time you spend constantly scrubbing your countertops, only to find that those stains just seem to be more set in than ever before? Are you interested in replacing your […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Choose Granite Kitchen Worktops

6 Reasons Why You Should Choose Granite Kitchen Worktops

One of the best rooms in any house is the kitchen. This is where families come together as they prepare big meals or just a simple snack. A kitchen is a place of creative expression as well as an environment in which to teach your children discipline and how to self-sustain themselves. As such, this […]

How to Pick Your Cambria Quartz Colors

How To Pick Your Cambria Quartz Colors

Switching up the style of your home is sometimes as simple as getting a new rug or rearranging the furniture you already have. Other times, it’s a bit of a bigger project – like replacing your kitchen countertops. The countertops are an essential part of your kitchen. This is where you prepare and plate all […]

6 Tips for Getting New Countertops Installed

6 Tips For Getting New Countertops Installed

Whether or not you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, changes to your kitchen will retain 80% of their value upon resale. As far as investments go, it’s one of the most practical changes you can make to your home. Getting new countertops installed as part of your kitchen remodeling project will […]

Guide: Granite Countertop Prices

Guide: Granite Countertop Prices

Not all granite is created equal. First of all, there are dozens of different types of granite. Secondly, granite is a mixture of different minerals, by definition. That’s why there can be such a wide discrepancy in granite countertop prices. Granite can come in a wide variety of colors. Different minerals come in different shades. […]

Cheap Countertops: The Good, The Bad, The Seriously Ugly

Cheap Countertops: The Good, The Bad, The Seriously Ugly

What if you could make your kitchen dazzle without breaking the bank? That’s the goal of all homeowners. And the best way to make your kitchen stand out is with brand new countertops. However, it often seems like the best countertops cost way too much money. This may leave you curious if you can have […]

8 Backsplash Trends to Inspire Your Kitchen Remodel

8 Backsplash Trends To Inspire Your Kitchen Remodel

Are you ready to remodel your kitchen? Maybe you’re building a new home and need inspiration. Whatever the reason, kitchens have come a long way. Today’s kitchens reflect the homeowner’s style and can be as traditional or contemporary as you desire. From cabinetry, appliances, countertops, flooring and backsplashes, you can create your dream kitchen. One […]

Functional Design: A Guide to Choosing Beautiful Countertops that Last

Functional Design: A Guide To Choosing Beautiful Countertops That Last

Are you looking for kitchen countertops that will stand the test of time? According to Home Advisor, the average cost spent on a kitchen remodel is $21,930. In the Tampa Bay area, the average cost is $13,661. But these remodels can cost tens of thousands of dollars more, depending on the extent of the changes […]

5 Countertop Ideas for Your Minimalist Kitchen Design

5 Countertop Ideas For Your Minimalist Kitchen Design

The kitchen is one of the most stressful areas of your home. Every day, you struggle to get the cooking and cleaning done before the day ends. A minimalist kitchen design would help ease the anxiety that even thinking about your kitchen causes. To understand minimalism in kitchen design, we must first understand minimalism itself. […]

The 6 Benefits of Quartz Countertops You Need to Know

The 6 Benefits Of Quartz Countertops You Need To Know

While most people might immediately think of granite countertops for their home design, quartz is becoming an increasingly more popular choice. In fact, the popularity of quartz countertops has increased in recent years, with sales going up by 60% in the early 2000s. But why is quartz becoming so much more popular for homeowners and […]

Granite and Marble: Similarities and Differences You Need to Know

Granite And Marble: Similarities And Differences You Need To Know

Are you trying to decide between granite or marble countertops? The choice can definitely be a tough one. On the other hand, a lot of people don’t see much of a difference between granite and marble and tend to go with what looks good. There are actually a lot of surprising similarities and differences between […]

6 Tips for the Choosing The Perfect Granite Slab

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A granite slab provides the perfect mix of beauty, durability, and strength your kitchen countertop. Granite is nearly hard as diamond. The countertop manufacturing space in the U.S. grew by 7.4 percent from 2011 to 2016. The industry’s 2016 revenue stood at $2 billion. Granite slabs embody all the essential qualities a kitchen countertop needs; […]

What is Cambria Quartz Countertops?

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Cambria is a manufacturer of a brand of quartz countertops named “Cambria” also know as Cambria Quartz. Cambria is the only American made quartz countertop. Like most quartz countertop brands, Cambria Countertops consist of 93% natural quartz stone and 7% resins. Quartz Countertops are also referred to as engineered stone and require no maintenance, even […]

Beyond Granite: Kitchen Countertop Materials You Need to Consider

Beyond Granite: Kitchen Countertop Materials You Need To Consider

Are you in search of the perfect kitchen countertop for your humble abode? It is next to impossible to decide what material to choose based on your style of needs, as there are hundreds of different options. Additionally, granite is almost always to easiest choice in terms of a kitchen countertop, but there are actually […]

Top 5 Most Important Facts About Quartz Countertops

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Quartz Countertops have become very popular among homeowners who are looking for a change in their kitchens. Replacing your outdated countertops with Quartz can turn an average kitchen into a stunning one, but is it right for your home? Here’s the top 5 Facts about Quartz Countertops so you can make an informed decision before […]

Do Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Add Value to Your Home?

Do Kitchen And Bath Remodeling Add Value To Your Home?

Did you know that kitchen and bath remodeling often returns the cost at more than 100%? If you’re wondering whether a kitchen and bath remodel is the right choice for your home, the answer is a solid yes. In fact, kitchen and bath remodeling is one of the best ways to remodel your home. These […]

Turning Outdated Kitchens into Magazine Worthy Custom Kitchens (On a Budget!)

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Do you ever find yourself staring at your kitchen hoping you could make it look a bit more modern? Is the linoleum countertop just not doing it for you anymore? Well, don’t fret. Most homeowners shy away from updating their kitchens because of the financial burden commonly associated with custom renovations. However, custom kitchens don’t […]

From Countertops to Kitchen Cabinet Doors, Important Changes to Consider in a Kitchen Remodel

From Countertops To Kitchen Cabinet Doors, Important Changes To Consider In A Kitchen Remodel

There are key areas of your home you can improve to increase your property value, and the kitchen is one of them.  In fact, it’s probably the most renovated part of the household for most homeowners. About 79% of home remodels are done to the kitchen, which goes to show its popularity. But what type […]

Important Details to Consider When Choosing Granite Tops for Your Kitchen

Important Details To Consider When Choosing Granite Tops For Your Kitchen

After years of marble being the top choice for kitchen counters, granite tops are becoming the material pros and families are choosing. Given that its more durable and won’t scratch, its a smart choice whether you’re remodeling or building your house. Perhaps you’re still choosing between materials for your kitchen. There are a lot of […]

The 5 Best Qualities of White Granite and Other Stone Countertops

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Countertops made from white granite and other natural stones are a great investment for any home. In fact, 55 percent of home buyers who purchased a home without granite countertops stated that they would pay extra for them. it’s no surprise then that granite and other stones such as marble and quartzite are popular choices […]

So Many Choices, So Many Prices: Why Does Granite Stone Vary in Price?

So Many Choices, So Many Prices: Why Does Granite Stone Vary In Price?

Granite is a readily-available, durable material. That makes it an outstanding choice for kitchen countertops, as they take a lot of daily abuse in most homes. The conditions that let granite stone form also ensure that every piece of granite is unique. If you get a granite countertop installed, no one else will ever have […]

Preparing For Your Countertop Template Date

Preparing For Your Template Date

You’ve Placed Your Countertop Order, Now What? Once your Project Manager has all your documentation, they will call you to review your choices and information, as well as setting a Template Measuring Date.  Templating can only be done during business hours, and cannot be scheduled on the weekend. To Prepare for your Template: Unplug and […]

IGS Countertop Installation Warranty

Igs Installation Warranty

Natural Stone Products (Granite, Marble, Quartzite) All Granite, Marble and Quartzite Countertops are made from natural stone that has been quarried from mountains all over the world. As a natural product, they are prone to variations in color, pattern, and density that actually add to the beauty and charm of the material. While Granite is a hard […]

The Countertop Template Process

The Template Process

Digital Countertop Templating: What to Expect Nowadays, we use Highly Advanced Laser Templating Systems. Your Templator will arrive in a Licensed International Granite and Stone Vehicle on the day of your Template Appointment.  From there, they set up a tripod with the laser device attached on top in your kitchen or bathroom.  The laser then […]

Digital Countertop Slab Layout

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What is Digital Countertop Slab Layout? Digital Countertop Slab Layout is an optional, but important design service we offer here at International Granite and Stone.  For an additional fee, we can hand-select the parts of the slabs to use and lay it all out for you to review.  How does it Work? International Granite and […]

The Verification Process

The Verification Process

What exactly is the Verification Process? Verification occurs after your template is completed.  Your Project Manager needs to verify your drawings with the CAD team and with you. Your Template is then sent to you through a DocuSign, for you to review, accept and sign.  You’ll get to review your seam layout, backsplash height, and […]

Average Countertop Project Time

How Long Does A Countertop Project Take?

Average Project Turnaround Time After you have consulted with your Design Specialist, selected your Material, Edge, and Backsplash, your project is therefore ready to make its way down the pipeline. One to two business days after collection of payment, your Project Manager will schedule your Template Measuring Date.  Template Completion can be expected by the end […]

Chips, Cracks, and Blemishes in Natural Stone

Chips, Cracks, And Blemishes In Natural Stone

What to Expect from your Natural Stone When purchasing Natural Stone for your countertops, there will always be some imperfections that are unavoidable that are just part of the stone’s makeup.  This is a big reason why people like to hand-select the slabs before they are cut and installed, most people like to make sure […]

Meet Your Countertop Project Manager

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If there’s Something Strange, with your Countertops… Who ya gonna call?  Your Project Manager!   After your In-Home Appointment and collection of your deposit, your Design Consultant will hand off your contract, price options, discount sheet, kitchen and bath package, edge selection, and drawing to your Project Manager.  The information then gets entered into our […]

Got a Small Countertop Project? We Can Help!

Got A Small Project? We Can Help!

Are you looking to add a little bit of stone, to a little part of your home? Not only do we do Kitchens and Bathrooms, but we also offer assistance with smaller jobs that might not constitute ordering a full slab. At International Granite and Stone, we only sell you what you need, we don’t make […]

Sealing Your Countertops

Sealing Your Countertops

Protecting your Countertop Investment When purchasing Natural Stone Countertops, you want your investment to last a lifetime. Natural Stone, although from tough in nature, is susceptible to dulling and scratching if not properly taken care of as Countertop Material. The best way to ensure that your countertops remain as gorgeous as the day you bought […]

How to Keep your Countertops Clean

How To Keep Your Surfaces Clean

Cleaning your countertops correctly is the only way to ensure that your investment will last a lifetime.  We want your countertops to sparkle and shine for life.  When it comes to cleaning your stone countertops, it’s important to remember that certain products can wear down the sealant on your counters, making them more susceptible to […]

Preparing for your Countertop Appointment: Things to Keep in Mind

Preparing For Your Appointment: Things To Keep In Mind

We center our In-Home Design Consultation around you and your specific project needs.  With that in mind, keep some questions in the back of your head to ask your Design Consultant during the appointment. Before your appointment, We recommend lightly cleaning and clearing your countertops so your consultant can accurately inspect and measure your space.  Make […]

Selecting your Countertop Edge

Selecting Your Countertop Edge

You’ve picked your material, now what?  Time to pick out an edge for your countertops! Countertop Edges serve an important aesthetic purpose.  Edging can polish off your countertops and give your kitchen or bathroom that oompf you’re looking for.  First, choose your thickness, 3 CM or 6 CM.  3 CM is the standard width, with […]

Choosing Your Countertop Material

Choosing Your Material

Choosing your Material Many factors come to mind thinking about doing your countertops: Are you looking for a light or dark look?  Or do you want something with movement?  Or something subtle?  Do you want your countertops to be smooth? Textured? Matte?  Should you match your Island to the Countertops, or do something different and complementary?  […]

Booking a Countertop Appointment: The Ins and Outs

Setting Up An Appointment: The Ins And Outs

At International Granite and Stone, we want you to love your kitchen and bathrooms for years to come.  Customer Satisfaction is our goal, we have over 15 years of experience in Countertop Fabrication and Installation, as well as being an A+ BBB Accredited Business. Book an appointment today and we’ll send one of our Design Specialists […]

Our Countertop Manufacturing Process

Our Manufacturing Process

Manufacturing your Countertops At International Granite and Stone, we use the most advanced manufacturing machines and processes on the market. Why are these machines so important? Without them, all manufacturing would have to be done manually by hand. Doing it by hand would be a slow and tedious process, which would require more labor.  The […]

The Difference between Quartz & Quartzite

The Difference Between Quartz & Quartzite

Quartz vs. Quartzite What’s the difference between the two? Quartz and Quartzite are two similar countertops materials that have grown vastly in popularity over the past 10 years. Granite, which once was the go-to material for countertops, is slowly being phased out for the low maintenance of quartz and the beauty of quartzite. “Are they […]

BUYING COUNTERTOPS

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The Problem BUYING COUNTERTOPS Durable Granite or Quartz Countertops have become a need in today’s efficient home. Heres the traditional options to buying countertops. Big Box Stores: Great concept until you need help. The help you do find has no experience in our industry and you get little to no guidance on what it actually takes […]