Rock Tops Granite, Ann Arbor, MI, Releases Report to Consumers about Granite Countertops and Other Options

Macomb, MI (PressExposure) November 04, 2008 -- Charlie Thiede, owner of Rock Tops Granite, recently agreed to a series of interviews. During one of these interviews, he discussed home remodeling projects and he explained that kitchens and bathrooms are not only the most expensive, but they offer the highest return on one’s investment. He said, “Your countertop is one of the most noticeable features in your kitchen; it’s also one of the most used and abused surfaces in your home. This is why the choice of material used for your kitchen countertop is very important. There are many types of materials, colors and designs to consider.” Rock Tops Granite specializes in the fabrication and installation of marble and granite countertops. As he was handing out copies of a report that he wrote, he said, “Granite and Marble are, in my opinion, the highest quality surfaces that one can choose for a countertop; however, in all fairness, I will say this choice is not for everyone and there are other options.” Following are the twelve choices of countertop material that were in Thiede’s report: Granite is by far the most popular and one of the highest quality countertop materials available today. The natural stone material is strong, durable, heat tolerant, stain resistant and a very elegant addition to your kitchen. With a wide variety of colors and styles no two slabs will be exactly alike, so you can be assured your granite countertop will be one of a kind. There are a variety of techniques to use for finishing for a matt, rough, or very smooth and glossy look. The cost is high, but so is the quality. You can lower the cost by selecting granite tiles instead of a slab, but you will sacrifice looks, strength and durability offered by a complete slab. Granite is easy to maintain with sealers and cleaners specifically designed for use on granite. Marble is also a very popular, high quality material that comes in a wide variety of color choices, and is available in slab form or various size tiles. There are also several finish techniques available for marble; smooth polished for countertops or a rougher finish for floor tiles to minimize slip and falls. Marble is also heat and stain resistant, but not as resistant as granite. Like granite, it is easy to maintain with cleaners and sealers specifically designed for use on marble surfaces. Soapstone is a softer material, easy to work with, and its texture feels kind of like a bar of soap when you run your fingers across it. It is very strong and durable, easy to clean and maintain and less expensive than granite or marble. With soapstone, you are limited to a matt finish in either gray or black. Limestone is available in various kinds; some are too porous to be suitable for a kitchen countertop. It will require more frequent sealing to maintain the surface to prevent staining. Slate is generally used for floors but could serve as a natural stone countertop. It is not as desirable because it can be very porous and rough in texture. Ceramic tile, like slate, is more suitable for floors but has been used as a countertop. The grout joints tend to stain easily and the tiles could chip or crack when heavy pans are set on or slid across them. Stainless Steel is an interesting choice, but plain and limited in color and texture. It looks OK in restaurants, but most people prefer a little more creativity and design for their kitchen. Concrete is popular in some areas, available in soft colors, strong and durable, but it is too porous to be stain resistant. Corian is a plastic slab material that looks like a natural stone, but is losing favor because it just doesn’t hold up to the rigorous use of a kitchen countertop. It is easy to clean, but not as durable or scratch resistant. Engineered Stone, like silestone, is a slab material made of stone pieces held together by plastic. It is similar to corian and the stone chips give it a more natural look. Formica is a plastic laminate that is affordable and comes in a wide variety of colors and designs. In earlier generations, it was the popular choice for builders and housewives, but has become outdated. Glass is gaining in popularity as a slab type of countertop. Slabs are made of glass chips bound by plastic. EnviroSlab is an example. Another example is Icestone, a colorful countertop with ice chips bound in concrete. As the interview was concluded, Charlie said, “Remember, nothing outdates your home more than an old countertop, except the ugly green or gold appliances from the 60’s; remember those? A new countertop can be an elegant, beautiful upgrade to your kitchen, adding immediate value to your home. When considering your choice of material, don’t forget about style and durability as well as how much your budget allows. You get what you pay for, so be sure to give this a lot of thought before choosing your countertop material. This is not something that is changed as easily or as often as paint and carpet; it is meant to be a part of your home for a long time.” Rock Tops Granite specializes in fabricating and installing granite and marble countertops. They have installed over 10,000 countertops in 2008 and are expanding their business and plan to open several new locations in the US during the next couple years. Their use of modern technology combined with old world stone craftsmanship is what sets them apart from other granite and marble fabricating companies. Charlie encourages people to visit a showroom to see over 400 full slabs of granite and other products available and to learn more about the technology of cutting and polishing the stone to perfection. Visit to learn more and to locate a showroom in your area. Contact: Charlie Thiede 17411 23 Mile Road Macomb, MI 48042 Phone: 586-263-6621 Toll Free: 1-877-ROCKTOP This press release was submitted by Right Now Marketing Group, LLC

About Rock Tops Granite

Rock Tops Granite's goal is to artfully merge the latest technology and old world stone

craftsmanship in creating quality products, professionally installed. At Rock Tops we have a huge

selection of full slabs. Many of our customers have described the viewing of the stone in our

showroom "like going to a fine art gallery." So if you're ready for the most perfect countertops

at the best possible price, or if you simply enjoy looking at beautiful things, stop by Rock Tops

brand new showroom and manufacturing facility.

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