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Q: Should I seal my natural stone?
I strongly recommend that you seal all of your natural stone to provide maximum stain protection. Select a high quality penetrating/impregnating sealer. These sealers will provide a natural, no-sheen look and are good for interior and exterior use.

Q: Should I seal my grout?
Sealing your grout with a penetrating/impregnating grout sealer will help prevent moisture absorption that can cause stains. Sealing your grout will also make your regular cleanings easier. Grout sealer will need to be reapplied so check the manufacturer’s specific directions.

Q: What is the difference between sanded and unsanded grout?
Sanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width equal to or greater than 1/8 of an inch. Unsanded grout is used on tile with a grout joint width less than 1/8 of an inch and is recommended for use with polished natural stone products due to the narrow grout joints customarily preferred.

Q: Are kitchen appliances standard sizes?
Yes, 98% of the time, but to ensure there are no surprises refer to manufacturer installation specifications for required openings and cut-out sizes.

Q: Is it better to have an elaborately designed kitchen or a more simply designed one?
It’s all a matter of taste. Simple designs are just as aesthetically pleasing as the more elaborately detailed kitchens. Functional use by family members, maintenance of the kitchen and budget are key considerations when planning the design.

Q: What is the advantage of using stainless steel in the kitchen?
Stainless steel is 100% non-porous and does not transmit bacteria. If located inside a dishwasher, it’s a better sound insulator than plastic.

Q: Is there a major difference in material and cost of the various solid surface countertop companies?
There are differences in the formulation of the materials and their compositions. Some solid surfaces are 100% man-made and some are blended with natural quartz and stones. Prices vary but are pretty consistent and typically include installation. Once you select the countertop material which complements the design and style of your kitchen, be sure to ask about maintenance and warranty of the product.

Q: Can I cut on my granite countertops?
Granite is the hardest material used in commercial and residential applications but I recommend always using a cutting board.

Q: Can I use marble on my kitchen countertops?
Although marble has a beautiful look, I would only recommend marble on a kitchen countertop if it was used in a small quantity for rolling out dough for baking. Marble is a very soft stone and will stain easily. Better applications for marble would be fireplace surrounds, walls, flooring or in bathrooms on shower/tub and vanities.

Q: What type of paint is best for kitchen walls?
The most important type of paint to use is a good quality paint. If you foresee a need to scrub the walls, an eggshell paint should be used. A semi gloss paint can be used, but shows more imperfections in the walls than an eggshell paint that will usually be sufficient for kitchen needs.

Q: What countertops are most resistant to salmonella and other germs?
A non porous countertop like quartz is going to be most resistant to germs and bacteria.

Q: What is the most durable kitchen sink?
An 18 gauge stainless steel sink is going to be the most durable. Cast iron sinks that seem very sturdy can chip.

Q: Can a vessel sink be used in the kitchen?
Yes, but keep in mind that the drain is much smaller so it may not accommodate the kitchen's waste water of a typical sink.

Q: Do granite countertops have to be sealed?
Yes. Granite can be permanently stained by cooking oils and grease, can be etched by the acids in such common household products as hairspray and other toiletries.

Q: Can hot pots be placed directly on granite or quartz countertops?
No. Granite countertops should be sealed and hot pots will burn the protective sealer on the countertops. Though the quartz surface can briefly tolerate moderate temperatures for a brief time, it too can be damaged by high heat and prolonged exposure to heat. Use a hot pad or trivet when placing a hot pan on either surface.

Q: Which type of cooktop (electric or gas) is most efficient?
Electric smoothtop cooktops are more energy efficient than gas.

Q: Are there any types of stainless refrigerators that don’t show finger prints?
Yes. Certain manufacturers offer a stainless looking finish that does not show fingerprints. This finish is made of vinyl coated metal.

Q: Is it best to choose items for a kitchen that are all neutral for resale purposes?
Kitchens that are all “beige” or all neutral can lack depth and character. Most buyers appreciate a well designed, color balanced kitchen with many different shades and textures. However, choosing strong colors like blue or red can be less desirable to some buyers.

Q: Why is cabinet hardware needed?
Fingerprints and the oil in your hands can damage the protective finish on cabinets leaving a discolored sheen in the areas with heavy use.

Q: Why are backsplashes important?
Backsplashes are not just for decorative purposes. They also protect the walls from grease that can stain drywall and painted finishes.

Q: Can laminate countertops be repaired if scratched?
No. Laminate is a strong material, but it can be cut with a knife. Knife cuts can go through the color layer, exposing the brown underlayment. These types of cuts cannot be repaired. Use cutting boards when cutting.

Q: What are the most important questions to ask before beginning a kitchen remodel?
Do you have enough space? Are you happy with the traffic flow? Is your kitchen efficient? Are there children in the home? Are you happy with the current location and design of your kitchen?

Q: What is universal design?
Design that breaks the traditional mold and is accessible, flexible and adaptable to more people rather than an idealized, able bodied, non-elderly adult.

Q: Should I consider hiring a kitchen designer?
Before spending your hard earned money, consider that a professional knows all of the technical aspects that the average consumer doesn’t know.


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