New Exclusive Colors…



We just got a couple new granite colors for our Exclusive color selection that I wanted to share. One is Luisa Blue, which is quarried in Italy, and the other is Chocolate Bordeaux, which is quarried in Brazil.

Luisa Blue

If you are looking for something unique, you might want to take a look at Luisa Blue. This color contains shades of blue, red, white, etc., and provides a lot of variety and flow. It is also quite festive, and arrived just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

Chocolate Bordeaux

If you like earthy, neutral tones, you might want to check out our slabs of  Chocoloate Bordeaux. This color contains warm brown, beige, and cream colors throughout. It also has some movement with areas of quartz that give the stone depth.

If you are looking at doing some remodeling that includes adding some countertops, make sure you stop by our showroom and check out our selections.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on June 30th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Spotlight On Finish



When it comes to granite countertops, there are a number of finish options. A polished finish is by far the most popular with its reflective, mirror gloss appearance and offers the best rating in regards to staining and scratching factors. A honed finish offers a matte look, that has more of a dull appearance and is non-reflective in nature. It is also fairly popular, especially after a Parade Home, or Remodelers Showcase, when consumers may have seen some kitchens installed with the product. The honing process does make the material more susceptible to staining and scratching. There are also a number of textured finishes including a brushed finish, leather finish, and antique finish. As far as a definition of the textured finishes, there really is no gospel, as each manufacturer uses the terms a little differently and the process may vary slightly. It is my understanding that a brushed finish is the least textured. A leathered finish and antique finish are often used interchangeably and the term usually depends on the manufacturer. As for the manufacturing process, it is my understanding that a leathered finish starts with a honed slab and then carbide, or diamond brushes are added to the process, which creates the texture. Some consumers are attracted to textured finishes because they provides a different look, and can sometimes make water spots less noticeable.

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Barb

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Posted in Granite on June 28th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Natural Stone Countertops—Spotlight On Rodding



When it comes to granite and other natual stones, there are literally hundreds of colors to choose from, each with its own unique mineral composition. While the mineral compostion makes each color stand out, it also determines the stones structure. Most natural stones are very hard, and durable, there are however,  a few that are considered be more fragile. When a customer selects a more fragile stone, more care must be taken during the fabrication and installation process, to insure breaking is prevented. At PGC, one step we use to prevent breakage of fragile stones is “rodding.” The rodding process involves creating a groove in the bottom of the stone and inserting a rod. Let’s take a look…

Botticino Fiorito Marble showing “rodding”

Botticino Fiorito Marble showing “rodding”

Botticino Fiorito Marble

The rodding process offers additional support for transportation and the installation process.

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Barb

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Posted in Marble, Natural Stone, Uncategorized on June 25th, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Learning Links—Home Designs And Home Improvement…



I recently came across a  few websites that had some interesting home design ideas and home improvement tips that I wanted to pass along. In our showroom, we get a lot of questions related to kitchen designs and trends. We also get quite a number of customers these days, that are doing their remodeling projects themselves, so I thought the information might be useful and informative.

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Barb

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Posted in Learning Links, Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Measure 101…



At PGC, when it comes to measuring, we are very particular and like to get it right, so there are no mistakes during fabricating, or the installation process.

To help us insure we get it right the first time, we require all cabinets to be set in place, before a measure can take place. We also require all sink and faucet information (specs), so our measuring tech knows where to drill holes for your faucet in relation to the sink, and the distance between each hole. We also prefer that sinks and other plumbing fixtures be on-site at the time of measure for verification purposes.

We use PhotoTop, a Digital Imaging/CAD program, for measuring that can be used to create both 2D and 3D custom countertops drawings.

Following are a few photos of the measuring process I wanted to share:

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Barb

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Posted in Company, Granite on June 21st, 2011 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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