Finish Options for your Granite Counters

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Granite has been the number one natural stone choice among homeowners and builders for years. It’s beauty and durability are just some of the reasons for its popularity. When you think about granite counters, you likely envision a shiny, smooth stone. The polished look has been the most popular countertop finish choice for years, and is still the most utilized today. As homeowners have started looking for more unique options, changing up the appearance of granite with different finishing techniques has become more fashionable.


Polished granite countertops are probably what you think of when you think of granite. To achieve this look the stone is buffed to the highest possible level. The glossy, highly-reflective surface draws attention to the stone and perfectly displays the flecks, veining, and other desirable characteristics that make each slab one of a kind. A polished finish can also work as a stain repellant, making it a great option for a kitchen prep/work space.

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If you love the look of granite but aren’t a fan of the super shiny style, a honed finish might be exactly what you’re looking for. A honed finish is still extremely smooth, but has a decidedly more matte appearance. Natural imperfections may be more noticeable with this finish, and it is definitely more susceptible to watermarks and fingerprints than the traditional polished look.

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An example of honed versus polished finishes on the same slab for comparison sake.
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Similar to the honed finish, leathered stone isn’t glossy or reflective. But this is where the similarities stop. Unlike polished and honed countertops, the leathering process results in a surface riddled with fissures and has a pitted feel, like a fine piece of leather. For this reason, leathering may not be the best option for a busy cook’s kitchen, as it can be slightly more difficult to truly deep clean. Because every stone is unique, the leathering will appear more pronounced on some slabs than others.

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A flamed finish is created by firing an intense heat at the granite, causing the stone to burst and change color. The process results in a rougher, textured finish with a faded, more natural seeming appearance. Flamed granite works best in damper areas, where slip-resistance is an important factor. Because of how well-suited this finish is in exterior, uncovered areas, flamed granite is extremely popular for outdoor kitchens.  Don’t feel confined by this if you really love this look,  it can be used functionally in almost any room in your home.

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Prestige Marble & Granite is happy to answer any questions you may have about different counter finishes, and what will work best for your personal style and needs. We are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!




Prepping for Your New Countertops!

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You’ve picked out your new countertops and are already envisioning your dream kitchen come to life. You’ve met with the contractors and your installation is scheduled. What now? While certain aspects of install prep fall on the installation crew, there are some things you can do to ensure your counter install goes as smoothly as possible before they even arrive.

Is Everything Where You Want It?

Once your space has been measured and a template cut, changes can be extremely costly and will obviously take additional time to correct for. Make sure your appliances, outlets, and sink are all where you want them to be in the space when your contractor comes to initially take measurements. If you’re purchasing a sink from a separate source, make sure you have that available as well.

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Is the Rest of Your Home Ready?

This isn’t an issue in new builds, but if you are replacing existing counters you want to make sure they are completely free of stuff when installers come to take measurements. And for the day of the install, make sure there is a clear path from where your granite will come in to home and where it’s going. This doesn’t just mean furniture. Rugs, wall hangings, etc. should all be removed. In a renovation, it’s also important to make sure the openings from the kitchen are properly sealed off from the rest of the home to keep dust and debris in.

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Have You Scheduled Other Necessary Professionals?

The majority of installers don’t have licensed plumbers or electricians as part of their crew. So while they will install your sink, they will not be able to actually hook up the plumbing. As such, you will need to coordinate schedules with the professionals who can perform these jobs. It may require extra organization on your part, but in the end will be totally worth it when you’re not having to wait to use your beautiful new kitchen!

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Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!


Tips for Choosing the Right Fabricator

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Countertop choice is a huge part of any home design or renovation process. Homeowners spend a lot of time deciding exactly which slab makes the perfect statement for their space.  Equally, if not even more important than choosing the right slab, is choosing the right fabricator. How is this possible?

The right fabricator will be able to help you choose the right material and slab for your needs. They will be able to explain proper maintenance to insure your counters stay beautiful. While this seems like an obvious part of the job, many fabricators simply don’t take the time or have the knowledge. Founded by Aaron Cook, Prestige Marble & Granite has over 15 years experience in fabricating the highest quality natural stone countertops, earning the company a fabulous reputation as the premier marble and granite business in the region.


There are several different things to consider when choosing your fabricator, some more obvious than others. Here are some important questions to ask to ensure you are completely happy with your final choice, and ultimately your countertops!

What kind of Certifications does the fabricator have?

An established and professional fabricator will be certified. It’s as simple as that. Fabrication and installation certification programs establish industry-wide standards for training and provide measurable proof of knowledge about both the process and products. Prestige Marble & Granite is a member of the Marble Institute of America, which is an instrumental force in setting the standards of quality for stone fabrication and installation. Prestige is also a member of the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee and the Stone Fabricators Alliance.


What options do they offer?

Countertops today are made from a wide range of different materials. Are you looking for something that will need to stand up to daily use or are you more interested in creating a specific look? An ideal fabricator will be able to help you choose the best option for your usage, budget, and aesthetic desire.  They will be experienced with multiple materials and offers a wide array of choices: granite, marble, quartz, etc. Also, it’s important to be aware of the fact that no two pieces of stone are exactly the same. For that reason its important to find out if you will be able to choose your actual slab, or have to make your decision based on a small sample.

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What kind of equipment do they use? And do they have in-house installation teams?

Top professional fabricators throughout the U.S. use the latest in digital stone cutting technology. This is important when simple mistakes can be costly, cause delays, and negatively affect the final look of your beautiful counters. At Prestige we use state-of-the-art CNC stone cutting machines, routers, and digital templating for quality fabrication and on-time delivery. With digital templating, we can account for the undulation of your wall and ensure the counters match up perfectly.  From your vision to computerized CAD drawing to installation of your countertop, your project will receive state-of-the-art craftsmanship and the attention to detail it deserves. We also never use subcontractors and invite you to come see how we operate anytime!

This is our CNC saw, the GMM Intra. The Intra allows us to either program on the floor or import a CAD drawing. The Intra can cut parallel, perpendicular and diagonal arcs and circumferences. This machine allows Prestige to cut a wide range of materials quickly and with absolute precision.
The Luna 740S is an automatic edge polisher which has been specifically designed to produce straight, slanted , bullnose, and a variety of other edges. This machine is capable of profiling  granite, marble, and engineered stones quickly and efficiently.
The fact that we at Prestige are completely involved in the entire process, from design to fabrication to installation, helps ensure your counter tops turn out exactly as you imagine.


Do they provide references? Can you see examples of their finished projects?

A reputable fabricator will be able to provide references of recent projects. If you can visit one of their job sites and/or showroom, that’s also highly recommended. This allows you to ensure the quality of their finished work meets your standards. This requires a bit of extra research and work on your part, but will absolutely help provide peace of mind about such a big investment into your home.

Do they provide a warranty on their work?

When making any kind of large purchase it’s nice to know the company you are working with will stand behind their work. At Prestige we offer a lifetime warranty on all stone and sinks. We are passionate about making your installation a success and are dedicated to the level of customer service required to ensure your happiness for the lifetime of your counters. Prestige’s commitment to customer satisfaction has earned us an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.



Whatever project you can dream up,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design, fabrication, and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom and bring their ideas and questions with them anytime!


How to Maintain Your Beautiful Marble or Granite Countertops

Granite, marble and stone surface countertops are an investment that will give you a lifetime of beautiful service. Properly protecting these surfaces will ensure your stone looks beautiful for many years to come. Here are a few simple steps for keeping your stone surface countertops shiny and clean.

  • Immediately blot up spills, before they penetrate or dry onto the surface
  • Clean marble or granite with a specially formulated cleaning spray, or just warm water and gentle dish soap, using a non-abraisive cloth.  Cleaning regularly will prolong the life of your countertops.
  • Avoid alkaline or acidic solutions to clean granite, as they can mar and dull the seal. Use only neutral pH products. Always buff and dry granite after cleaning.
  • Acids can etch or dull stone surfaces. Wipe up acidic or alcoholic beverage spills quickly and use coasters under glasses.
  • Dust and soil may deposit a hazy film onto the surface. To keep the surface clear and shiny, clean the surface and polish regularly with quality stone care product, like GranQuartz Stone Polish.
  • Avoid ammonia-based cleaners like glass cleaner, abrasive powders, soapy detergents and high pH solutions that can dull and damage the surface
  • For an additional layer of protection. consider adding a sealant like GranQuartz Stone Sealer. You will want to reseal when water droplets no longer bead on the surface, about every 6 months to one year, depending on much use the surface gets.
  • Contact your stone care professional if you find cracks, deep stains or signs of erosion.

Prestige Marble and Granite offers an array of designer marble and granite suitable for countertops, as well as a full line of quality stone care products. Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide you in the maintenance of your new countertops. We welcome your questions anytime!