For the third year in a row, Dominion Granite & Marble has received the Super Service Award from Angie's List!
Dominion Granite & Marble
The Washington DC area's premier stone fabricator!
For the third year in a row, Dominion Granite & Marble has received the Super Service Award from Angie's List!
Our showroom is OPEN today, March 6th. Come get out of the house and look at the many different options of remnant stones currently in stock!
Thinking of using Quartz in your next project? Visit our showroom and explore the many different colors and brands!
Thinking of new counters or vanity tops in the spring months? Get a head start now before the schedule fills up! Call or visit us today!
Safe Travels and Happy Thanksgiving from Dominion Granite & Marble!
Dominion Granite and Marble will be offering $5 Starbucks gifts cards to those who “Like” and “Follow” us on Twitter and Facebook. E-mail [email protected] afterwards with the subject “RED CUPS” to receive your prize!
Offer ends 12-31-14, Applies ONLY to current clients.
Schedule your project before the end of 2014, receive a Free Sink & Stone Cutting Board. Discuss your job with a sales associate today!
Summer has officially kicked off here at Dominion Granite and we wanted to share some of the projects that we typically work on around this time of the year.
Outdoor kitchens, bars and barbecue's:
Outdoor entertaining spaces need countertops to be functional and fun. Not all materials are up to the task and it really depends on where it will be installed. Quartz cannot be in direct contact with sunlight, stronger and more crystalline granite is recommended for outdoor kitchens and soapstone is really great for either side of a grill. Certain materials will fair better in lower humidity, higher temperatures, longer exposure to water and survive freeze/thaw cycles better than others. We have installed thousands of outdoor countertops and can guide you in the right direction.
Basement Bars (aka. man caves)
Watching a game while sitting in you own basement bar can be better than being there in person. These spaces call for low maintenance materials like quartz for functionality and strength. Remember that not all materials will allow for the large overhang required by a bar. Other considerations like support brackets and entry into the home must be taken into account from the very beginning. Basement bars can be awesome projects that provide fun for the whole family. We have seen flat screens, pool tables, air hockey, ping pong, fooseball, skeetball and even slot machines installed in these spaces. Typically husbands can seem more like frat boys when designing these spaces so we always suggest spousal guidance. Although it can be cool to design an entire basement with Redskins burgundy and gold we wouldn't want you to miss out on selling you house in the future to a Cowboys fan..
I would like to share and email response about the difference between a honed marble and an acid washed marble. Please follow this Gardenweb link:
This is the spot to share experiences with remodeling, decorating and maintaining kitchens, like the occasion of last year's flood...
We have three slots left before Thanksgiving 2011 and December is filling up quickly. Did you know that statistically granite counters will impress in-laws more than any other home improvement you could possibly do. Call us today and avoid another comment like: “you know your sister has one of those gourmet kitchens, who can blame her with all that money her husband makes…. ”
Some people will find and use countertop polish at the grocery store or home improvement store. Countertop polish typically consists of either more polyurethane or organic waxes derived from bees wax or plant oils. Using these products will temporarily bring back the shine but will ultimately harm your countertop. So how do you bring the shine back? If you countertop has been treated with an impregnator you simply need to clean it with a Ph neutral soap and water. More often than not kitchen surfaces will develop a build up of grime from daily use. Using a micro fiber cloth will help pull this material off of you counter and should help speed up the process. If you counter has been impregnated this is the only thing you will need to do. Do not use “polish” from the store or any other product that claims to bring back the shine of the counter. What if my counter has been treated with a topical sealer? Unless you want to get into a habit of resealing every 6-12 months we typically recommend stripping off the topical sealer and treating your counter with an impregnator. The process costs around $400 but will save you untold hours of labor trying to clean your counter unsuccessfully. Once a counter has been stripped and impregnated no additional work needs to be done. There are good cleaning products on the market which will cut away the kitchen grime without compromising the countertop underneath. Stonetech makes a series of great products that were developed by the granite countertop industry specifically formulated to protect and clean natural stone. Information can be found here: http://www2.dupont.com/Stone_Tech_Professional/en_US/products/product_index.html
In closing I would like to say that there is a lot of bad information that has been floating around the internet and home magazines for years. We always try to educate our customers with information that is accurate and verifiable. Please visit the Marble Institute of America’s web site and read the article on sealing if you would like to further research this post at:
DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional Products
Dominion Granite and Marble is now the areas foremost earthquake countertop repair company. With over 1 hour of experience we can tell you definitively that we are the finest firm for east coast earthquake countertop repair. Please call us today for your free consultation. And remember 2012 is just around the corner...
If your seams have separated for any reason. (Like I don't know because of a friggin earthquake.) We would be happy to come out and repair your countertops. :)
Due to overwhelming demand we are implementing new Saturday Hours 10am - 2pm Appointments Required.
Please remember that some pieces of granite are as heavy as a compact Japanese car. When it snows we need our clients to plan accordingly by clearing a path into the home. We don't want anyone to get hurt or worse get a pesky blood stain on your new floors before the holidays. We thank you for being reasonable..
We are officially booked for December 09. We look forward to working with everyone in January after the madness of the holidays subsides.
This week is the last week to schedule your project if you want it installed before the holiday break. We have a precious 6 install slots available before the 23rd of December. We not saying CALL NOW or anything but if you don't you won't get your kitchen in time to impress your mother in-law...
If you are looking for us at the Home Show in Chantilly, we are not there... After 19 shows we decided to take a small Hiatus from standing for 40 hours in three days. Although being too busy here at the showroom to do the Home Show will be liberating, we will miss catching up with our friends and clients. We will be back for the spring show in February, Miele espresso machine and all.
Gearing up for the busy season. If you want a countertop before Thanksgiving you really need to start planning now. From September to December every year our importers bring in extra materials for the holiday rush. The process can happen from start to finish in as little as 10 days but you need to start NOW!
My response to a customer asking about cleaning products on our blog www.countertoptalk.com
I use “method” to clean my counters from the grocery store. Do you think that it is ok or do you recommend another?
We usually suggest Stonetech stone cleaner. It is readily available online and comes with 15 years of stone specific research and use. You know when someone comes up with a really great invention and it is quickly purchased by a larger company that recognizes the value? This is exactly what happened with Stonetech which is now owned by DuPont. Good cleaners will be mild but antibacterial. A good portion of the "green" cleaning products use excessive amounts of isopropyl alcohol or vinegar which is basically ascetic acid to clean and disinfect. While I think these products are great for the environment they have a few draw backs in my opinion. A good amount of people will argue that using something like vinegar and/or alcohol has the same bacterial killing effect as something like bleach. Ounce for ounce they are wrong. Bleach will kill virtually every bacterial in you home compared to about 80% by white vinegar. It can be argued that using just a small portion of bleach will, by way of safety, outweigh the environmental benefits of using vinegar or alcohol. Others still, will argue that bleach will not only kill bacteria but will kill you with harmful off gases etc. I like to find a happy medium in my own kitchen. My wife and I will use Stonetech or even a PH balanced soap and water mixture for everyday cleaning of the countertop. On Sundays we will very frequently cook a whole chicken for lunch which involves me cutting and grabbing a good portion of my countertop and fixture areas with potential salmonella laden hands. For the chicken days I use something stronger. Natural stone counters and quartz counters will all react with different chemicals depending on their mineral composition. Feldspar will react with low ph acidic cleaners so more exotic gold colored granites can often pit or etch when exposed to a large amount of acidic liquid (including vinegar) over an extended period of time. I have seen certain quartz surfaces react to surfactants (basically soap) that had color pigments added for marketing appeal. I feel that I can be environmentally responsible to a point of realism. As with many things in life, moderate use of any cleaner would be my best advice. Do not feel that you are betraying the environment or Al Gore if you occasionally disinfect with something like 409. There is after all a reason that you don't see restaurants and hospitals cleaning the floor with lemons and vinegar.
Check out our latest press release at:
PR: Northern Virginia/DC Metro company Dominion Granite and Marble known among retail and commercial countertop customers for fine craftsmanship and their high level of customer service, launched a blog, countertoptalk.com in an effort to untangle the misnomers associated with granite, marble and m...
Is doing some post spring cleaning of its showroom in preperation for the arrival of Nick Ord President of Miele Usa
When in the presence of a man who controls a 3 billion dollar a year enterprise the floors should be relatively clean.
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