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Video: 3 Popular Countertop Materials

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re in the market for new stone countertops, you’ll want to educate yourself about the different materials available. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jack Chan of Amazing Stone to learn about three popular choices.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jack Chan: Many customers ask us about the difference of different stone products. For example, this is granite. When there’s a granite, they’re durable, stain-resistant and scratch-resistant, but then you do have to put sealant on it to protect it from color staining as well. As because granite is a volcano rock, because of the magma and all the collusion between different elements, Read more

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Understanding Your Countertop Options

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — When it comes to stone countertops, homeowners have three main options to choose from: granite, quartz and marble. There are other, less common materials available (including some high-end options), but nine times out of 10, homeowners choose one of these three. The question is, which option is right for you? To help you decide, let’s look at some key attributes of each:

Granite

Granite is a natural stone. It’s very tough—one of the toughest natural materials on the planet. However, like any natural stone, granite is porous, so it needs to be sealed to prevent stains. Fortunately, there are professionally applied sealers available that last up to 25 years, Read more

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Catalyzed Conversion Varnish for Cabinets

Posted on June 13, 2018 by James Florence

CASTRO VALLEY — When buying new cabinets, an important aspect to consider is the finish. A cabinet’s finish seals the stain/paint and protects it from scratches, dents, water damage, and sun fading. For this reason, a cabinet’s finish has a considerable impact on its long-term performance.

There are several different finishes used on cabinets today. One of the most common is lacquer, a single-component clear coat that’s air-cured following application. However, a better option is a catalyzed conversion varnish, a two-component, chemical-cured finish that’s reinforced with a hardening agent added during application. Since a catalyzed conversion varnish has twice the dry film thickness as lacquer, it offers superior durability against wear. Additionally, conversion varnish is slightly more elastic than lacquer, Read more

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Remodeling to Maximize Space

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Mari Patrick

When it comes to remodeling, many homeowners underestimate what can be done with their interior spaces. A common assumption is that any changes made to a room have to conform to its existing layout. In reality, a room’s layout can often be substantially altered to maximize its space and utility.

For example, if your kitchen has always been too small for your needs, there are several ways to make it more spacious and functional. One common practice is relocating a kitchen closet or pantry to an adjacent hallway, which will give you more room to work when preparing meals. Additionally, removing and/or relocating walls can further open up a cramped space.

As you prepare for your remodeling project, Read more

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