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The Top 6 Remodeling Shows to Attend This Year

Whether you are in the remodeling industry or simply looking for ways to network and get new ideas around home renovation, this list of the top conferences to attend is for you.

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Remodelers Summit 

September 25 – 27th, 2018  |  New Orleans, LA

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Join like-minded remodelers, bestselling authors and industry leaders for ideas, inspiration and business solutions. “I've been coming to the show for 20 years and it's one of the best shows in the industry,” says Bruce Case, CEO & President of Case Design/Remodeling.

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Remodeling Show

October 10 – 11th, 2018  |  Baltimore, MA

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Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo brings together residential remodeling and building professionals from all over the country to experience the hottest products, learn the newest building techniques, and build their professional reach through fun networking events.

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International Builders’ Show

February 19 – 21st, 2019  |  Las Vegas, NV

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The NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world. The 2018 show welcomed 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together more top manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe, showcasing the latest and most in-demand products and services.

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Kitchen/Bath Industry Show

February 19 – 21st  |  Las Vegas, NV

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Discover fresh design solutions, expand your network, and fine-tune your expertise. As the industry's largest trade show, KBIS brings every aspect of kitchen and bath innovation together into one comprehensive, value-filled event.

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Coverings

April 9 – 12th, 2019  |  Orlando, FL

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For almost thirty years, Coverings has been the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America. Visitors from every facet of the tile & stone industry find that Coverings is the one event that drives their success, year after year.

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Home & Garden Shows

Various dates in various locations

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The Home & Garden Show is hosted throughout the year in 25 different cities across 17 states. Visitors have the opportunity to see and experience the latest home and garden trends and innovations, listen to celebrity designers, watch creative demonstrations and source and buy new products.

Click here to find a show near you.

10 Unique Kitchen Countertop Ideas

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Renovating your kitchen can be an overwhelming process with endless possibilities. From back splashes and lighting to appliances and flooring, there is an unlimited amount of ideas for you to choose from.

Updating the countertops plays a large part in this process. Once you've decided on the surface material, what next? Below are 10 unique countertop ideas to give you some inspiration: 

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The ingenious design of this recessed table in a drawer maximizes the space available in your kitchen.
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Use decoratively carved corbels as supports for your kitchen counter overhang.
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Better yet, make your countertop float by eliminating its legs and corbels and installing hidden island brackets.
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If you don’t like the cold feel of your stone countertops in the morning, this customizable stick-on heating mat will warm up your surface to above room temperature.
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This sink includes mini ledges so you can easily pop in a drying rack, wash pan or cutting board, opening up the counterspace around your sink.
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This trash door located underneath the center kitchen island makes it very convenient to prepare food at the sink and cutting board area.
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Pretty up your countertop space with accessories and décor, changing up the look every season to give you something fresh every few months.
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Here is an incredible idea that will transform a plain kitchen island into an adorable little cabinet by using the column corners to store your stuff. 
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Adding under-the-counter lighting to your overhang or bar will make your kitchen stand out at night.
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Check out this simple yet innovative solution to removing the leftover food on your cutting board.
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Which one of these countertop ideas do you like best for your next renovation?

12 Before-And-After Kitchen Remodels That Will Make Your Eyes Pop

Whether your kitchen is in need of a light update or a complete do over, the first step in the process is to get some real inspiration. The goal of all kitchen remodels? Make them as stylish as they are functional.

Below are 12 of the greatest kitchen remodels from some of the top renovators. Which one is your favorite transformation?

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DIY: How to Add Heat To Your Countertop Without a Professional

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With the colder months quickly approaching, homeowners can begin thinking of ways to maintain the warmth of the rooms throughout their houses.

One room that is always considered the center of the home is the kitchen. It is a place where family members gather for meals and where friends congregate for entertainment, specifically around the kitchen island or bar top.

If you are one of the many owners of granite, quartz, soapstone, marble or concrete countertops, then you have most likely noticed how cold the surface feels to lean on. This can be very off putting, especially during the winter months. So, how can you resolve this problem and bring more warmth to your kitchen?

The below steps explain how you can add heat to your countertop overhang without the help of a professional

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Purchase a stick-on heating mat, one that can be customized to fit the exact size and shape of your overhang. 

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Brush on a light layer of two-part epoxy to the underside of your countertop. (Epoxy will come with your heating mat). If your countertop is smooth granite underneath, then you will skip this step.

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Remove the release liner from the mat and apply the sticky side underneath your countertop, approximately ½” away from the outer edges.

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Drill a small hole into your cupboard under the overhang area and feed the heater cord through the hole.

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Finally, plug the heating mat’s transformer into a standard outlet, preferably one that is inside of your cabinet for complete invisibility.

Voila! You have yourself elegant heated countertops that are safe, affordable to run 24/7 and soothing to anyone who touches them.

Click on the video below to see how to install a heating mat to your countertop overhang.

Don’t have a countertop overhang but still want to heat your kitchen island? Learn more about how to add heat to your countertop with no overhang.

10 FAQs About Granite Countertops

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For many reasons, granite continues to be the material of choice for homeowners remodeling their kitchens and offices. Its durability and elegant appearance make it a top contender for countertop selections year after year. 

Below are 10 frequently asked questions about this luxurious surface, with answers from some of the top fabricators and remodelers in the industry. 

What is a sealer and how do I know when it is time to apply one to my countertops? 

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"A sealer is like a coat of armor for your countertop. Natural stone can be dense or porous, and is absorbent to some degree. Stones that have more swirls or veins tend to be more porous and absorbent. Sealer will decrease the opportunity for something to stain or harm your surface. A protected stone will be easier to clean, resist staining, and provide a safer and healthier environment. By sealing your stone, you will more easily retain the natural beauty of the surface.

To test your countertop's sealant, apply a drop of water at least ½-inch in diameter to the stone and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Cover with a glass to reduce evaporation. If the stone does not darken then it is probably sealed against water-based stains. To ensure the beauty and longevity of your stone, we recommend sealing your stone yearly." 

-Marble & Granite, Inc.

What is the difference between marble and granite? 

"Although both are stones and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures. It is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, onyx – start out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies (lithifies) into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus."  

-Great Lakes Granite & Marble

Can you heat a granite countertop? 

"There is a solution out there for homeowners who are unhappy with the cold feel of their beautiful stone surface, one that doesn’t involve the installment of brand new countertops. Stick-on heating mats for stone countertops are becoming a popular luxury item for both existing and new countertop installations. The ultra-thin mats simply stick on underneath the stone, warming up the surface about twenty-five degrees."

-FeelsWarm Countertop Heaters

Do all granite countertops need to be sealed? 

"No, only those that are porous. Although it is the hardest stone known to man, its porosity varies from quarry to quarry and from slab to slab. But this characteristic is easily checked by pouring a little water on it in an inconspicuous location. If it sits there for 30 minutes, the countertop does not need to be sealed. If it absorbs rapidly, the countertop should be sealed." 

-Cutting Edge Kitchens

Can knives scratch granite? 

"Knives cannot scratch true granite.  The only thing harder than granite is diamond.  For example, diamond is scored 10 on the MOH’s hardness scale and granite is scored 7.  Diamond blades are the only thing that can cleanly cut through granite.  Other natural stones like Gneiss and Schist are commonly called granite, but they do not have a MOH score of 7, and they can be probably scratched by knives."

-Arch City Granite & Marble, Inc.

Why does some granite have small pits in it? 

"Pitting is a common characteristic of many types of granite. This occurs because granite is comprised of many different minerals, all with varying degrees of hardness. The difference in hardness results in the top layers of the softest minerals flaking out during the slab polishing process."

-Northstar Granite Tops 

How easy is it to care for granite countertops & how do I clean off spills? 

"Very easy! Just wipe your granite countertops with a mixture made of mild soap and water, or you can use an ammonia-free window cleaner. That will keep them looking new for years to come. For spills, immediately blot the spill with a paper towel; do not wipe. If you see a stain (which will be rare), flush the area with a mix of plain water and a mild soap. Then dry the area with a soft towel. Repeat if needed."

-Minneapolis Granite

How can I prevent cracks and chips to my countertops? 

"Cracks and chips can be prevented by avoiding heavy traffic on the edge of a countertop (i.e., you shouldn’t sit on the overhang of a breakfast bar) and minimizing heat exposure. Do not set a hot pot or pan directly on your stone’s surface; always use a trivet as a barrier. The shock of heat exposure can weaken your stone surface and cause cracking.

If a crack does appear in your countertop, have a professional repair it immediately. Without immediate attention, the crack can continue to spread and eventually lead to a portion of your countertop breaking off completely."

-Marva Marble

What are those tiny hairline cracks on the surface? 

"Granite, which is crystalline in structure, sometimes has natural fissures which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material. A product of nature cannot be expected to look man made."

-The Top Shop

What is the process for a standard installation? 

"Installation is usually 5-7 business days after digital measure. 

  1. Removal of existing countertops.
  2. Preparation of area for new sinks (if applicable) and countertops.
  3. Final preparation/review of new countertops to insure quality.
  4. New countertop placement and installation.
  5. Sealing of countertop into place.
  6. Final cleaning of new countertops to ensure no residue remains from the installation process.
  7. Final preparation of countertop for plumber/installation of faucets.
  8. Final inspection before departure to ensure all aspects of installation have been completed properly."

-TTS Granite, Inc