What You Need to Know About Granite Countertops vs Laminate Countertops

Make a decision between granite vs laminate countertops can be difficult, as there are so many factors to consider. On one hand, purchasing granite countertops includes a perception of quality and durability — but does this perception truly live up to the reality? Today’s high-definition laminate countertops are available in a staggering array of designs and colors, making them ideal for a wide range of home improvement projects and new homes.

Here are the details you need to break down the differences between these two countertop options: granite versus laminate.

Granite Countertops

Since granite is a natural stone, it is designed by nature so no two pieces are exactly the same. This can be a benefit for some applications, but when you’re trying to match several large areas you might find that this is challenging. It is an incredibly durable material from the perspective of being able to handle the heat in a way that other materials cannot.

Unfortunately, the same properties that make it heat resistant also make this stone susceptible to breaking and chipping. Since it is a natural stone, anything that you do to repair a break or major chip is likely to be visible — which could ruin the overall look of your kitchen or bathroom.

The granite vs laminate countertops cost differential is quite astonishing. While the installed cost of a good quality laminate countertop may be in the range of $45 per square foot, granite countertops can be up to triple that cost: up to $120 per square foot. Granite also requires re-sealing on a regular basis to maintain the stain- and bacteria-resistant properties. Otherwise, you risk having a dirty, smelly, moldy countertop.

Laminate Countertops

There are hundreds of styles of laminate countertops that are easily available from your local home improvement store and can be customized in a variety of different ways such as with upscale edging. You can even find laminate designs that mimic the look of solid wood and even granite! With high definition laminate, you can get the look of granite, without the need to re-seal and without the high price tag.

Laminate is easy to clean and doesn’t require any type of structured, ongoing maintenance. Laminate is also the lightest option for your countertops, allowing homeowners to assist with the installation or do it themselves with specialized knowledge. Contrary to popular opinion, laminate countertops are not plastic — they’re paper — and they’re often sourced in a very sustainable fashion.

Laminate vs granite

Laminate vs Granite

Determining which of the two options is right for your next project truly is a personal decision. There are pros and cons to each, but your decision may come down to a question of cost — and laminate countertops are going to be much more cost-effective per square foot than granite or other natural stones. This may not be as important for small projects, but larger projects the price differential can mount up quite quickly.

Key Takeaways:

  • When you consider laminate vs granite, it’s important to keep your overall needs in mind
  • Laminate is more cost-effective, durable and comes in a wider variety of styles and colors
  • Granite is a natural stone and therefore can chip. It also needs to be re-sealed
  • Laminate is easier to install, lighter and easier to maintain over time

High definition laminate countertops vs granite

Finding just the right look for your next bathroom or kitchen countertop project takes some research into styles, brands, colors and even the finish. SEK Enterprises is the premier U.S. manufacturer of decorative edge molding for laminate countertops. We have been serving families for more than 20 years, and are strong believers in the value of maintaining an exceptional relationship with our customers. Contact us today at 1-800-TO-BEVEL to find a trusted countertop craftsman in your area or learn more about the options to spruce up your countertops online.

Remodeling Ideas – How to Design a Luxury Shower

When it comes to adding luxury touches to our homes, bathrooms are making a splash. For many people, luxury showers are just as important as getting the perfect tub – and there are some fantastic options available! Here are some remodeling ideas from the specialists in countertop edge options.

Glass Enclosed Showers 

Throw that shower curtain away and invest in glass panels! This is an update that instantly modernizes your shower, creates a more open feel in your bathroom and – importantly – is easy to keep clean and hygienic. You can even enclose your shower in glass panels on each side for an even more light and airy feel.

Bring in Nature 

While beautiful outdoor showers may not work for your home, you can still update it to bring in plenty of natural light and even a view of the garden. By adding a window or skylight, your bathroom will be instantly brightened, and you’ll feel even more refreshed and revitalized.

Steam Away the Stress 

Steam is incredibly relaxing, and a luxury steam shower can bring this spa experience right into your own home. They’re remote controlled, so you can set it to the perfect temperature with ease. Remember to add a bench to your shower design to give you a space to relax in comfort, and a window to allow for fresh air circulation.

Luxury Materials 

Showers are fairly small spaces, so it’s easier to add touches of luxury without spending too much. Splash out on stone, marble or expensive tiles and you’ll be amazed at the result. Your chosen material should reach all the way to the ceiling for a uniform, high-end look. River stones also make for a beautiful shower floor and really bring that nature-inspired spa look to life.

Compliment Your New Shower with Quality Granite Like Laminate and Stylish Countertop Edge Options

With over 20 years of experience, Kuehn Bevel are the people to see when you want exceptional quality laminate countertop edging options for your laminate countertops. With a wide range of decorative options to suit all the top laminate countertop brands, we’ll deliver a product that is expertly manufactured and designed to your specifications. From beveled edge laminate countertops to Formica ideal edges and more, we can deliver it all.

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How to Remodel a Bathroom for Senior Use

More and more seniors are choosing to continue living at home or with a family member rather than moving into assisted living facilities in order to stay in their communities and maintain their independence. This does mean that homes often need to be adapted to provide that extra amount of support – and the bathroom is one of the most important areas in need of remodeling for this purpose. Here are some tips from our team of experts in countertop edge profiles.

  • Walk-in tubs and showers: These offer safety features that make bathing easier, more comfortable and more accessible for seniors, and are especially important for loved ones who are frail or mobility impaired. They include safety bars and railings, seating and non-slip floors, and the tubs are lower to the ground for easier access. For showers, make sure that the entry is level with the ground and slopes to the drain so that seniors can’t trip over the step in.
  • Non-slip flooring: Falls are the leading cause of injury in seniors, and the bathroom is one of the highest risk areas in the home for this to happen. Non-slip flooring helps reduce this risk, stopping floors from becoming slippery even while wet. It’s best to keep this floor clear of tripping hazards like bath mats and carpets unless they are well secured to the floor.
  • Senior-friendly toilets: This is an often overlooked but very useful addition, especially for people who struggle to get up from a seated position. These toilets are chair height (most regular toilets are lower) and can include a lift chair feature if needed. Another good idea is to install grab bars securely on the wall next to the toilet to give your loved one something to use as leverage.
  • Lighting: Seniors often suffer from impaired vision, including cataracts, which makes seeing in dim light very difficult. Installing bright LED lighting and a good size mirror in the bathroom and ensuring the space gets lots of natural light as well will make it much easier for seniors to utilize safely.

Durable Countertop Edge Profiles Add Style and Safety to Your Senior Bathroom 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative and protective laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products Corian countertop edges, laminate countertop edge options and Formica edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag. For senior bathrooms, we recommend a laminate countertop edge profile that is gently rounded to help prevent bumps and bruises.

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5 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas for Your Remodel

Whether your family bathroom has to cater for everyone or you have a small bathroom to yourself, storage is everything. Here are some tips from our team, the specialists in Formica countertop edging, to help you get the most out of your space while keeping it organized and easy to clean.

  1. Wall cabinets: If you have an open wall, it’s the perfect spot for a cabinet. Try to get the biggest one you can comfortably fit into the space. It’s great for storing toiletries, towels, accessories and more within easy reach.
  2. Storage ladder: This is a free-standing storage option that is ideal for people who don’t want to make permanent changes to their space. Make sure it goes as high as possible, so you can fit everything you need onto it at easy reaching height.
  3. Crate shelving: If you don’t have the budget or space for a wall cabinet, crates are the perfect option. Simply pick them up at a craft store, paint them to fit in with your décor and fix to the wall. They are small enough to fit into tiny spaces and make great storage for toiletries, toilet rolls and more.
  4. Towel ladder: If you share a bathroom and don’t have enough hanging space, the best thing to do is go vertical. Towel ladders let you hang multiple towels to dry without taking up much floor space.
  5. Maximize your vanity space: Bathroom vanities are wonderful storage, but you can increase their capacity easily by creating hidden storage on the back of the doors themselves. You can attach a rack easily and add space for essentials like hairdryers, hot irons, brushes and more.

Affordable, Lasting Style with Custom Formica Countertop Edging 

Designing your dream bathroom? Make your space truly yours with customizable Formica countertop edging available in a wide range of designs. At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of laminate countertop edging options, including beveled edge laminate countertops, Wilsonart and Formica edges.

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Tips for Creating a Functional Workshop

For DIY enthusiasts, hobbyists and hands-on home businesses, an on-site workshop is a must-have addition to their home. Here are some tips on how to create a functional workshop space in your garage or outbuilding, from our team specializing in laminate countertop edges.

  • Your workbench comes first: This is the heart of the workshop and needs to be easily accessible on all sides, and big enough that you can work comfortably on a number of projects at the same time. It’s worthwhile spending extra time on making sure that your workbench is big and sturdy enough before moving on to other aspects of your workshop.
  • Tools and equipment: Decide what tools and equipment are essential to your workspace and measure out and designate spaces for larger items. Hand tools and smaller items can be displayed on pegboard leaves – a cost-effective way of adding vertical storage as well as ensuring that tools can be easily seen and accessed.
  • Storage and countertops: Vertical storage and open countertops are always going to be useful in a workshop, so plan to have spaces where you can install shelves and counter space in a way that is easily accessible while you work. The goal here is to take up as little floor space as possible while getting the most storage and workspace.
  • Electrical outlets: These should be convenient and plentiful, so you don’t end up with power cords and extensions running over your floor and workbench, causing a safety hazard. It’s also good to have electrical outlets at countertop level as well as floor level, so your charging tools can be out of the way and not compete with your other power tools.

Hardwearing, Durable Laminate Countertop Edges for Workshops, Bathrooms and Kitchens 

At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest countertop edge profile manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of game rooms, workshops, bathrooms and kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

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How To Design A Game Room For Your Home

For today’s homeowners, a game room isn’t something that’s just for the kids – it’s entertainment for all ages and an integral part of the home. Here are some tips on how to design a game room, from our specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Plan out your space: A great game room isn’t just a space crammed full of activities – it’s a carefully thought-out space. Prioritize your activities and ensure that you have enough room around each activity (keep 3-5 additional space around game tables for easy movement), so you don’t crowd the space for others.
  • Place each activity in a suitable spot: Multiple activities might be happening in the same space, so consider you choices before setting anything in stone. For example, you may want a TV placed where any activity can see it or want more privacy for quieter games while placing more social games by your bar.
  • Lighting: Good lighting needs to be made available to each of your focal points. Once you’ve planned where each table will go, run lighting cables so there is sufficient task lighting for the game. Remember to make ambient lighting separate or adjustable for each section so you can create a great atmosphere without over-lighting the whole space.
  • Soundproofing: Game rooms can get loud, especially when there is more than one activity on the go and the TV is on. Soundproofing can be easily installed and prevents echoing in large spaces, as well as stopping sound from going too far into the rest of your home.
  • Seating: Make sure there is adequate seating for game tables as well as occasional seating for anyone just looking to put their feet up and relax. It’s a good idea to consider furniture that can be moved around easily to accommodate different needs, and extra chairs that can be stacked up out of the way for smaller gatherings.
  • Gathering space and storage: Don’t forget about additional entertainment features like a bar, or storage and countertop space for games and equipment. This makes your space a real center for entertainment as well as making it convenient and easy to use. Go for laminate products if you are looking for something that looks great, that you can get creative with, and care for easily – without breaking the budget.

Countertop Edge Profiles Add Style and Durability To Your Space 

At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest countertop edge profile manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of game room, workshop, bathroom and kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

For more information about our products or to speak to the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

Lighting – A Kitchen’s Best Friend

When we think of remodeling a kitchen, we often focus on big ticket items like cabinetry, granite or laminate countertops, new appliances, and décor – and we forget about lighting. However, good lighting that is set up for your specific kitchen design is essential to making your space functional and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help ensure that you can make an informed decision about our kitchen’s lighting needs.

  • Fittings should fit-in with your design: There are so many beautiful lighting options available, and the fixtures can do a lot to enhance your overall design. Retro hanging lamps and Edison bulbs look beautiful in quirky spaces, while engineered, minimalist lighting looks great in very modern spaces.
  • Lighting on levels: Kitchen lighting has several jobs, so make sure you have the right lights in the right places. Under counter lighting is great for prep work and cooking, general lighting from the ceiling should be comfortable ‘social’ lighting, and lighting over the breakfast bar is great for eating, ambience and adding character.
  • No dark corners: Generally, lighting should be positioned directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cooktops for effective task lighting and to ensure there are no dark corners where you – or anyone else – can’t see what you’re doing.
  • Natural lighting: Where possible, natural lighting should be brought into your kitchen. This will bring in warmth and comfort, as well as reducing dependency on artificial lighting and energy bills – both of which can leave you with a headache.
  • Warm tones: Choose warm, golden toned lightbulbs wherever possible, as this makes kitchen feel cozy and welcoming while still delivering enough light. Cold tones and white lights can leave your kitchen feeling cold and clinical.
  • Downlights over pendants: Hanging lights look great in a kitchen, but should be limited to over a breakfast bar or kitchen island. Too many hanging lights can leave your kitchen feeling crowded and cramped, and can gather dust and debris. Rather choose a few hanging lights for impact, and supplement with downlighters.

Get More Advice and Great Products from the Specialists in Countertop Edge Profiles! 

Designing your dream kitchen? Make your space truly yours with customizable countertop edges available in wood, laminate and solid surface in a wide range of designs. At Keuhn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of laminate countertop edging options, including beveled edge laminate countertops, Wilsonart and Formica edges.

 

Tips For Managing Stress During A Big Renovation

Remodeling your home, whether it’s the family bathroom, the kitchen or a whole-house project, is an exciting and creative way to add value to your property and increase your enjoyment of it – but it can be stressful too. Here are some tips for managing stress through your project, from our kitchen countertop edges team.

  • Decide on a project budget: Do some research on what you can afford to spend on your remodel, get quotes in to see how much various projects will cost, and develop a proper budget. To be safe, add 10% on for unplanned expenses. Most arguments around a remodel deal with expenses, so it’s good to have this settled from the start.
  • Work with what you have: Unless you’re very lucky, the home you have simply won’t be able to make that transformation into your dream property. What works in massive kitchen spaces simply won’t work in an apartment, so it’s important to stay realistic. Matching your space with designs suited to it is guaranteed to bring out the best result!
  • Research your contractor: Your contractor can make or break your remodel, so only go with someone you can trust to do a great job. Check for references and get recommendations from friends and family, but don’t leave it there – go visit the properties and see their work yourself. Also, always choose someone who is fully licensed and bonded, for your peace of mind.
  • Know your timeline: From getting permits to ordering cabinets and countertops, it takes time to receive products and install them in your home – and it’s often longer than you may think. For example, cabinetry can take a month if it’s standard, and even longer if it’s custom made, and then it can take days to install. Speak with all suppliers and your contractor, and develop a timeline well in advance of starting your project so that you can co-ordinate different suppliers and jobs to streamline the project.
  • Don’t let the small stuff get to you: The reality is, remodels are dirty and dusty and inconvenient – but the results are more than worth it. Try not to let the smaller things get to you, and try keep the end goals in mind. Try to also put a positive spin on it – it’s not a kitchen renovation, it’s backyard grill time – and remember that it isn’t forever!

Partner with the specialists in kitchen countertop edge options! 

One of the most important tips for making your home remodel a breeze, is that you should always partner with the best! At Keuhn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

 

For more information about our products or to speak to our friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

Make The Most Of Your Space With These Garage Conversion Ideas

Garages offer homeowners a great way to add space and utility to their homes without committing to constructing additions. Like basements, these spaces are often under-utilized, but more and more homeowners are turning to them to create functional spaces. Here are some ideas from our team of laminate countertop edging specialists.

  • Independent living space: Whether you want to earn rental income, have a guest space for your in-laws, or have a teenager looking for some independence, a garage conversion can be made into a compact but comfortable space. Switch the garage door out for a sliding door, add a couple of windows, a kitchenette and a compact bathroom and you’re good to go! If you’re in a cold climate, don’t forget to add insulation and heating.
  • Increase your floor size: This is a fantastic option if your home is attached to your garage. Simply knock through, decorate and change out the garage doors and you have a whole new space to expand into. Demolish the whole wall to create an open plan look, or keep it more closed up if you want to create your own cinema.
  • Workshop: If you want to keep your space more utilitarian, then a workshop is the way to go. Away from the main house, it’s a quieter space that can be easily converted into a functional area for woodworking, working on cars and motorbikes, or any other projects. It’s a great idea to add a small, functional kitchenette and wash up station so that you can clean up easily.
  • Games room: If you have kids or are simply young at heart, garages make great conversions into games rooms, especially if you have limited house space! Spacious enough for a pool table, foosball or a gaming table, simply insulate to make it cozier, add a window or two for ventilation, and decorate it as you like.

Custom laminate countertop edging for your stylish, functional conversion

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need laminate countertop edging options, beveled edge laminate countertops, or Formica edges, we can offer you a design, countertop edge profile and final product that adds style and durability to your space without breaking your budget.

For more information about our laminate countertop edging or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.

 

Get Inspired With These Kitchen Cabinet Ideas!

Kitchen cabinets, their design and installation make a significant impact on how we use our kitchens – and how much we enjoy doing so. Here are some inspirational tips to help you get the most out of your storage, from the specialists in Formica countertop edging.

  • Need more cabinets? Get an island: If you have an open plan kitchen, chances are that your biggest challenge is having enough storage space. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that won’t mean you have to remodel – invest in a kitchen island. These can be made to your exact specifications, including size and features, and add considerable storage and countertop space. Just make sure that there is enough space to easily walk around the island.
  • A corner cabinet: Large, tall storage space is a huge benefit in any kitchen, large or small, and the easiest way to include this is with a triangular corner cabinet with deep shelves. This has the advantage of not taking up a significant amount of space while providing a surprising amount of very convenient storage. Many people use these for storing dry goods, small appliances, cleaning equipment, pet food and much more.
  • Refurbish, repaint, recycle: Any homeowner who has considered remodeling their kitchen knows that it’s an expensive job, even when you aren’t after the latest and most exclusive trends. Refurbishing your current cabinets with a coat of paint can make an incredible difference, and combining that with a new countertop can give the same result as a full remodel at a fraction of the cost – and you can do it yourself. Another good idea is to source secondhand cabinets and use those – you’d be amazed at what you can find, from antiques and retro cabinets to great cabinets that have been discarded from other homes.
  • Extend your cabinets to the ceiling: In most kitchens, cabinets are set a good distance from the ceiling – which makes sense, as this is the height range that makes them easily accessible for most people. However, this is also lost storage space. Installing cabinets to the ceiling is a great way of storing stuff that you don’t use often, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage space in your home as a whole. Additional crockery, holiday table decorations, small appliances and more can all be safely stored out of sight, and easily reached with a step ladder.

Add style and durability with laminate countertop edging 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative countertop edging and profiles. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, or visit our website today at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/.