1280 W Bayaud Ave
Denver, CO 80223

11 June 2012

What Sets You Apart From Home Depot?

That was the question a customer asked us the other day. And a good one at that. Anyone that thinks they can comparison shop our price to Home Depot should at least think about that question. It is definitely not an “apples to apples” comparison. And the best way to answer that is to start out with a little bit about what Home Depot (and for the most part Lowes, Costco or any other big box store) is and is not (when it comes to granite countertops).

Home Depot is a corporate retail outlet, they sub-contract any fabrication or installation work out to other companies (whether it be granite countertops, flooring, siding or roofing installation). By using sub-contractors,  the home owner does not know who will actually be in their house performing the work, nor the type of shop that will be fabricating their countertops. Additionally even if Home Depot only sub-contracts your granite fabrication & installation to the same sub-contractor, there is no way of know if that fabricator uses sub-contractors to do their installs.

Secondly, Home Depot both limits your options & up-charges for every detail. They advertise an amazingly low per square foot price, but you’ll never make it out the door at that price. It’s almost as if the base price of a car at a car dealership didn’t include the cost of wheels & tires to go on the car. At least with a car you can potentially decline all the options (though they might not have such a base car on the lot at the  moment, but that’s not the rabbit trail I want to follow) and actually drive off the lot for that price  (+tax, title, delivery charge, but car ads are pretty up-front about that “fine print”, so it’s not a surprise).

And while Home Depot has samples of the [limited] different granite colors they offer, all you’ll ever see before the counters are brought to your house is the sample. You don’t get to see the whole slab, much less pick the slab your tops are cut from. Even with in the same name/color there is a range. Ubatuba for instance can range from a dark almost black green, to a yellowish/gold green. Same material, same name, maybe even the same quarry, but a totally different shade/color from one bundle to the other. And there is no telling which direction it might be from the sample they have.

So what makes us different? First Percoco Marble & Tile is a small family owned business and we are the retail outlet, fabricator & installer all in one. When you come here you can see our shop (one of the cleanest in the industry), meet our staff & know the installers coming to your house are our employees, not a sub-contractor.

Next as we are a custom shop, your options are nearly limitless. I say nearly because somethings simply are not practical or may defy the laws of physics. These limits on options though are not because of a corporate policy, but simply limits of nature. Our price is based completely on the options you select & the layout of your kitchen without some unreasonable low advertised price to suck you in. Obviously options add to the cost, but our quote is an all-inclusive price.

As for picking your material, you can select either from what we have in our yard or from any of the other stone wholesalers in town (as listed on our website). Not only can you pick the exact slabs, after we template you can have as much or little input as you like on laying out the slabs in our yard before we cut (limited only by your kitchen or bathroom layout and the number of slabs you are willing to buy or that may be available).

Additionally because of our commitment to the consumer as well as the stone industry we are members of a number of industry associations including but not limited to The Rocky Mountain Stone Association, The Marble Institute of America & The National Kitchen And Bath Association. Each of these organizations have standards (code of ethics) for its members as well as resources for the consumer.

Finally, we have started a Affordable Slab Package program to offer a more even (though not exact) comparison to Home Depot (and other places that operate similarly). This program limits your options (similar to Home Depot), but includes the advantage of knowing who is fabricating & installing your counters. Also in these packages we have included a high quality stainless steel sink & faucet set (something that you will have to pay extra for at Home Depot).

So take a moment to see who we are and what we have to offer, how we operate, and the work we’ve done in the past.

4 April 2011

Now Offering Custom Wood Counters!

Percoco Marble has recently partnered with Grothouse Lumber to offer our clients an additional option for custom counter top surfaces. Grothouse Lumber is a manufacturer of high quality natural wood counter tops, in many different species and over 40 stock stain colors. Through them, we are able to offer custom wood counter tops with numerous edge options and a variety of grain patterns. Percoco can help the customer create a unique, beautiful area integrating two of nature’s enduring resources. For more information please see our website.

Flat Grain Stain Matched Cherry

21 March 2011

Kitchen Lighting

Filed under: Articles,Kitchen — Tags: , , , , , — Mike Michaelson @ 15:24 MDT

One of our sink and faucet vendors (Eclipse Stainless) just posted a new article on their blog about how to light up your kitchen. They cover the different types of lighting and how they should be used depending on how you plan to use your kitchen, whether it be primarily for entertaining or for cooking. Additionally they have other articles about design as well as about sink and faucets.

Showing the Diablo sink with grates, soap dispensor and two faucet options

Total Eclipse Sink package with 2 possible faucet options

22 December 2010

New Slab Countertop Program

We are proud to announce our new Affordable Slab Packages. These packages were designed for the customer with a budget willing to accept a limited color selection and limited options. With these packages, customers have the option to use their stone for an unlimited number of counter tops, anywhere in the home, all within a certain number of slabs. Whether a bathroom, fireplace, kitchen or furniture pieces, all areas will be fabricated for the package price. Customers are able to view full size slabs of each color in our stone yard, as well as having the option to add one of our most popular stone finishes to the stone. We are offering 4 packages, and a total of 9 color choices.

These packages include:

  • Your choice of a 1 or 2 slab package.
  • Your choice of color from either 6 standard (entry-level) colors or 3 upgraded colors (mid level – affects price).
  • Templating, fabricating and installation (20 mile radius – additional cost outside of 20 miles).
  • Eased edge (also called a square edge sometimes).
  • A Total Eclipse Kitchen Sink Set.
  • Option for upgraded faucet as part of sink set (affects price).
  • Option for vanity sinks instead of Total Eclipse Kitchen Sink Set
  • Option for leather finish

Finally, Percoco will still offer the custom kitchen experience that we are known for, with no limit on the design and performance customers will receive. With these custom kitchens, Percoco Marble is offering a remnant from our stock yard, fabricated into a vanity, for only $350.

Whether you are in the market for a budget restricted project or a full custom project I just want to thank you for considering (and hopefully choosing) Percoco Marble for your natural stone need.

Finnish Soapstone slab photo - Upgrade Color option

Upgrade Color option – Finnish Soapstone

25 June 2008

Finishing Absolute Black (and other black granites)

Black makes a statement. I don’t need to convince you that you like it. But you think polished is just too much. Ok so how about doing a honed finish? Well, the problem is a honed black surface is probably the worst from a maintenance standpoint. Every fingerprint, dust, food, etc will show. Additionally a honed black counter top can look great from one angle, but appear less than ideal from another angle (due to lighting, quality of finish, etc). Luckily there is a solution, the leather finish. From our experience, the leather finish it is easier to obtain a more uniform consistent finish on black granites. Also the leather finish on black granites does not show fingerprints and dirt as much as either a polished or honed finish, making for easier maintenance.

Our recommendation for black granites is the leather finish. However, if you really want it honed, we can do that too. We have been working on techniques to provide as consistent a finish as possible for honing black granites. Regardless of which finish you choose we are confident you will enjoy your granite counters for years to come.

11 April 2008

Marble Counters in Kitchens

A lot of people in the US have stayed away from marble in the kitchen due to various misconceptions. However in Europe, marble is used in kitchens quite extensively. Marble counters may require a little bit more care than granite counters. One of the advantages of marble though is its softer and warmer appearance than granite. The main thing to note is that when marble is used in the kitchen it should be leathered or honed rather than polished (the reason for this is discussed near the end of this post).

One misconception is that marble will stain easier than granite. This is not entirely true across the board. The two main factors that affect the likely hood of staining a particular stone are 1) the surface finish (i.e. polished, leathered, honed, etc.), and 2) the underlying porosity of the stone, sometimes expressed as density.

First lets talk about the underlying porosity of stones in general. As a general rule lighter colored stones tend to be more porous than darker colored stones. Most igneous stones (true granites, basalts and gabbro stones) will have a low porosity, however lava rock (or volcanic rock) found on the surface is quite porous. Sedimentary stones (limestones, sandstones, and travertines) on the other hand are likely to have the high porosity. Metamorphic stones (gneisses, marbles, schists, slates) are somewhere in between and vary according to the degree (or stage) of metamorphism. Most stones know commercially as granites are really gneisses. To wrap up a dark colored marble (like Hulien Jade) is likely less porous than a light colored gneiss (say a Madura Gold or Shivakash). On the other hand a light colored marble (Colorado Yule or White Carrara) is more prone to staining than say Absolute Black.

Surface finishes also play an important role in the ability of stone to repel stains. A polished surface acts as barrier (although not an impenetrable one). This is largely due to the “closing” of pores in the surface layer of the stone during the polishing process (with the use of successively finer grits). A honed surface while being more “closed” than a rough sawn surface is not as “closed” as a polished surface. A leathered surface is somewhere in between a hone and a polished in how “closed” the pores are.

The biggest issue with using marble is that the surface can be etched by acids (orange juice, vinegar, etc). This is very obvious on polished surfaces and requires a specialist to come in and re-finish the tops on-site. On a honed or leathered surface etching is less noticeable and can be refinished by the homeowner with the use of the appropriate scotch-brite pad. Also etching is more noticeable on a darker colored stone than on a lighter colored stone. Due to the issue of etching it is recommended that all marbles be either leathered or honed for use in a kitchen.

18 March 2008

Surface Finishing and Texture

As granite and marble counter tops have become more common, people are looking for something different. For a while a honed finish (instead of a polished finish) was enough different. However, there are some draw backs to a honed finish.

First a honed finish washes out the color. This is more noticeable on darker materials rather than lighter materials. Also a honed finish is more susceptible to staining than a polished surface. With the use of a sealer and proper care and cleaning though this a honed surface can still be practical. Also the use of a color enhancing sealer can bring back some of the color on a darker stone.

Still with only a polished or honed surface finishes for options it didn’t take long for a honed surface to be almost as common as a polished surface. You may be asking, “Now what?” Well, the process of “antiquing” has been around in other mediums for a while now, say a “distressed” piece of wood work or flooring. Or in the case of stone, tumbled marble tiles. But tumbling a whole slab is not practical (if even possible). That is where leathering comes in.

Leathering is a second generation process developed as a replacement for the river washed finish. A leathered finish has some of the positives of both a honed and river washed surface without some of the negatives. First, a leathered finish retains the natural color of the stone and does not wash out like either a honed or river washed surface while at the same time not having the high gloss of a polished surface. A good comparison is that of a glossy photo (polished) to a matte photo (leathered). Second, the degree (or depth) of texture will vary based on the stone it is being applied on. This makes each piece that much more unique. Also the leather finish is less prone to staining than a honed or river washed finish (though not as resistant as a polished surface).

More information about surface finishes and their uses can be found on our Surface Finishes page.


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