Investors were amazed as they looked at over 400 unique slabs of granite and marble in the 15,000 sq. ft. showroom
Macomb, MI - Mark Maupin of National Real Estate Network recently visited the showroom of Rock Tops Granite, in Macomb, Michigan. He joined several real estate investors who were looking for quality material to remodel the kitchens and bathrooms in high-end homes they had recently acquired. "Investors who purchase property in very desirable, suburban areas know they cannot get away with cheap, inexpensive rehab jobs like they do in urban areas," Mark explained. "I recently met and interviewed Charlie Thiede, of Rock Tops Granite, and I was impressed with the quality of workmanship that goes into the manufacturing of granite and marble countertops. I thought it would be a great idea to take some members of my investment group on a tour of their showroom to learn more about the product and technology they use to measure and cut the granite."
Mark and the group of investors learned a lot when they toured the 15,000 sq. ft showroom containing over 400 unique slabs of granite and marble. "It was amazing!" Mark exclaimed. "No two pieces were the same!"
Charlie Thiede explained, "Unlike Corian or Silestone, Granite and Marble are products of nature, therefore, no two pieces will be the same. Adding a granite or marble countertop to a kitchen is a way to bring Mother Nature's Art Work into your home. Your unique countertop will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors; yours will be impossible for them to duplicate," explained Thiede, proudly.
Charlie also showed the group some of their fabricating equipment, explaining, "We use the latest in computer, numerically, controlled (CNC) technology for a perfect cut with an unmatched polished edge quality. These machines cost between $200,000 and $300,000; therefore, many other fabricators are still using hand routers and grinders to work the edge of the stone. This often takes days, where we can fabricate a countertop within hours. The hand method often creates imperfect and wavy edges, bad seams and a poor finish, where the CNC technology produces a perfect finish every time."
Charlie explained the many advantages of using granite or marble, including strength, durability and the ability to withstand heat if someone places a hot pan directly onto the countertop. "I don't recommend trying this with artificial surfaces such as Corian or Silestone," said Thiede. "It will melt the surface, doing permanent damage. Granite is also resistant to grease or water stains and is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol or wine; all very commonly used items in the kitchen, and often spilled on the countertop."
Marked thanked Charlie Thiede for the tour and educational information as he invited him to speak at a future meeting. Mark's group meets the third Thursday of each month in Belleville. "I'm sure a lot of my members will be interested in hearing about Rock Tops Granit countertops. I look forward to having one of their representatives speak at a future meeting; hopefully very soon, before the end of the year," said Mark.
Rock Tops Granite has 15 locations in 7 states, with showrooms in Saline, Holly, Wixom, Grand Rapids and Macomb, Michigan. They have already installed over 10,000 countertops in 2008 and plan to open more stores in the next couple years. Visit their website at http://www.rocktopsgranite.com to learn more and find a location near you.
17411 23 Mile Road
Macomb, MI 48042