Last year, Granicrete Minnesota worked with DRAS Cases to build bar counters for Buffalo Wild Wings made from recycled gym flooring. Well we’re back at it again.
We put our NSF-certified sealers on these counters to make them bacteria-free and stain resistant. Perfect for a busy bar!
These counters are headed down south to be installed.
We love a chance to re-purpose existing materials. Recently, Granicrete Minnesota had the opportunity to re-purpose gym floors into countertops with DRAS Cases, Inc for Buffalo Wild Wings. Check it out!
DRAS Cases, Inc didn’t want to use epoxy sealers on these service counters, and they consulted Epoxy Experts US for guidance. They opted for NSF-certified Granicrete sealers. These counters are bacteria-resistant and won’t stain – not even buffalo sauce stands a chance against our non-porous sealers.
These counters will be installed in one of Buffalo Wild Wings’ many North Carolina locations.
Why get NSF Certified? Our Story.
Several years ago, one of our installers was doing a Granicrete bar top counter at a restaurant. When the owners asked her to do a matching counter top opposite the bar top where they prepped lemons and other garnishes for service, she was told our product wasn’t acceptable for that location in the restaurant by the state of Minnesota. We were so surprised! How could our product, which is non-porous, bacteria-free, and stain-free, not be acceptable?
After many conversations with the State of MN, we were told to get our product tested so that we could continue to do commercial jobs. We were also warned that it would be very difficult to earn the NSF Certification. To the surprise of the State Of MN, we were quickly certified!
Why should you care if your countertops are NSF Certified? Most importantly, there is NO Bacteria and NO staining on Granicrete countertops. Also, this means that our product has undergone rigorous, strict testing for high levels of sanitation and safety standards at the local, state, federal, and international level. It lets you know that you’re furnishing your kitchen with a high quality, independently certified product that makes your home a safer environment for your family.
NSF 51 Certification has three areas of concern related to materials used. Food Zone, Splash Zone and Non-Food Zone areas. Having this certification has opened up doors to us for more commercial clients including restaurants/bars, health care facilities and hospitals. We hope the next time you’re looking to add a kitchen or bar counter to your home, you consider Granicrete for all of its benefits: bacteria-free, stain-free, and more affordable than traditional countertop materials. Stainless AND a Steal!
Are your kitchens bacteria-free? If not, consider adding a Granicrete countertop to your home or business today!
In July, we were featured in Content Craftsman’s online blog, The Changing Face of Granite and its Alternatives. Check out what Tom Sweeney had to say about Granicrete below, and if you’d like to read the full post, it’s here!
Some granite alternatives certified food safe
If you like the look of stone but want to avoid the sealing issue, consider quartz (such as Cambria) or a cement-based surfacing material (such as Granicrete).
Cambria counters are made from dense quartz crystals embedded in resin that does not absorb moisture. Granicrete is a modified cement-based surfacing material that is colored to resemble granite and sealed with clear epoxy and/or water-based polyurethane. It can be installed over engineered wood or laminate.
Because Cambria and Granicrete are less porous, neither absorbs bacteria or stains. What’s more, both are certified for commercial food equipment materials (splash zones) by the independent testing organization, National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Granicrete’s epoxy surface had been NSF/ANSI 51 certified since 2011. However, the Granicrete’s WB-P53 polyurethane finish just earned NSF 51 approval last month.