When you are choosing your new countertop project for your kitchen, bathroom, utility room, or anywhere in your home, there definitely is a large variety of different products, colors, looks, and feels for you to choose from. Here is some information about some of the most popular types: granite, quartz, solid surface, and laminate.
Granite is exactly what it says – natural stone, cut into flat slabs quarried from the ground. This type of countertop is very unique and there never is any two pieces that look the same. You get a random variety of color, swirling, patterns, grains, and movement throughout each piece. You do pay a premium for this natural material. Granite countertops require some special sealing and care products to keep them maintained and looking pristine.
Quartz countertops are engineered slabs of stone. The pieces are 90 plus percent crushed natural stone quartz, mixed with composite resins, then molded into a slab or sheet of material. The slabs are then used to construct a custom countertop. This material has beautiful natural looking colors, grains, and patterns similar to natural stone, but it is more durable and easily cared for.
Solid surface countertops are made from slabs of material that are 100% manmade. They are formed from vacuum sealed acrylic resin. Because of this, countertops are constructed totally seamless, with no visible stops and starts of material. Even the sinks are molded and fused into the countertop as one piece. If your solid surface countertop is ever scratched or damaged, it is easily repaired by buffing out the blemish. There are many colors, edge details, and fleck variations to choose from.
Last but not least, laminate countertops offer the color, beauty, and patterns of all three previous materials. This is a very affordable way to get the look of natural stone in your space. Laminate countertops are constructed from a thin layer of plastic fused to pressed wood pieces. You can simulate wood grains, solid colors, stone patterns, or even retro looking designs. These tops do require a gentler touch – i.e. no cutting on the surface, or contact with very hot implements or dishes.
Here you have it, a few pros and cons, cost and design differences for all of these countertop types. Call Dun-Rite Home Improvements, Inc. today to learn more about Granite, quartz, solid surface, or laminate countertops.