The main considerations when selecting a countertop material are aesthetics, durability, maintenance and cost. We showcase many of these materials in our showroom and can assist you with making the right decision for your project.
Natural Stone. Desired for its uniqueness, beauty and durability, granite is a natural option for countertops that will never go out of style. Marble is a traditionally elegant solid natural material. Being softer than granite it is naturally more susceptible to staining and scratching which makes it more commonly used in bathroom applications.
Quartz. Quartz has become THE major contender for countertop applications. The engineered material is created through a manufacturing process that mixes ground natural quartz with polymer resins, resulting in a very hard, scratch, stain and heat resistant material that looks rich and beautiful. Pricing is similar to granite and marble although quartz is more durable and offers tighter seems without the maintenance of sealing. Quartz features make it a highly desired material for both kitchens and bathrooms.
Laminate. By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns, finishes and profiles. Although the durability is not on the same level as some solid materials, new advances in technology have made it possible for many laminates to greatly increase their scuff, scratch and wear resistance, while some also feature antimicrobial protection.
Acrylic Solid Surfaces. Corian is an example of a solid surface countertop material that has limitless design possibilities. Advantages over other solid materials are its ability to be virtually seamless, even in the transition from countertop to sink bowl. They are easy to clean and moisture resistant but can scratch and be scorched if a hot object is set upon them. Corian is available in many color/pattern options.
Wood. Butcherblock countertops are often desired for their visual warmth, especially while painted cabinetry is still very in-demand. Maintenance is required with periodic oiling to prevent the wood from drying out and as to be expected wood countertops will scratch. Many who choose wood as a countertop material are doing so in select areas to lessen the upkeep.
Cultured Marble. This material is only available for bathroom applications. Cultured marble countertops are made of ground marble mixed with polyester resins. Although offered in a limited color selection the most advantageous aspect of a cultured marble countertop is the seamless integral sink making cleanup a breeze. There is a gloss and matte finish option and various sink styles offered. Cultured marble is a budget-friendly material.