We are proud to offer a large selection of types and style of countertops. Again, we love to offer clients a wide array of choices to not only fit their personality but also their budget. But countertops, just like cabinets, are an investment, so we want to make sure that you are making the right selection for your living space. Below we have itemized, and described, some of the most popular types of countertop, along with a list of Pro’s and Con’s for each type
Granite is the countertop material of choice when there are no other things to think about – like money. It defines elegance in a kitchen. The beauty of the stone contributes to the beauty of even the most modest kitchen.
Pros: Can be very affordable, holds up to heat; comes in beautiful colors; looks permanent and substantial
Cons: Unique patterns can be expensive, requires maintenance, including periodic sealing; absorbs stains; can crack; limited range of colors available
Solid surface is made by blending acrylic polymers (basically plastic) and stone-derived materials. Because solid surface counters are just what they’re called, solid in material and color, any scratches can be sanded out. The countertops are custom-made to your specifications using materials from companies such as Staron, Corian, and Hanex.
Pros: Comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns; seamless; stain resistant; come with a warranty.
Cons: Vulnerable to heat which can damage the surface; can be moderately expensive.
Quartz, engineered stone, is composed of quartz particles and resins. It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. It’s easy to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. Brands on the market include DuPont Zodiaq, Hanstone, and Silestone.
Pros: Resistant to acid and staining; easy care
Cons: Can be expensive
Laminate counters bear trademarks such as Formica, Wilsonart, and Nevamar. They’re made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that’s easy to clean. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends.
Pros: You can buy laminates in lots of colors; easy to maintain; durable; inexpensive.
Cons: Scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair; seams show.