QUARTZ

Quartz is a beautiful and low maintenance engineered stone surface that is perfect for bathrooms and kitchen countertops.

Quartz contains 93 percent natural quartz and 7 percent other raw materials, such as binding resin, to make a material that is much harder, more durable and easier to care for than any other countertop material. These characteristics, combined with the stunning natural beauty of quartz, make it an excellent pick for homeowners.

The benefits of quartz countertops include:

There is a large variety of style and color options. Because quartz is engineered in a variety of ways, there is an endless variety of options from which to choose. Whether you’re searching for traditional, classic or modern style quartz – you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit.

Stain Resistant: Quartz is a non-porous surface that is highly resistant to staining. Worry less about spills and “Oops!”

Hard/Durable: Engineered with binding resins, quartz is more durable and harder than many other countertop materials. Quartz is highly resistant to cracking and chipping.

Natural Luster: Engineered quartz contains natural glass and stone. When light bounces of the surface of quartz material, it’s a stunning visual!

Texture: Quartz is engineered with different textures – choose from a variety of options to choose the perfect one for you.

These qualities combine to make quartz an ideal material pick for bathrooms and kitchens. For beautiful, low maintenance and durable countertop or backsplash option – quartz is the perfect pick!

GRANITE

Granite has always been one of the most popular choices for countertops because it is durable, beautiful and timeless.

If you’re searching for countertop material for your new bathroom or kitchen, granite could be the perfect fit for you! It’s natural beauty, color variation and durability makes it an excellent option for any kitchen or bathroom.

Granite is a natural stone found within Earth’s crust. Therefore, no granite slab will ever contain the exact patterns, veins, swirls and specks as another. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. There are endless possibilities to choose from, and each slab is unique. Granite is best picked in person as each slab of granite will vary.

Granite countertops are perfect for bathroom and kitchens. It is a non-porous stone which makes it easy to clean and less susceptible to residual bacteria, mold, and mildew. Granite is also highly heat, scratch, and stain resistant – perfect for high traffic areas.

Granite varies in price and is differentiated by levels. It’s levels range from 1 – 5 and help to determine the cost and availability of a particular granite stone. For more information on cost, granite levels and how best to pick out your granite slab, we are here to help!

MARBLE

Marble has been a design favorite for centuries. It’s timeless, beautiful and is an excellent addition for any home, kitchen or bathroom.

As with any natural stone, there are both pros and cons to consider when choosing marble countertops for your home:

Cons: Marble is a porous, high-maintenance surface. As a naturally soft stone, marble is susceptible to staining agents like wine, oil, and juice. It must be professionally treated with a sealant approximately every six months. Marble can also be easily scratched. Acidic liquids may etch the stone’s surface leaving a dull, whitish mark. Many homeowners who choose marble, recognize that marble must be maintained. Or they prefer the “well-loved” look that marble has after use.

Pros: The most apparent benefit of marble is its beauty. This natural stone features soft and feminine veins throughout its surface, and no two marble slabs will ever be the same. Marble is also heat-resistant. Although we recommend always using a heating pad under hot pans. It will stay cool and crisp throughout the entire day (great for baking!).

SOLID SURFACE

Solid surface is a manufactured material most commonly used for seamless countertop installations.

It is the same solid surface the entire way through, unlike its counterpart laminate. It is frequently referred to or known as Corian (a popular manufacturer). Solid surface countertops are about 33 percent binding resins and 66 percent mineral. The idea behind its invention was to have a surface that looked reasonably like natural stone. However, unlike stone, solid surface countertops are non-porous and more cost-efficient than other stone countertops.

Pros: Non-Porous: No surface is entirely non-porous, but solid surface come as close to being non-porous as possible. Therefore, solid surface keeps bacteria away leaving a more sanitary countertop environment.
Easy to Repair: Solid surfaces can scratch, but those scratches can be easily buffed out.

Cons: Sensitive to Heat: Hot pots and pans should never be placed directly on a solid surface countertop
Easily Dents: Solid surface materials are easy to scratch and dent as they are a soft material than quartz or granite.

LAMINATE

Laminate countertops are easily maintained and more affordable than other types of countertop materials.

Laminate is a man-made material consisting of multiple layers. It is not one solid block of material like solid surface countertops.

Laminate has continually gotten better over time, with more realistic stone patterns. It is an excellent application for bathrooms, kitchens and commercial spaces. When considering laminate countertops, here are some things you need to know:

Pros: Waterproof, Stain-resistant, wide variety of color options, low-maintenance and inexpensive.

Cons: Not heatproof, will crack and scratch, difficult to repair.

For more information on laminate countertops, schedule a free in-home consultation today!

WOOD

Solid wood counter, butcher block countertops, and wood veneer countertops are good countertop options.

Wood countertops introduce a natural, warm look into their space. Wood is an excellent choice for kitchens island tops and home offices. But one must understand the pros and cons of a wood countertop surface before choosing it for their homes.

Pros: Natural beauty, warm to the touch, suitable for food preparation like chopping/prep surface, gentle on delicate glassware, china, and knives

Cons: Easily damaged by burns, dents, spills, and scratches, requires a food-safe protective sealer, needs regular maintenance, will discolor if installed improperly around the sink

There are many types of wood counter tops from which to choose. The color options are endless, and you’ll find the perfect one for your home. Be aware; if a wood countertop is sealed improperly, it offers a porous surface where germs will hide. If the wood surface is not treated with mineral oil or another protectant often, damage can occur. Using a separate cutting board will help save your countertop surfaces from scratches, dents and water damage.

Learn more about wood surfaces by scheduling a free in-home estimate today!