Things to Know When Considering a New Countertop

Granite Countertops

  • High Variation 
  • Seamsing is required
  • Must be sealed
  • Succeptable to staining and etching.
  • Extremely durable, scratch resistant, and impervious to water and heat.

Quartz Countertops (Engineered Stone)

  • Man-Made non-porous material, made from a mixture of 93% quartz and 7% resin binders and pigments.
  • Sealing is not necessary.
  • Mold & Mildew Resistant Extremely hygienic
  • It has a similar appearance of natural stone, but with a consistent pattern and color.
  • Seams are visible as is the case with natural stone.
  • It is durable but not indestructible. It is resistant to stains. It can be damaged by high heat and prolonged exposure to heat. Strong chemicals will damage the surface.

Solid surface

  • Solid surface is a 100% acrylic man made material which is colored by resins.
  • It has a uniform and consistent appearance.
  • Seams are invisible
  • Non-porous
  • Easy to scratch but scratches can be sanded by certified technician.
  • Virtually maintenance free

Wood Countertops

  • Construction methods are face grain, edge grain, or end grain construction. End grain is the strongest.
  • Wood is subject to changes in moisture and temperature.
  • Properly sealed and maintained wood tops are durable, but it is important to follow care and maintenance instructions for your specific type of finish.
  • Do not expose to heat or extreme cold or moisture.
  • Will dent and scratch

Concrete Countertops

  • Concrete slabs normally come in solid gray or sand shades, but can be stained any color.
  • Can be made to look like wood, marble, or granite.
  • If properly sealed, they are resistant to water and stains.
  • It is not heat resistant. Hot cookware can permanently damage the seal.
  • Avoid using abrasive soaps or cleaners because they can cause scratches or mild damage.
  • Concrete countertops are prone to cracking

Stainless Steel Countertops

  • Manufacturers fabricate countertops from sheets of stainless steel adhered to a substrate (plywood or MDF)
  • Stainless is highly resistant to damage from water, heat, and many corrosive materials.
  • It can receive dents and scratches
  • Stainless steel countertops are the most hygienic material available.
  • Fingerprints and smudges stand out on the shiny surface. Matte, satin, brushed, and etched finishes help hide fingerprints as well as the inevitable dings and scratches.

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