The Perfect Countertop?

Is there such a thing as the perfect countertop material? While many countertop materials are perfectly suited for specific applications, not all surfaces are perfect for all clients' kitchens. It's important to look at the pros and cons of each in order to match up the right material with the right project.  For instance, there are materials that are beautiful, but can be high maintenance. While others may be economical, but not as durable as a client might need it to be. 

Natural stone has long been the number one choice for upscale designs and durability.  Marble, limestone, granite and others fall into this category and need to be sealed regularly to protect from staining. It can be fun to explore the many finishes that are now available, such as honed, leathered and antiqued to name a few. 

Quartz surfacing is an engineered stone that is comprised of 95% quartz crystals and 5% polymer resin.  This is a highly durable material that is non-porous and does not need to be sealed.  There are many colors to choose from many manufacturers such as Caesarstone, Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq and Chroma to name a few.  All of these materials come with manufacturers’ warranties and many are made with recycled content.

Acrylic solid surface material such has Dupont Corian, LG Hi-Macs and Staron offer a solid choice in countertop and shower surfacing materials at a value price.  These materials are non-porous and can be fabricated with integral sinks and invisible seams. This material is renewable and repairable in the event deep scratches or burns occur.  These materials also come with manufacturer’s warranties and offer hundreds of colors to choose from. 

Wood countertops are a wonderful addition to any kitchen.  They offer a warm texture that compliments any design strategy – traditional or modern.  Wood is available in many different species including domestic, exotic, sustainable or reclaimed.  This material should be treated with oil or a wax and can be resanded if scratching or cuts occur.

Recycled materials such as paper, glass or metal shavings can create quite a conversation piece.  These maerials are made of  85% - 100% recycled content.  They can be used by themselves or as an accent piece.  As these options are eco-friendly, they can be a premium price compared to other materials.

One should look at the pros and cons of each material and make a determination for themselves.  Request samples of the ones you are interested in and take them home to see how they look in your lighting. 

For more countertop ideas and information, visit us at www.surfaceartcountertops.com or give us a call at 707-431-7693.  We are happy to visit your project and offer some ideas in countertops.