When it comes to remodeling your kitchen and bathroom, one of the most important decisions you'll have to make is what type of countertops to use. There are a variety of materials available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Graniteand quartz are two of the most popular options, but there are also other materials such as quartzite, porcelain, solid-surface, butcherblock, wood, concrete, laminate, limestone, soapstone and marble. Granite is a natural stone that is cut from the ground into slabs.
It is durable and resistant to heat, scratches and stains. It can be ordered with a polished and shiny finish, a matte and polished finish or a special finish such as flamed or leather. Granite offers design flexibility due to its many color and finish options. Quartz is a manufactured material made by combining quartz crystals with a resin-based product.
It doesn't need to be sealed and its seams blend together very well. It is easy to clean and is resistant to heat, scratches and stains. Quartz has an almost infinite variety of colors and patterns available in brands such as Cambria, Silestone and many others.Quartzite is a solid, crystalline mass of mineral stone cut from the ground into slabs. It is harder than most knives and is more resistant to etching than marble.
The generally lighter and more subtle tones of quartzite give it design versatility.Porcelain and stone tiles can also be used for kitchen countertops, floors, sinks and splashes. While tile grout is prone to staining and sometimes cracking, both materials are remarkably durable and withstand high temperatures.Solid-surface countertops are made of solid synthetic material that can be molded into any shape or size. They are easy to clean and maintain but may not be ideal for big kitchen renovations due to their limited design flexibility.Butcherblock countertops and other wood countertops are still a popular choice in kitchens due to their warm look and feel. However, they require periodic sealing in order to maintain their appearance.Concrete countertops are a great way to enhance the elegant kitchen of a farmhouse or add a special touch to an industrial or modern kitchen.
They are durable but require regular sealing.Laminate countertops are still a very popular choice for many kitchens and bathrooms because they are affordable and come in the widest possible range of colors and designs.The best countertop for your bathroom or kitchen remodel will be one that simultaneously meets your wants and needs. At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, we offer custom cabinets, window treatments and countertops including solid-surface quartz and acrylic, natural stone, ceramic tiles, laminate, concrete, wood, marble, limestone, soapstone and quartzite.