When it comes to countertops, you have many options. You’ll certainly want to select a beautiful countertop surface that suits your style. But it’s also important to consider its strength and durability, its ease of cleaning, and its care and maintenance needs.
Quartz is an engineered stone product made up of resin, natural quartz, and other minerals. Because it is manmade, the patterns and colors are more consistent than granite. Quartz countertops are stain, chip, and scratch resistant, as well as food safe. And, unlike granite, quartz requires no maintenance or sealing. We carry Cambria quartz, an American made and family-owned brand.
Granite is a natural material, and no two slabs are the same. For this reason, we always recommend choosing your own slab as opposed to choosing from a sample or photo. Granite is extremely durable and resistant to heat, moisture and staining. As it is a porous material, granite needs to be sealed for installation and resealed routinely for its life.
Butcher block countertops are both stylish and functional. The natural wood creates a rustic feel and can add an unexpected contrast to a more modern kitchen design. Because wood is porous, a butcher block countertop should be cleaned after every use. You’ll also need to treat the surface with mineral oil to protect the natural wood and use sandpaper to smooth any nicks or scratches that may occur. We carry John Boos butcher block surfaces.
Solid-surface countertops consist of mineral dust (mostly marble) mixed with plastic resins and pigments. Solid surface’s main appeal is that it’s easy to fabricate and can create invisible seams, integrated sinks, and backsplashes. Though it’s more prone to damage or stain than stone, it is easily repairable and easy to clean. We carry Corian brand countertops by DuPont, a company well-regarded for its science and innovation.
Laminate countertops have come a long way from the simple colors and easily scratched surfaces they became known for in the 70’s and 80’s. We carry Formica and Wilsonart laminates; both lines are 400-500% more durable than they were 30 years ago. Laminate comes in a variety of colors and styles, many of which are created to look like granite, marble, and other high-end materials (for a fraction of the cost of stones and quartz!).
Planning Your Budget
How much does a new kitchen cost? As you can imagine, pricing varies greatly. Factors include the size of your space, the cabinetry you choose, your countertop surface, and your hardware. To provide you with a frame of reference, we’ve prepared sample pricing across our three cabinetry lines and countertop surfaces.