Granite, Quartz, Solid Surface, and Laminate Countertops
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Putting new countertops in any kitchen or bath is the easiest way to bring the luster back to your kitchen. We carry virtually every high quality material in the market Granite, Quartz, Solid Surface, Marble and Laminate. Our service, prices, and craftsmanship cannot be beat due to our strong relationships with the largest slab yards and stone distributors in Denver, Colorado.
We design, measure, template, cut and install all in house, so you know your project is in our hands from start to finish. Being able to manufacture in house not only provides jobs to people right here in Denver, Colorado but ensures your job gets done on time and the right way.
Kitchen Countertop “How To” Buying Guide
When it comes to kitchens, countertops are a major feature, one that is useful and stylish. If you’re building a new home or planning a kitchen remodel, making decisions about what countertop to place in the kitchen is especially tough due to the almost countless material and design options that are available today. To help you, we’ve put together this handy “How To” buying guide. For personalized guidance, be sure to call us at American Cabinet & Flooring, Inc.
For many years, homeowners have been choosing granite countertops when they want to update their kitchens. Granite countertops are even a main feature that many homebuyers look for when searching for a home to purchase. One of the main benefits of granite includes the material’s uniqueness. Every slab of granite is distinctive with its color shading, patterns, and lines. This variation lets you enjoy a countertop that no one else will be able to have. There are more than 200 different shades, so you’re sure to locate one that will work well with your other kitchen elements, including flooring, cabinets, and wall color.
When you select granite, you’ll be giving your kitchen an upscale look and adding value to your home. Granite is extremely durable. It could last for several decades since it’s not susceptible to dents or scratches. The only materials that are strong enough to damage the stone is another piece of it or a diamond. The material is heat and stain-resistant as well. However, for it to withstand everyday use, it’s important to seal it properly. If you select granite, be sure to contact a professional company to ensure that your granite is installed properly and sealed.
We stock hundreds of slabs of natural stone in our warehouse, giving our customers an almost limitless selection of patterns, grain textures and colors imported from the quarries all over the world. Granite is beautiful, durable and the preferred choice of designers, contractors and homeowners. Nothing improves the value and style of a home like granite.
Whether you’re building a new house or remodeling, natural stone offers you unparalleled beauty, permanence, and uniqueness – and adds true value to your home. See what others are saying about natural stone:
Natural stone is a key part of two of the top 10 elements of design in the home that are resonating with today’s buyers: the desire for low-maintenance/no-maintenance materials and the use of natural materials inside and outside the home.
— Builder Magazine/National Association of Home Builders
Homeowners who remodel recover the following percentages of their remodeling costs at resale (note: upscale projects include stone):
- Bathroom remodel-upscale: 92.6%
- Bathroom addition-upscale: 84.3%
- Kitchen remodel-upscale: 79.6%
— Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling Magazine
In a study of materials for kitchen countertops, granite had the highest number of “excellent” ratings of any surface.
— Consumer Reports
As wonderful and beautiful as the stone is, there are few things to consider. If you fail to seal it properly, then it will stain. Along with this, poorly sealed countertops permit bacteria to grow in the pores. To avoid these issues, seal the countertops annually. The material is heavy, so you’ll also need to purchase durable cabinetry. The stone can chip or crack if a particularly heavy item falls onto it. A repair specialist can resolve these issues, but they may never be quite the same. Contact us at American Cabinet & Flooring, Inc. to learn more about granite.
Every bit as beautiful and durable as the original slab, they are perfect for smaller jobs like bathroom vanities, islands, tabletops, coffee tables, etc.
Quartz is a popular alternative to granite and is manufactured from resin and tinted with a color. This option is a great compromise if you want something that looks like granite but offers the low maintenance of solid surface countertops. Quartz gives you the same benefits as hard surface countertops. They also offer lots of variety. You can get the material in many different colors and designs. Often, people find it tough to determine the difference between a high-quality manufactured countertop and one that’s marble or another type of stone. When you go with a manufactured resin, you can even get one that’s a bit more contemporary since they may include metallic flecks or recycled glass.
Engineered stone is made of 93% crushed quartz, which is combined with high-quality polymer resins and pigments and then compacted under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure into dense, non-porous slabs.
Quartz is found in great abundance on the planet and is also one of its strongest materials. In fact, only three other minerals on Earth are harder – Sapphires, topaz and diamonds. This makes your quartz countertop very difficult to scratch or chip.
Quartz countertops are non-porous; therefore, they are highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, as well as many other common household products. Its non-porous nature also makes it more difficult for bacteria, mold and mildew to grow, and also means it does not need to be sealed or treated to keep its lustrous shine.
Unlike many other types of countertops, engineered stone is heat-resistant and will withstand limited exposure to heat without burning or scorching. All of this adds up to a surface that is virtually maintenance-free.
A big benefit of choosing a factory-made composite material is that it is nonporous and homogenous. These features eliminate the defects that weaken natural stone slabs. It also means that you don’t have to seal them. Factory-made materials are more sanitary, making them a great choice for your kitchen or bathroom. They are also almost twice as scratch resistant as granite countertops. Plus, this type of product is more affordable.
A con to the countertop material is that you should not use them for your outdoor kitchens because if they are exposed to sunlight for long periods, they will become damaged. Along with this, the material is more susceptible to heat, so if you choose the manufactured material, you’ll want to be cautious when setting down hot pans. Sometimes, there are size limitations to the material. Standard slabs measure 65.5 inches wide and 132 inches long, which means that if you have an oversized countertop, you’ll need a seam. Stone and other natural materials don’t have this limitation. At American Cabinet & Flooring, we can answer any questions that you have about your kitchen or countertop.
Solid Surface Countertops
Solid surface countertops have been available for more than 50 years. The material option is a kitchen and bathroom mainstay. Basic hard surface countertop materials remain popular because of the look that they provide and their overall affordability. Another great feature is that you can resurface it with a simple orbital sander. Visually, it doesn’t have the depth of genuine stone, but it looks like it more than other countertop materials do. Solid countertops are what many homeowners wind up choosing after considering the highs and lows of the material.
This type of product started with Corian. The idea was to create a material that displayed the appearance of natural stone but was nonporous. If you were to cut open a piece of stone, you’d see a gorgeous yet chaotic blend of particles forming it. As lovely as it is, this characteristic of stone provides various channels for breaking and cracking, which is something that doesn’t happen with a solid countertop. This kind of material is consistent from top to bottom.
The pros of solid countertops include that they’re mainly nonporous. While no surface is completely nonporous, solid materials like Corian come close. This type of countertop limits bacteria growth, so it’s a good option if you need a cleaner kitchen environment. Hard countertops offer visual durability because they withstand wear and tear better than other materials. Solid countertops will scratch if you slide a knife or something sharp across it, but you can repair it with a sander and fine grain sandpaper.
The cons of solid countertops are that they aren’t as strong as other types of materials leading to scratches and knicks. This issue means that you should use cutting boards when cooking. They are also susceptible to heat deformation. It will hold up fine against the heat of boiling water, but you shouldn’t subject them to anything hotter.
Custom solid surface countertops offer a unique balance of beauty and durability. Available in many colors, solid surface is an advanced blend of natural materials and pure acrylic polymer used to create a seamless, clean, stylish look for your kitchen and bath countertops.
Solid surface countertops are easy to clean, retain their original beauty for many years and look great with brass, tile, and granite.
Laminate countertops are the most affordable countertops that you can buy. To construct them, manufacturers lay plastic and bonding onto craft paper or particleboard. When the two materials come together, they form a laminate. Along with its affordability, the material comes in many different colors, patterns, and designs. You’ll easily find one that will enhance your kitchen.
Since laminate surfaces are non-porous, minimizing contact with bacteria and allowing for easy cleanup.
Laminate’s low cost combined with the latest designer patterns and colors makes it easy and affordable to change your countertop to be right in style with today’s trends.
The material option is not as durable as some of the others on this list. However, it will withstand some heat and damage. Keep in mind that the material is plastic, so if you’re not careful, it can melt. The product is easy to keep clean, and you’ll be able to avoid creating stains by wiping up spills right away. This type of countertop material is easy to install because it’s lightweight, making it highly maneuverable. It also imitates more expensive materials, which allows you to give your kitchen a high-end look without the price.
The material’s biggest downside is that it can be damaged. Avoid the issue by using heat resistant cloths when setting down pots and using cutting boards during food preparation. A plastic countertop is not great for resell either. If you’re installing a new countertop to sell your home, we recommend going with something that offers more value to buyers.
Choosing the Right Countertop Material for Your Kitchen
The kitchen is the center of your home, and most people consider it the most important. These factors make it a tough room to design and remodel. When choosing your countertops, consider the size of your kitchen, budget, and how much effort you’re willing to put into maintenance. If you need more information about kitchen countertop material options, then reach out to us at American Cabinet & Flooring. We can help!