As you begin planning for your next kitchen or bathroom build or remodel, there are many factors that play a role in the project, such as design, labor, timing, and budget. And, one of the biggest areas is sure to be the question of materials.
Focusing specifically on countertops, we all know we need to look at the expected use of the countertop and the needs of the user. As a result, an imperative question to ask is: what is the right countertop material for this project?
Because there are a plethora of options available, let’s take a deeper dive into countertop material options to be able to best answer.
Natural stone, such as granite, is heat resistant, long lasting, and durable. Sealing is generally required, as well as regular maintenance, to uphold the appearance through the years. Granite is available in a large variety of colors and patterns giving a custom look to every installation. Because granite is cut into long slabs, there are very few seams. Tower Industries has sophisticated software allowing us to digitally select the placement of seams to keep the look flowing nicely.
A blend of quartz and added pigments creates quartz surfacing, which has the look and feel of natural stone. Available in a variety of color and texture options, quartz also offers uniformity in color, unlike natural stone. Quartz is heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, and does not require sealing.
A modern choice, stainless steel is resistant to heat, bacteria, and stains. The material can be susceptible to dents, which could be difficult to repair. Additionally, very regular cleaning is required, as the surface is susceptible to smudges, streaks, and fingerprints. An analysis of the end user and frequency of use would be best advised when selecting this material, which could work quite well in the appropriate kitchen.
Available in hundreds of colors, textures, and patterns, solid surface countertops are resistant to stains, scratches, and moisture. Solid surface is durable, repairable, and virtually maintenance free. Any potential scratches can be sanded away. With solid surface countertops, the design possibilities are endless. This beautiful material can be made to resemble stone or concrete, and can be manufactured to create almost any custom countertop imaginable.
Made with a thin plastic resin covering plywood, laminate is durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean. The lowest cost option, this material is available in hundreds of colors and patterns, and can be made to mimic stone, metal, and wood. Scratches and cracks, though, cannot be repaired.
A great-looking option, tile is classy and available in a variety of colors. Unfortunately, the installation is more complex due to grouting, and regular maintenance is required with re-grouting, deep cleaning, and sealants. Tile is also susceptible to chips, cracks, and staining in the grouting area. An option is to utilize this material in a secondary area, such as the backsplash or on a kitchen island.
Wood is a natural beauty and is always striking in appearance. The material must be sealed or oiled regularly, though. Wood can also be vulnerable to stains, heat, and moisture, so like tile, might be better suited for a secondary area.
Made to resemble natural stone, concrete is available in a variety of colors and is cured and finished to provide a smooth and flat surface. Concrete requires regular maintenance, must be sealed, and is extremely heavy, so is often times saved for projects where the customer specifically requests it.
In the end, the final countertop material decision weighs on the amount of tolerable maintenance by the user in comparison to the desired appearance and durability. All of these materials have pros and cons that must be analyzed, yet solid surface countertops have a tendency to rise to the top of the list. Being virtually maintenance-free, offering many beautiful and custom options, and providing long lasting durability, solid surface is a countertop material that just might solve all needs for your project.
Wondering which material is right for your next project? Contact us today to discuss all the options Tower has to offer!