COUNTERTOPS

Countertops are considered the jewel of the kitchen. Today there is a vast selection of materials to choose from for your project. Like cabinetry, there is a countertop for every budget.

Laminate

Laminate countertops are constructed with a thin sheet of plastic resin covering a plywood or particleboard base. Advancements in printing technology and edge options allow laminate to mimic many natural materials.

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops mimic the look of natural stone, but without the maintenance. Solid surface offers a variety of color possibilities and design options.

Pros: Stain resistant

  • Easy to clean
  • Low cost

Cons: Heat damage

  • Not scratch resistant
  • Susceptible to moisture damage

Pros: Moisture resistant

  • Does not fade or age
  • Easy to clean
  • Virtually seamless     once installed


 Cons: Can be scorched

  • Does not stain
  • Easily repairable


Natural Stone (Granite & Marble)

Stone is a durable material that stands up to the demands of an active kitchen. Stone's natural variations in color and textures make each countertop unique. The most popular stones are marble and granite, but soapstone is also commonly used

Soapstone

Another natural material used for countertops, soapstone has attributes that make it an appealing option. Soapstone fits the character of old New England and made its debut in many of our classic farm homes in the early part of the century

Pros: Durable and long lasting

  • Classic material
  • Heat resistant

Cons: Naturally porous Naturally porous (needs to be sealed)

  • Naturally porous (needs to be sealed)

Pros: Durable and long lasting

  • Does not stain
  • Easily repairable
  • Heat resistant


Cons:Requires treatments

  • Scratches easily
  • Softer stone can chip or dent

 

Quartz 

This engineered surface is a blend of quartz and pigments that have the look and feel of natural stone. They are available in a variety of colors and textures. Traditionally only available in uniform patterns, some manufacturers are now offering even the movement of natural stone.

Wood 

Wood countertops add instant warmth and charm to your project. Butcher block is the most common type of wood countertop, but crafted wood slabs are also available. Wood is great as a prep-area surface.

Pros: Non-porous

  • Heat resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Easy to clean

Cons: Doesn’t have the natural look of real stone

  • Costs as much a real stone

Pros: Withstands cutting and chopping without dulling knives

  • Long-lasting and  timeless material

Cons: Vulnerable to heat, moisture, acid, and stains

  • Expands or contracts  with climate change
  • Requires sealing and   regular maintenance

Stainless Steel

Commonly used in commercial applications, stainless steel is a versatile surface. Its industrial look often makes its way into contemporary design, but can also find a home in any natural décor.