It can be a daunting task to determine what kitchen countertop for bathroom vanity option is right for you. We know that your kitchen is the heart of your home. Whether you choose a traditional countertop design or something more modern your new kitchen countertops represent a big investment.
We have created this section of the website to provide our customers with more information on some of the most popular countertops available. We have tried to make this list as comprehensive as possible. But, if there is something you do not see please do not hesitate contacting us to let us know.
Granite countertops are among some of the most popular kitchen countertop options. Granite is an incredibly strong natural stone due to the way it is formed. Formed deep within the Earth, the slow cooling process of magma causes the tightly packed grains to be created.
Granite primarily composed of quartz and feldspar. Incredibly, these components are actuallyharder than steel granite slabs come in a wide variety of granite colors: pinkish, salt-and-pepper white, deep black and every color in between. Some of the top names you'll see for granite countertops colors include the following: Uba Tuba, Juparana Beach, Giallo Fiesta, Canadian Gold, Amber Yellow, Blue Pearl, Baltic Brown, Ferro Gold, Typhoon Green, Golden Silver, and many more.
Due to it's composition granite also handles heat quite well. That's why you see granite used in fireplace surrounds & mantles. In the kitchen, granite can take the heat of hot pots & pans under normal circumstances. But please remember that granite is not indestructible. Rapid temperature changes can cause this natural stone to crack. Heavy wear can also cause these countertops to chip.
Quartz countertops are man-made. Because of this you may hear quartz countertops referred to as engineered stone countertops. Quartz counters are made up of around 90% or more of the ground quartz in addition to pigments, polymers, and resins. These counters can have a very granite-like appearance if the quartz was ground coarsely during the manufacturing process. If the quartz is finely ground during manufacturing the counter top has a much more smooth appearance.
Quartz countertops have become more and more popular in recent times do a large part to new manufacturing techniques and lower cost when compared to natural stone counter top options. Quartz countertops also require less maintenance and they don't require sealing or resealing.
Many quartz countertops produced mimic the look of natural stone surfaces but because of the way they are manufactured they can come in any number of nontraditional color variations. Some of the top brands for quartz countertops include: Cambria, CaesarStone, and Silestone. We have also noticed a trend of quartz countertop manufacturers developing direct relationships with regional distributors to develop their own branded quartz options.
When choosing one of these lesser known brands it's a good idea to research unbiased reviews of the product you are looking at. Be sure to closely review any warranty information provided by the manufacturer. When in doubt... Don't hesitate contacting us so we can help.
Marble countertops are softer when compared to granite counters or quartz. However with proper sealing and maintenance marble countertops can be a great choice for kitchen counters or bathroom vanities.
Marble has a distinctive swirling pattern because of the way it is formed. There is a certain translucency you will see in these types of counters. You will not find the specs of color in marble like you do with granite. However, marble typically features more consistent veins and a stronger pattern.
Marble Durability: As a metamorphic stone marble is porous. Expect some etching and light staining over time unless you are extremely careful. This may sound bad but it's really not. This is a natural stone product after all. This weathering through normal wear and tear adds softness & character to many kitchen remodel designs. Your decision between honed or polished finish also makes a big impact on the visibility of etches and stains.
Soap stone countertops are a dense and nonporous natural stone option. Colors range from white to dark gray with varying degrees of veining. Don't expect any color variation here. Soapstone counter color ranges are within the greyscale. Overtime soapstone counter tops will darken naturally. This darkening can also be achieved by a light coat of mineral oil which also serves to highlight any veining.
Soapstone Maintenance: Soapstone counters do not require sealer. Soapstone countertops are fairly soft and cutting directly on these counters should be avoided. In the event your counters are etched the unique characteristics of soapstone allows you to just buff them out. Many home owners will even choose to leave etches untouched as they believe it adds to the natural characteristics of this stone and to its patina.