Granite, Soapstone and Marble are the typical natural stones used for countertops. Natural stones are typically
the most expensive countertops; however being natural, they offer the broad range of color variations
occurring in nature. Hence every countertop of natural stone is unique. You select your material
from unlimited colors and pattern choices and it is fabricated to your specific requirements. You can
also choose from polished and honed finishes to achieve your desired look. Stone type determines
maintenance. Some stones are more porous than other requiring periodic sealing for optimum protection.
Known as "engineered stone" quartz surfaces consist of approximately 93 percent quartz
and 7 percent polymer binders and pigments and do not require sealing. These surfaces
retain much of the toughness of granite. Due to the polymer binders, these surfaces are
much more ductile than granite and hence have improved impact resistance. They are stain,
heat, chemical, and scratch resistant. I carry the following brands:
Solid Surface Acrylics
Solid-surface plastic acrylic or polyester materials are somewhat less durable than engineered quartz
surfaces; however, they are usually less expensive. These surfaces can scratch and be damaged by heat.
Although in most situations scratches can be buffed away. Solid surface acrylics are prefabricated at the
installer's shop. At your job, the plastic material is readily glued and the glue joints are then sanded,
leaving almost no visible trace of the joint. The edge treatment for solid-surface countertops can be very elaborate
With a number of edge details, backsplash and integrated sink options, these surfaces offer color palettes
that allow you to create aesthetically pleasing spaces without sacrificing easy care maintenance. I carry the following brands:
Wood is considered to be the most eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing a kitchen countertop, since
wood is a renewable resource. Wood countertops must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after
contact with foods such as raw meat. They should also be oil treated periodically. I carry Spekva wood countertops that
give you many edge detail options created from a selection of 20 wood species, including some exotic woods.