Due to its durability, heat resistance, non-porous quality, and scratch resistance, quartz counters are popular choice. Made from quartz crystals, the quartz is ground down into smaller pieces. Precious metals, mirror, or bits of glass can be added, to create varying styles. The mixture is then formed into a slab and cured in an oven. While being pressed into a slab, all air is pressed out, which is responsible for the non-porous nature of the materials. Quartz, unlike granite, does not need to be sealed. However, it is not as heat resistant granite.
Solid surface materials are man-made acrylic products. There are many brands and patterns available. Solid surface counters are non-porous, but they do not have a glossy shine like that of granite, quartz, or some laminates. While the companies may advertise them as heat resistant (meaning is won't be damaged with the heat from cooking), these surfaces will be damaged by placing a hot pot or baking dish on top. However, if the material does end up scratched, that damage can be buffed out. In addition, this material stands up to use with harsh chemicals. This makes it ideal for use in showers, particularly in homes with hard water that require stronger cleansers.
Granite is a vibrant, patterned stone available in countless varieties and colors. Slabs come from all over the world, including Brazil, India, Russia, Italy, Norway, Africa, Canada, and the US. It comes in a thickness of either 2 centimeters or 3 centimeters. Important considerations for granite counters includes the strength of the substructure, as granite slabs can be quite heavy. Granite is heat resistant, but it is a porous material that we seal with a coating generally expected to last 20 years. Because this coating can be worn away by harsh chemicals, we recommend using soap and water, or special cleaning products. Due to the porous nature of granite, even with a seal added, any liquid left too long on the surface may slowly start to seep in through the seal, though this varies based on the granite.
However, the maintenance is easier than most customers believe. We can provide you with a specific cleaner made for granite. It helps bring back the glossy shine which can be lost after repeated cleaning with soap and water. In addition, the cleaner acts as a sealer; after a few uses, this cleaner will strengthen you seal even further.
Granite is usually divided up into 5 groups which reflect price, with group 1 being the least expensive. Prices vary based on the minerals within the slabs, availability, pattern complexity, and the supply size. As such, many granite slabs can be purchased for less than a comparably patterned quartz.
A natural stone, marble has a classic, recognizable look desired by many. It’s prices are within the range of granite, though rarer types are of course pricier. However, marble is softer, porous material, and is easier to scratch and dull with acids. It also stains due to its porous nature and, like granite, must be sealed. However, even after repeated sealing, marble is prone to staining and scratching. While many like the patina marble will take on after a few years, not everyone does. It’s a good idea to consider how neat you are, if those that share the space with you will take care of it as well, and if you can live with the patina as it occurs.
Soapstone is a natural, quarried stone. It is chemically resistant, and does not need to be sealed, but is instead treated with mineral oil. While strong, soapstone can be scratched and dented, and it is not as heat resistant as granite. The prices, like those of granite, vary. But prices are generally within the same range as granite.
Laminate counter tops have changed over the years. Now, many laminate patterns are made to resemble natural stone, with full sheets bearing a similar pattern to a full granite slab. Laminate counter tops are actually made of two parts: a plastic laminate sheet that is bonded to a wood substrate. The wide number of choices make it easier to find a specific pattern or look suited to your individual taste. In addition, due to laminate having a much lower price point, it is quick and easy to replace your counters every few years for a fresh new look. While laminate is a cheaper alternative, it is not heat resistant nor as durable as granite or quartz. But with care, these counters can last decades.
At Kegg's Kreations, we have two options for customers seeking laminate countertops. Projects meeting specific layout and size criteria came be fabricated with a rolled front edge and
backsplash in a variety of edge profiles.
When choosing a counter top, one of the most important decisions is what kind of edge to get.
Available granite and quartz edges are as follows (click to see larger):
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