Searching for the perfect countertop surface doesn’t have to be difficult. The secret to choosing the right material for your surfacing project is in giving preference to function over form. Choosing countertops based on looks alone is tempting, but a material’s durability, maintenance and cost are important factors to consider.The good news is that a wide selection of natural and synthetic materials are available that work well in any kitchen environment.
Natural Stone: Types Of Granite
With natural stone, both form and function can be served, but one must choose the stone wisely. You will then have a design that is not only attractive, but also functional.
When considering natural stone, Granite is a durable and versatile stone that is ideal for kitchen countertops. Granite is available in a variety of shades such as black, white, green, coral and beige. Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish results in a shiny look, while honing is soft and matte.
Granite comes in three basic patterns: solid, marbled, and speckled. Solid-looking granite has little variation in pattern. Instead, they maintain one similar look overall. This is a good option for small kitchens where busy-looking surfaces might make a room feel small.
Marbled granite has the look of marble. It has a smooth transition between color and texture that runs throughout the stone. A light-color granite can have a high-end feel similar to real marble.
Speckled granite shows a lot of variation in color and texture. They can provide dramatic visual interest to the kitchen and are a great accent to simple cabinetry.
Other Stone Choices
Other natural stone materials, like marble, quartzite, serpentine, limestone and soapstone, are softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care.Costs for granite depend on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone.
Engineered stone countertops come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops and are more durable and easier to maintain. Engineered stone won’t save any money over granite, as the two materials cost roughly the same.
Quartz Surfaces (Silestone, eco, CaesarStone, and Zodiaq) are environmentally friendly and fit into a commitment to respect and preserve our earth. Here are more good reasons to choose quartz for your countertop, tub surround, vanity, or hearth.
- Quartz is nonporous, so it resists bacteria and mold. Just wash with warm water. It’s that easy!
- Quartz is NSF and GreenGuard certified for use in food preparation areas.
- Quartz is naturally scratch and stain resistant. It’s so strong and durable, it’ll last a lifetime.
- And it’s affordable.
Solid Surface Coutertops
Solid surface countertops have a lot of appeal. They come in countless colors, are seamless, resist stains and scratches can be buffed out. But, solid surface countertops are not heat resistant.
Laminate is the most affordable countertop material on the market and comes in an array of colors and designs. Laminate can scorch if a hot pan touches the surface and has a reputation for scratching easily.At Home Design Center of Florida our line is built around fresh styling, a range of choices, quality workmanship and materials, all to bring you the best value. Come visit us and let us help find the perfect countertops for your kitchen and bathroom.
View Samples At Our Showroom
Before making a final decision on countertop material, visit our Stuart, FL showroom. Whether you prefer the durability and stain resistance of a solid surface or an economical, easy-to-clean laminate countertop, the Home Design Center of Florida offers a wide variety of options. We can also add a touch of style to your solid surface countertops with an integral sink or a beautiful, easy-to-clean backsplash.