Replacing a scratched, stained, or just plain unattractive countertop can transform any kitchen or bathroom. Fortunately, there are lots of options!
Quartz: This mirrors the look of stone but needs less maintenance. Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz, it is a combination of mineral, color, and resin that comes in vivid colors or patterns that look like granite and marble. The best material for a countertop in terms of maintenance is engineered stone, Quartz.
Granite: Each slab of this natural material is unique, with rare colors and veining. Most heat and scratches don’t harm granite. Polished and matte finishes resist most stains when properly sealed, so periodic resealing is needed to fend off stains. Granite defines elegance in a kitchen. Even modest kitchens seem like luxury spaces when enhanced by the beauty of granite countertops.
Soapstone, Limestone, and Marble: Soapstone isn’t as common as granite, and it’s excellent at resisting heat damage. Small scratches can be repaired by sanding finely and applying mineral oil. Limestone and marble are classic materials. Because no two sheets of marble are exactly the same, each marble countertop will be entirely unique. Limestone also has a natural-stone look without heavy veining, and it resists heat.
Laminate: An Inexpensive solution, and so much better-looking than you probably remember, thanks to new printing technology and decorative edges. Laminate offers thousands of colors, patterns, and styles now. Cutting directly on it can easily and permanently damages laminate, so you have to be careful with this product, and must use a cutting board. However, they are just as stain-proof and easy to clean as ever.
If you are looking to update your kitchen or bathroom countertops, Antonis Construction is here to help! Call us for a free estimate, 707.280.5740.