Granite is an excellent countertop material and is enormously popular for use in today's kitchens. Granite countertops will work with virtually any style or color cabinet you choose. Whether installed as a slab or as tiles, granite is elegant and durable. Each piece of granite used for your countertop is unique in texture and veining, and enhances your kitchen like a piece of fine art.
Granite is a beautiful, quarried stone composed of quartz, mica, feldspar, and other minerals which give it a crystalline appearance and feel. It is available in a wide spectrum of colors ranging from green, gold, or brown to mauve, black, and white. Some kinds of granite have veining. Because each piece is different, hand-select the pieces you want for your countertop. Granite is available with polished (high gloss finish), brushed (smooth surface), honed (smooth, flat look), or flamed (roughened) surface finishes. This hard, long-lasting, stone countertop resists scratches, cuts, and scorching heat, but it should be sealed to avoid stains. However, even with all these good performance features, remember that this surface is stone. A glass or china plate dropped on it will break.
For a warm, casual kitchen look, opt for wood countertops. Both decorative and functional, this hardworking surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options, like laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so you don't have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. Most homeowners choose to mix wood countertops with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to provide a variety of prep surfaces.
The variety of natural stone being used for surfaces in homes today is truly staggering. Currently, the most popular are marble and soapstone.
The current darling of the design world, the gray-toned veining in Carrara or Calacatta marble isn't just aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to disguise wear and hide light stains. With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granites, marble is porous so staining can be a problem. Regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching will keep the creamy surface looking its best.
Highly stain and bacteria resistant, soapstone is a non-porous natural stone that's available in a range of gray tones from light to dark, all with subtle veining. Unlike other natural stones, it doesn't require yearly sealing but regular applications of mineral oil will help to disguise any surface scratches, add sheen and deepen the stone's color over time.
Aside from its sleek, streamlined appearance, glass countertops have many benefits. Glass can be cut into any shape and texture and the color options are endless. Although it's a pricier option, the popularity of glass countertops is on the rise thanks to its modern look. It's easy to keep clean and its non-porous surface makes it stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available. For durability, choose glass that's at least 1 inch thick and tempered.
A thick concrete countertop is the focal point in this modern kitchen designed by Rebekah Zaveloff. Concrete countertops are highly customizable — you can choose any stain color and texture. Concrete mixes well with many different materials, such as glass, tile and marble to create a one-of-a-kind look. Aside from its eye-pleasing appearance, it is energy efficient — when the temperature in your home rises, concrete captures the heat and releases it when the temperature cools down.
Choose a qualified company like S & W Kitchens to supply, fabricate, and install your countertops. A professional can help you select the right color and pattern for your decor and help you choose the right backsplash and sink style. We can also provide you with the edge profile you desire, finish the surface to bring out its unique characteristics and make sure your cabinets will support the weight.