When you're installing new countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, the number of options available can be daunting. Not only do you have to worry about the style you're trying to achieve, but you also have to consider what you are going to be using your countertop for. The material you select may be great for a guest bathroom, but awful for a kitchen island in terms of maintenance and care.
At Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center, we help you weigh the options of different countertop styles and the materials to best match form and function.
Granite countertops exude elegance in any home. Granite comes in a range of almost 3,000 colors and carries a weight that ensures it will last a lifetime. While granite is usually associated with a high price tag, its increasing popularity has reduced costs.
Granite is a good choice for kitchen countertops, especially if you plan to use your kitchen primarily to prepare food. With a high hardness rating, granite countertops are very resistant to scratches and other damage.
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Quartz and Engineered Stone Countertops
Quartz is an engineered stone available in even more colors than granite! It has a nonporous surface that resists scratching and staining, and is low-maintenance. Quartz does not require annual sealing like natural stone. Its longevity and beauty make it a viable option for many homeowners.
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DuPont Corian® and solid surface countertops are solid acrylic you can mold into any size and shape. Because it’s a solid surface, damages can be repaired easily. Scratches can be buffed out by hand, cigarette burns can be sanded away, and severe damage can be repaired almost every time. The solid plastic surface is nonporous and makes the material resistant to food and liquid stains. Better yet, the surface will inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and germs.
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Ceramic Tile Countertops
Durable and easy to clean, ceramic tile provides an inexpensive countertop option popular with many homeowners. You can design tile countertops with almost any pattern and/or color scheme. Ceramic countertops require a bit more care than other materials, as the individual tiles can chip or crack and grout lines in between the tiles can become stained. However, you can easily replace individual tiles.
Laminate countertops are made of synthetics cut to size and finished on the ends. Easy to clean and maintain, laminate countertops are inexpensive and available in a variety of colors. Unfortunately, chips or scratches can be very difficult to repair, and seams often show after bonding.
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Wood or Butcher Block Countertops
For that classic country look, wood countertops provide warmth unmatched by other materials. Hardwoods such as maple or oak are the most common choices for wood counters. While water and stains can damage them over time, wood countertops are easy to clean and can be sanded and resealed as needed.
Stainless Steel Countertops
If you're looking for a modern and industrial look for your kitchen, stainless steel countertops provide sleek lines and a contemporary appearance. Heat resistant and very durable, you can construct stainless steel to your exact specifications, resulting in seamless, perfectly shaped countertops. Stainless steel countertops do make a lot of noise and can be dented, but with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Often seen in historic homes, soapstone countertops are making a comeback in modern homes as a material for both countertops and sinks. They require regular maintenance with applications of mineral oil, but they have a rich, deep grey color and a luxurious smooth feel that fits well with any style.
Uncommon in many homes due to their high price tags, marble countertops are most often used in small applications such as bathrooms, fireplaces, and insets. Marble requires sealing, but it creates a classic and elegant look.
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Cast right in your kitchen, concrete countertops are ideal for kitchens with unusually shaped counters. Though their custom nature can increase the price tag, concrete countertops will last forever, are heat- and scratch-resistant, and look exotic and unusual. Concrete countertops can be tinted in a wide variety of colors, making them more decorative.
New Countertops in Delaware
We custom make our own countertops at Bath, Kitchen and Tile Center, so we can easily make the counter of your dreams a reality. Our designers work with you to select the material you want, and our licensed and bonded technicians will craft your countertops in the shape that best suits your needs. Throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, customers have come to us for counters of all kind—kitchens, bathrooms, wet bars, built-in desks, and much more.
If you want to add a touch of beauty and elegance to your home with new countertops, call us for a design consultation today.