Published at Friday, August 25th 2017. by Carina Lefevre in Countertops.
Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it’s formed (cooling and solidifying of molten materials). Whether you’re looking for a subtle complement to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite countertops are the same.
Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish. Quartz is slightly different in that it is not 100 percent natural. Instead, countertops are manufactured using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins.
Perhaps the most endearing quality of solid-surface countertops is the fact that the material can be cut, carved, cast and formed—without any visible seams—to the shape of your choice. This means homeowners can integrate design features like a sink or backsplash while at the same time eliminating those tiny but pesky gaps (where the counter meets the sink, or the wall). This means water, crumbs and bacteria won't have a place to hide on them.
Manufactured under names like Corian, Wilsonart, Staron, Swanstone and Formica, solid-surface countertops are tough, hard-working surfaces. They're available in dozens of colors and patterns that mimic the look of stone. Solid-surface countertops also eliminate much of the hassle of upkeep. They're easy to repair, resist stains and scratches, and require little to no maintenance.
New countertops can be installed by measuring the surface area and creating a template made from poster board that has been cut and taped together. Use the template for do-it-yourself installations or to take to a professional who will cut and install countertops for you.
Finally, the key task to making a small kitchen layout work is integrating multi-tasking elements, which includes your eye-catching countertops. With thoughtful design, you can maximize efficiency by installing a pullout cutting board just below the countertop to expand your workspace. Also, make sure there's appropriate drawer storage that can make up for lost countertop space in order to prevent surfaces from collecting clutter.