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Counter Top Thoughts

Overview

Published: 09/02/2014

by Space Age Closets & Custom Cabinetry

Counter-top Decisions

               

Whether it's the main surfaces in the closet, kitchen or bathroom or an island, sooner or later you're going to have to make the decision of what kind of material you want or need. Consumers nowadays have choices that 50 years ago were unheard of. With good old reliables like wood, Formica to the latest trends of using quartz or recycled glass, counter tops have really evolved.

It's absolutely amazing how getting rid of that old scratched, stained and discoloured counter-top can elevate your room's overall appearance and utility.

Of course each of these materials have their pro's and con's and it's always the smart-informed customer that acknowledges any material's limitations and particular utilization. For us, we have found seven materials that seem to work best with of course the proper usage are resistant to heat, cuts, abrasion and impact.

The current darling of designers seems to be Quartz. Consisting of mineral quartz, colour and a resin, quartz counter-tops need little or no maintenance and have no difficulties with hot cookware and is hard enough to resist abrasion and staining. Being a man-made material, quartz does chip however on the edges and corners and these can be repaired by you'll need a professional. A bull-nosed or rounded edge can assist with that.

Natural materials are great for counter-tops since they offer a uniqueness not commonly seen in man-made materials. Unfortunately trying to colour match or match up veining can be difficult. Like most natural stone, granite has to be sealed to resist stains and this to be done periodically. Chipping can be a problem on the edges much like quartz but again a professional is your best bet for such repairs.

Soapstone is a historical favourite and has only come back into vogue in the past few years. Soapstone can be easily damaged by abrasion and cuts and stains easily. Limestone can resist heat and has more consistent look and are also easily nicked and chip.

Another favourite with designers is Granite. Granite and marbles come in so many varieties of colours and veining that you rarely get the same thing twice. Most natural stone has to be sealed to resist stains and this to be done periodically. Granite and marbles come in so many varieties of colours and veining that you rarely get the same thing twice.

Laminates and solid surfaces are a nice inexpensive alternative to natural-stone. Easy to install and so much more attractive than 50 years ago, laminates are heat and stain resistant yet can't handle being cut upon which is why you should use a cutting board.

wooden butcher block or recycled glass is also thought. Wood has its only charm since it is completely natural and finishes can only add to that. Wood has draw backs and are easily damaged even if they are sanded. Recycled glass comes in a variety of colours and sizes from large shards to very fine crystals. It is very environmentally friendly yet manufacturing quality can vary greatly from one company to another.

Whatever you choose when creating that special spot in your home, call upon Space Age Closets and Custom Cabinetry first :)

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