Are your countertops cracked, shabby, or outdated? As the primary workspace, countertops are essential to maintaining a functional kitchen. If your countertops have seen better days, it may be time to replace them.
With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the best materials for your needs. Read on to learn about the types of countertops we offer at Front Range Stone in Colorado.
Natural stone countertops are made from materials found on the earth. Since they are found in nature, each countertop is unique with its own distinct appearance. There are many different types of countertops made from natural stone, but the most common types are granite and marble.
Granite is a popular option for kitchen countertops, known for its unique colors and natural beauty. It’s a durable material and will stand up to daily wear and tear. Granite is easy to clean and is resistant to heat and scratches.
Due to its popularity, granite is more affordable than it used to be. But it’s still more expensive than other types of countertops since it offers natural, and unmatchable characteristics. Granite also requires sealing every few years to avoid staining and discoloration.
Marble is another beautiful natural stone, known for its deep and rich veining. Due to it being a porous stone, marble requires extra love and care to maintain its finish. A form of limestone transformed through the heat and pressure of metamorphism into a dense, variously colored, crystallized rock, marble is coveted for the uniquely elegant surface it provides.
Marble is a softer stone than granite or quartzite. It is mostly popular for its unparalleled beauty, timeless nature and classic aesthetic. Homeowners who opt for marble countertops must take into consideration extra care and keep up with regular cleaning habits and sealing schedules to make sure their countertops last.
Quartz is an engineered stone made from a combination of pure quartz, resins, polymers, and pigments. It’s durable, low maintenance, and scratch-resistant. Quartz is a non-porous material so it doesn’t need sealing.
For one, quartz countertops can mimic the look and feel of classic marble, as quartz countertops are man made, engineered stones. Therefore, quartz countertops can come in a wide array of colors, so you can choose the best look for your personal aesthetic. Plus, unlike marble countertops, quartz won’t etch, scratch, or chip with heavy use. With this engineered stone, you can achieve the timeless look of marble, without having to worry about its maintenance.
Ultra Compact countertops are a type of engineered stone made from natural stone, porcelain, and ceramic. These components are then exposed to extreme heat and pressure. This results in an almost indestructible material.
Also known as Dekton, this material shares all the benefits of natural stone and is a great option for adding custom countertops to your home.
Solid surface countertops are soft and prone to scratching. They are not heat-resistant and can be deformed if you place hot pans on the counter.
However, Solid surface countertops are an affordable alternative to natural stone and quartz. These countertops are low maintenance and easy to repair.
Recycled surfaces are an eco-friendly alternative to other types of countertops. They are often made from recycled glass, paper, or porcelain. These countertops are durable and easy to clean. If going green and environmental issues like sustainability and low impact are high on your priority list, then eco-friendly countertops are perfect for you. Like quartz surfaces, recycled surfaces are non-porous, making them a top choice for keeping bacteria at bay. Recycled countertop surfaces are also very durable as they are heat and stain resistant.
Laminate is the most affordable type of countertop. This synthetic material, made from plastic and paper layered on particleboard, is lightweight and easy to clean. Laminate countertops are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
If budget is your priority, laminate is the perfect countertop option for you.
What types of countertops are best for your home?
If you aren’t sure what types of countertops are best for your home, Front Range Stone can help. Our dedicated team of countertop fabricators will turn your dream kitchen into a reality. Get in touch to tell us more about your project today!