Get Counter Intuitive

September 3, 2020

With a custom-built home, your kitchen counter could be one of the most important decisions you make with your Crystal Creek team. It needs to fit with your décor, but also has an important job to do. Read on to learn about all the available materials, their durability, and pros and cons.

Natural Stone, such as granite, marble and slate, is both beautiful and versatile and gives your kitchen a sleek but classic look. Many types of stone countertops are mined from solid rock, cut down, and polished to a stunning shine. Natural stone countertops are extremely durable, but because stone is porous, they do need to be resealed between one and three times a year. Soapstone needs to be oiled with mineral oil regularly. These materials can be prone to scratches or chips but are quite easy to keep clean, and small amounts of damage can be buffed or sanded out.

Man-Made Materials are often preferred for their stain-resistance, durability, and ability to mimic other, materials. Here are a few options.

  • Stainless Steel is resistant to heat and bacteria, making it a favorite for pro chefs. It can get dented, but dents are often easily hammered out and repaired.
  • Solid Surface countertops are made by blending synthetic acrylic and polyester materials, sometimes with small amounts of natural stone. This is a low-maintenance option that’s easy to repair if it gets scratched
  • Quartz is an engineered stone material made from ground quartz and resins, polymers, and pigments. It can look like granite, but is not as porous.
  • Concrete can be colored and textured however you like, and you can even embed tiles or stones once it’s poured. It’s heat resistant, non-porous, and easy to clean.
  • Virgin Glass can be shaped into an endless number of styles. If you don’t want to stick to traditional shapes and designs, this option can give you the “wow factor” you’re looking for. Though it can be fragile during installation, it’s very durable and can stand up to heat surprisingly well.
  • Clay countertop options include porcelain and ceramic tiles that require grouting, which can stain over time. These options are gaining popularity in the US, while they have been popular for a while with the European crowd. Porcelain tends to be more durable than ceramic, but both are stain-resistant and environmentally friendly options.
  • Laminates are cost-effective and easy to install. Popular for decades because of its wealth of colors and styles, today’s designs look more and more like natural materials. On the down side, laminates can peel, chip and scratch over time, and are not easily repairable.

Reused Materials have been gaining in popularity for those looking to take an eco-friendly route. These can include recycled glass, a compressed paper composite, and reclaimed wood.

Virgin Wood may not have the same rustic charm as reclaimed wood, but it’s easier to acquire. You can choose from a variety of woods like oak, birch, walnut and more. This option is easy to clean and needs to be sealed with tung oil to keep it looking beautiful.

We look forward to talking with you about all these options!

Your Friends at Crystal Creek Builders

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