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Your kitchen countertop will make a statement as to the style and quality of your renovation. There are many options, colors and materials to choose from. Since most countertops serve the same purpose the options that most consumers must contend with is material choice such as quartz, granite, solid surface, laminate, concrete, butcher block and more.


QUARTZ is a man made material known as engineered stone. It is a blend of stone chips, resins, and pigments. It comes in many vibrant colors and styles that mimic granite and marble. It is one of the most durable surfaces which can resist spills, heat, and scratches. Unlike natural stone it does not have to be sealed because it is not porous. Quartz is often more expensive than granite because of its durability and easy care. Some brands that produce Quartz engineered stone include DuPont Zodiaq®, LG Viatera®, Cambria Quartz, and Silestone®.

SOLID SURFACE is an acrylic-based manufactured product composed of minerals, resins and pigments. The surface is not coated. It contains color all the way through which means it is repairable and blemishes can be buffed out. Although solid surface is a durable material it is still vulnerable to sharp knives and hot pans which can damage the surface. Solid surface comes in a variety of colors and is moderately expensive. Cost can rival that of quartz and granite, which are much tougher and more authentic looking.


GRANITE is still the material of choice for stone countertops. It comes in many colors and variations, with each slab offering a unique look. Granite countertops are made from rock formed through extreme levels of heat and pressure. Granite is a very durable surface which will resist scratches and heat. But because it is porous it is not as resistant to stains as Quartz and has to be properly sealed in order to do so. Granite is durable, easy to care for and will add style and value to your kitchen renovation.

LAMINATE countertops generally consist of a thin layer of fabric mixed with resin which is then adhered to particle board or plywood. For this reason laminate countertops are inexpensive but not as long lasting as other countertop materials. They are the preferred option when budget is a consideration. It is available in many colors and patterns and different types of edges such as straight and post-formed. The straight edge type is also called the self-edge, and is the original. Most versions have a colored top layer over a dark core, which shows at the edges. The post-formed edge involves a process that uses heat to form and bend laminate sheets, making them look continuous and without seams. Laminate countertops are easy to clean with soapy water but abrasive products can ruin the finish over time.


CONCRETE countertops can provide a unique look. It can be made in segments (precast) or poured on site directly on your cabinets in one seamless slab (cast in place) There is a pretty wide range of colors and options to choose from such as acid stain, concrete polishing, embedding objects such as glass chips, and special edges. Concrete as a material is not expensive but what you save on material you will spend in labor. It takes highly skilled labor to produce a beautiful concrete product. Concrete countertops can develop hairline cracks. They can also chip and scratch. Concrete is also porous and has to be sealed. Hot pans and knifes can cut and burn through the sealer resulting in cosmetic damage. Although this type of damage will not harm the concrete itself and can be repaired, it’s best to avoid it if possible.

Butcher Block

BUTCHER BLOCK countertops are made from solid hardwoods such as maple, red oak and teak. It can add warmth and a rustic feel to your kitchen renovation. It is relatively easy to install and depending on the wood species used it can also be inexpensive. It is however, a high maintenance product as it will suffer damage from heat, cuts, scrapes, and impacts. Butcher block countertops must be treated regularly with mineral oil or beeswax. Varnished butcher block is extremely stain-resistant while butcher block treated with an oil finish is better at resisting heat.Fluctuations in humidity and moisture affect wood, which should be a consideration when placing butcher block over a dishwasher or around a sink.


Mullings Restoration & Development is a home improvement contractor that performs all interior renovations while specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Our services include project consultation, architectural design, plumbing, electrical and general construction.


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