Kitchen Counter Top
Countertops can set the tone of your whole kitchen. When choosing the material for your countertops, you have to keep in mind that it should reflect your style and be in line with how you use your kitchen. There are many options for countertops’ materials, you can choose from granite, quartz, silestone and quartzite.
Granite – Granite has been very popular for the last several years as surface for countertops. It is available in various colors, patterns, and thicknesses. The most popular are 2 cm and 3 cm for slab thickness. Granite also can come prefab to fit your budget. Remember that there are variations on the color due to the natural source it comes from.
Quartz – Quartz, also known as engineered stone and Silestone, is composed of 93% quartz particles. You will be able to find a larger range of colors than granite, since it is man-made. It has a nonporous surface, which resists scratches and stains more than other options. Its durability and sleek-looking surface fulfills lifestyle and aesthetic requirements for many homeowners.
Quartzite – Quartzite is harder than both granite and quartz, so it is a very durable product. It is a naturally occurring stone that starts out as sandstone that has evolve over time under intense heat and pressure to become the amazing, durable product that it is.
There are also many options for your countertop’s edges:
Square and mitered – This edge can be used to make your 2 cm or 3 cm countertop look thicker.
Square and waterfall edge – Another way to make your stone countertops a focal point is to run them vertically down the edge of the island.
Bullnose - Rounded edge detail is a classic edge that creates a softer look.
Ogee - It is a classic look that works well in traditional kitchens.
Double Ogee – On a contemporary square edge kitchen countertop using double ogee creates a great contrast when used on an island.