Countertop Considerations

Get creative with your kitchen and give it a personalized look and feel with a beautiful countertop! We offer everything from natural stone like granite, marble and soapstone, and quartz to man-made materials such as Corian and Hannex.

Granite

Many people prefer natural materials such as granite. It's easy to see the appeal. Granite has a rich, lustrous look. It's highly heat and scratch resistant but like almost all surfaces, it can scratch and chip. Experts differ on granite's stain resistant properties. The resilience depends on the type of granite. Some are more porous. All require sealant applications every six months to a year.

Let the coating lapse and even water rings could leave marks. Wipe the countertop daily and never let grease sit on it. Busy people with young families may find granite difficult to maintain. Too many people wait for stains to appear before they apply the sealant. Choosing granite can be difficult. Sample squares may not show the varying patterns visible on a full slab. We recommend delaying your final selection until you look at a wall size slab.

Cutting granite requires water-cooled diamond blades. It takes time and skill to cut them which adds to the price. If you require several cutouts for sinks, faucets and soap dispensers, the price goes up. Edge styles, including straight, beveled and bull-nose, also affect the price. Plan accordingly. It can take up to three weeks from template to installation.

Marble

Marble is softer than granite, so it scratches easier. Fortunately, scratches can often be buffed or polished out. Marble also can fracture along veins. Because it's soft and is vulnerable to stains, we don't usually recommend it for kitchen use Most people choose marble for bathrooms instead of kitchens. Yet its cool, non-stick surface is ideal for bakers and candy-makers. People renovating Victorian homes may choose marble for an Old World flair. Marble has more feature variations than granite. View large slabs before you finalize your selection. Like granite, marble is cut with a water-cooled diamond tool, which adds to the cost.

Soapstone

Soapstone, another natural material is becoming trendy. There aren't as many color choices as there are with granite. The spectrum runs from muted gray to green. Soapstone looks wonderful in classic or country kitchens. It also looks stunning with a farmer's sink. There are disadvantages. Soapstone does scratch, though like marble, it can undergo buffing. It's highly resistant to heat, but stains can be a problem. Maintenance is a must. Sealants darken soapstone to give it a warmer appearance.

Quartz

Cambria, Silestone, CeasarStone and Zodiaq, is an engineered quartz product. It's made by blending crushed quartz with pigments and resins. Quartz is one of the hardest materials in nature, so it creates a surface that is durable, practical and carefree. Unlike granite, quartz surfaces never need sealing. The beautiful combination of quartz crystals and the resin technology creates a surface that's stronger, more consistent and easier to care for than natural stone. They also come with a guarantee, unlike its natural counterparts. It has all the good qualities of Corian and granite. It's stain, scratch and heat resistant. The nonporous surface is easy to clean and it maintains its luster without sealants or waxes. The quartz gives it a finish similar to natural granite.

Solid Surface

Corian and Hannex are manmade solid surface products made of plastic-resin composites. Being manmade has advantages. A Corian sink can be molded so that there's no seam between it and the countertop. There are no crevices to collect bacteria or grime. Corian also comes with a guarantee. Corian is also easily repairable, unlike natural surfaces. Corian withstands heat better than ordinary surface materials. However, hot pans, as well as some heat generating appliances, like frying pans or crockpots, can damage the surface.

Manufacturers

Consistent with our focus on quality, we feature only the finest kitchen products:

DuPont Corian

Corian® solid surfaces offer homeowners, architects, and designers a wide range of design choices and possibilities for aesthetic expression.

Dupont Zodiaq

Combining the strength and beauty of natural quartz with technology to create a palette of dramatic colors with consistency, tone and strength. Zodiaq® offers new possibilities. We invite you to start here, and discover the potential of Zodiaq® quartz surfaces.

ice stone

We created IceStone recycled glass surfaces with the health of our employees, our customers, and the planet in mind. IceStone is manufactured in our state-of-the-art facility in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard using just three core ingredients: 100% recycled glass, Portland cement, and non-toxic pigments. From classic neutrals to bold contemporary jewel tones, IceStone is sure to bring your vision to life, elegantly and responsibly.

Cambria

Choose from 126 trend-setting designs to bring your vision to life. All our designs share the same price, making it that much easier to change your mind and experiment as you plan.

Silestone

Silestone is a combination of natural quartz and other raw materials that are extraordinarily hard and resilient. These characteristics combine to create an ideal surface for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring and wall cladding.

Ceaserstone

Caesarstone evolved a new kind of work surface by adding quartz to the Bretonstone process. The manufacture of slabs from a mixture of ground quartz aggregates, pigments and polymers proved to be the unique components necessary for this new generation of surfacing.

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