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countertops

There are four main countertop products:

  • Granite (Natural Stone)
  • Quartz (93% Natural Stone + 7% Resin)
  • Laminate (A thin resin sheet applied over particle board)
  • Solid Surface or Onyx (A blend of resin and alumina)

Granite and quartz countertops are far superior in durability, longevity, and moisture resistance.

Laminate is the most cost-effective choice.

Solid Surface is the only seamless product but is much more susceptible to scratches and stains.

good to know
  • If you will be using cabinet lighting, we provide wiring information for your space to ensure the wiring is placed correctly.
  • Incorrect humidity will have adverse effects on wood products. We recommend maintaining an indoor relative humidity between 30 – 50%. We are not liable for issues caused by incorrect humidity levels.

granite vs quartz

granite
  • Rich, natural colors with unparalleled depth.
  • Slightly more likely to chip and stain due to variations in stone type and density.
  • There will be natural fissures and small pits in the surface of granite. This does not affect the durability or lifespan.
  • Granite is slightly porous, so it needs to be sealed periodically. This is not a huge issue, as there are 20-year sealers available.
  • Granite is not a seamless product. Every effort is made to make a good seam. However, they will be noticeable, especially on lighter colors and colors with more movement.

quartz
  • The colors are not as rich and do not have as much depth as granite. However, new colors are being added continually.
  • Extremely durable and consistent hardness.
  • There are no surface pits or natural fissures.
  • Quartz is virtually maintenance free and does not require sealing.
  • Quartz is not a seamless product. Every effort is made to make a good seam. However, they will be noticeable, especially on lighter colors and colors with more movement.

vendor links

Below are some useful links to vendors that we have partnerships with.

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Lighting and accessories
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