February 20, 2018
Maryland Kitchen Countertops
Countertops can make or break a kitchen; you’ve probably seen that happen if you watch remodeling shows. At Bath Doctor, we are familiar with both bathroom and kitchen countertops and understand the importance of proper material selection and accurate installation. Our Maryland kitchen remodeling clients often rely on us in helping them pick countertops that tie in with the rest of the kitchen, make a great impression and don’t break the bank!
Choosing Countertop Materials
There is no lack of countertop materials for every taste and budget. In fact, the sheer variety of options can often be overwhelming – that is why we are here to help. Below is a list of the major countertops we offer.
Granite countertops have been a staple of many kitchen designs for many years, and for a good reason. Granite is beautiful, durable, resistant to heat and water, and one of the hardest natural stones out there. Granite is available in many colors and price ranges. It should be sealed every six months to prevent staining and to avoid bacteria from penetrating into the stone.
When people talk about durable and low-maintenance quartz countertops, they are usually referring to engineered quartz. When ground quartz is mixed with polyester resins, it turns into a solid, non-porous surface. During this process color pigments can be added to create a variety of patterns and color options no natural stone can offer. Quartz is one of the most durable and non-porous countertops available.
With their recognizable veining and regal appearance, marble countertops are on wish lists of many Maryland homeowners. Marble holds up to heat, but doesn’t do well against stains, especially the acidic kind. Like granite, it has to be regularly resealed to preserve its elegant appearance.
Recycled Glass Countertops
Recycled glass countertops are a fairly new trend in both kitchen and bathroom design. They are made by combining pieces of recycled bottles, mirrors and similar items with a resin or concrete base. This process creates unique-looking countertops that will definitely become a conversation starter in your home. Concrete-based recycled glass countertops will require periodic resealing similar to granite and marble. Glass countertops that use a resin binder typically don’t need to be resealed.
Laminated countertops are manufactured similar to laminate flooring. They consist of a photographic layer protected with resins and fused to particle board, under high pressure heat. Today’s laminates are affordable and come in a large array of styles and colors. With advances in technology, a laminate countertop can be designed to resemble granite and other higher cost countertops.
Soapstone is a natural stone with an incredibly dense structure. It is not affected by heat, acid, water or stains. Its only “soft spot” is the talc component that makes soapstone prone to scratches and nicks. However, many homeowners welcome this wear and tear, as it makes for a beautiful patina. If you need a countertop to match your older or rustic-style home, soapstone is the perfect fit.
We’ve listed many countertop materials and we’ve only scratched the surface! For more information on kitchen design and countertop selection, contact our Maryland kitchen remodeling experts today.