What Countertop Is Best For You?
See the Difference in Products
When contemplating an updated look to your kitchen, ask yourself this – What Countertop Is Best For You? At the Stone Center, we have four different products available for your new countertop. The easy-to-read chart below highlights some of the most asked questions when making a solid decision. Quartz is probably the best option all around, however, it only offers a Semi-Gloss finish. If you are looking for a hi-gloss or matte finish, then Granite or Solid Surface may be a better option for you. If you don’t have much to spend, we also have a large variety of Laminate styles on hand, too. And keep in mind – these are NOT your grandmother’s laminate.
One of our most popular brands of Quartz is Cambria. It is manufactured in the midwest, in Minneapolis, MN & has 122 different designs. We also offer a special Cambria Gallery just a few doors down from the Stone Center, where you can view FULL SLABS of Cambria’s beauty. Quartz is one of the hardest, most abundant minerals found in nature – only diamond, sapphire and topaz are harder. Besides beauty, the quartz gives the countertops extreme strength, making Quartz countertops highly scratch-resistant. Quartz countertops are made from crushed pure natural quartz and combined with a small amount of pigment and resin to create a slab of uncommon beauty and strength.
Since the beauty of granite is a result of it’s origins in nature, it may contain color variations, surface marks and blemishes. The pattern and color may vary slightly within the same slab, even, though the slabs may have been cut from the same area. Granite’s natural strength and durability gives it heat and scratch resistance making it a natural choice for countertops.
Since Solid Surface is 100% acrylic based surface products, they are solid, nonporous and do not require sealing. They’re naturally resistant to heat, mold, mildew and most stains, even tough stains are easily buffed away. They’re renewable and repairable — scratches are easily repaired. Solid Surface countertops are manufactured with high performance resin systems such as acrylic and unsaturated polyester. They can be precisely cut and bonded to fit nearly any surface shape. Some popular types of solid surface we have available are: Corian® by DuPont, Formica®, and Wilsonart/Wilsonart HD to name a few.
And last, Laminate
As we’ve mentioned before, this is NOT your grandmother’s laminate. Laminate now comes in 1,000’s of different styles from plain solid colors, to stone designs & wood grains that resemble REAL stone & actual wood slabs. If you are not looking to spend a lot, but want a hi-end LOOK, then check out some of our Hi-Definition laminates we have available from Wilsonart, Formica®, or Nevarmar®.