Why Granite Countertops?
When it comes to choosing the right material for your kitchen countertop, bathroom or bar area, you have a wide variety of options. And a great variety of prices! Educating yourself about the options and their costs, both the initial investment and the lifetime value will be a worthwhile endeavor. In this granite countertops Los Angeles, we’ll describe the different options, and show you how granite can be a high-value option, without the high price.
Let’s start with the laminate. Laminate worktops are your basic, low-cost worktops. Typically made of a laminated plastic material glued to a pressed wood surface, laminate countertops offer a seemingly unlimited variety of color options and patterns. Today’s laminate can even mimic the appearance of natural stone with photographic representations of granite, and edges that are similar in style to those seen on natural stone countertops. But because laminate is the cheapest countertop option, it has its limitations. Laminate is easily damaged and is not easily repaired. Knives and other sharp objects can scratch or puncture the laminate, and the heat from hot pots and plates can burn or bubble on its surface. Since laminate is like a veneer, there is no room to polish the damage. Laminate worktops won’t last a lifetime either. You should expect to have to replace the laminate within 10 to 15 years.
Solid Surface Countertops
Next we have the synthetic solid surface worktops. The best known product for solid tops is Corian. Solid surface worktops are primarily composed of plastics with speckles of glass, plastic and other materials to provide color variations and patterns. While solid surface countertops do not resemble natural stone, they do provide a perfect appearance. Because solid surface worktops can be custom manufactured to any size and specification, long or oddly shaped worktop areas can be covered with a single solid piece. Solid surface worktops are scratch and burn resistant and can be repaired if damaged. Many people believe that solid surface countertops are a “step under” granite from an aesthetic perspective, and therefore their price may surprise you. The price of solid-surface countertops, starting at $40 per linear foot, is actually higher than that of many granite styles!
Somewhere between natural stone and synthetic worktops is engineering stone or quartz worktops. DuPont Zodiaq countertops are a popular choice of quartz countertops, and are available in impressive variations of colors and patterns. Quartz countertops are composed of ground quartz that blends with colorants, synthetics and other materials to form a unique, natural look not found on solid surface countertops. However, quartz worktops are expensive. With prices starting at around $45 per linear foot, it’s also actually higher in price than some granites.
Recycled Glass Countertops
A new worktop option that is gaining popularity is recycled glass worktops. For owners who choose to ‘go green’, recycled glass countertops not only look good, they feel good too! Recycled glass is exactly what the name implies. Used glass of all types and colors is broken and ground, and combined with bonding agents and dyes to form unique colors and patterns. But because there are only a few manufacturers of recycled glass countertops, and the product is in great demand, prices are on the high side.
And finally, we have our personal favorite – granite countertops. The elegance of granite is second to none. Walk into a kitchen with granite countertops and you’ll notice right away. Because granite is natural stone, its color variations and random patterns are unmatched by any man-made material or process. Buying granite is also fun. To choose the right granite for your home, you can visit quarries and showrooms that have large slabs to see. By viewing the granite slab in its entirety, you can see wide patterns and variations that are not visible in small samples. Granite is very durable and resistant to stains, scratches and burns. Granite can be repaired in some cases, unless the damage is deep or completely cracked. Granite is also a solid value. Because it is considered by most to be a luxury item, granite countertops will add value.