Table of Contents for Countertop Selections
What is the best countertop for you? While browsing the sites below keep in mind countertops can range for $25.00 per square foot to upwards of $250.00 per square foot., somewhere in that range I’m sure, is the countertop for you. Budget plays a huge factor in countertop selection, for some, it means foregoing some bells and whistles to get the countertop with the qualities, that meet your needs. Take your time when selecting a countertop, color, texture, durability and maintenance are some of the key traits to compare. Your budgeted price may have to take back seat if you find that must have countertop to complete the look and theme you desire.
Designers from MCS will assist you in all facets of countertop selection during the design process.
- Concrete Countertops
- Granite Countertops
- Laminate Countertops including HIGH Definition Laminate
- Preformed ~ Manually formed countertops
- Quartz countertops Caesarstone®, Hanstone®, LG Viatera®, Silestone® and Zodiaq®
- Solid Surface countertops Avonite®, Corian®, LG Hi-Macs®, Hanex®, Meganite®, Mystera®, Staron® and Wilsonart®
Concrete is an increasingly popular material for counter tops because it is versatile, durable and environmentally sound. Building molds and precasting countertops in a studio allows designer/fabricators to cast and cure slabs under controlled temperature and humidity conditions.
Custom Crete Werks Gallery of Concrete Products including Kitchens and Baths
Natural Stone: While they differ in color, texture and crystalline structure, granites have three essential minerals in common – Feldspar (50% or greater), Quartz (25-40%) and Mica (3-10%). These minerals occur in different proportions, giving every slab its own color, texture and structural characteristics. Therefore, no two slabs of granite are alike and they offer a unique look and design in every piece. It is important to know seams are visible and depending on the color and grade of granite, sealants make the surface more resistant to staining, but granite surfaces are still much more likely to stain than a quartz count. It is best to seal the product annually to help prevent any staining.
Granite Color Selections:
Cross Reference chart of Laminate colors with other major vendors
Metal and Designer Laminates
Decorative Laminate Solutions in Thermoplastic and Metal
Formica ~ Counter Top Products by Formica
Nevamar ~ Color Selector
Pionite ~ PANOLAM Industries also features Panolam® (Melamine), Pionite®, FRP and Nevamar®
Wilson Art ~ High Definition Laminates
Swanstone ~ Solid and Aggregate Colors
Quartz Surfaces: All quartz surfaces are composed primarily of quartz crystals, which make them a very durable product that is resistant to both heat and scratches. Additionally, they are non-porous so you never need to seal the product or worry about any stains penetrating the surface. Quartz surfaces offer a more uniform color pattern than granite and wide range of colors that cannot be found in nature. Sinks must either be under-mounted or top-mounted and backsplashes must be set on.
Solid Surface: Solid surface products are non-porous so stains, mold and mildew are unable to penetrate the surface and they clean up very easy. Solid surface offers the ability to have an integral kitchen or bathroom sink and seams are inconspicuous, creating the illusion of a one-piece countertop. With a wide range of colors and design options, anything you imagine, can be created.
Avonite Surfaces ~ Corporate Site
Corian Surfaces ~ Corporate Site
Hanex ~ Global Site for Products
Hi-macs ~ Corporate Site
Meganite ~ Corporate Site
Mystera ~ Corporate Site
Staron ~ Corporate Site
Wilsonart ~ Solid surface Residential~Commercial Site