There are many more types of materials to choose from, ranging from laminates, solid surface, granite, stainless steel, quartz composite, lava rock, concrete, tile, wood and recycled paper and glass. The factors that set these materials apart from one another are many times the same factors that clients take into account when selecting a material such as porosity, maintenance, product warranty and scratch and heat resistance.
Stainless Steel A very durable and heat resistant material which is one of the reasons it is so prevalent in commercial applications. It is non porous but scratches easily and is fairly expensive to fabricate. Concrete As the name implies the tops are cast from poured concrete with additives to help reduce cracking. Concrete is a very porous material so sealing Continue Readingread more
Wood and Exotic Woods Butcher block in either maple or oak is the most common of wood counter top material, but exotic woods are making a strong statement in many upscale kitchens. Some of the more popular woods that are being offered are Zebra, Mahogany, Walnut, Babinga, Teak, Bamboo and Cherry. Wood lends itself to most counter top shapes and Continue Readingread more
Quartz Engineered stone composed of 93% quartz particles is low maintenance, non porous material that never needs to be sealed. There are a number of brand names on the market such as Cambria, Caesar Stone, Sile Stone and Zodiac. They all have their own color palettes to choose from and are available in two thicknesses, 2cm and 3cm (approximately ¾” Continue Readingread more
Glass and Recycled Glass Both of these options tend to be an expensive alternative but give a definite WOW factor to any kitchen design. Glass tops are usually quite thick and can have an array of textures and movement. They are non porous but are subject to cracks and scratches. Recycled glass is very popular with clients that want to Continue Readingread more
Solid Surface Corian, Staron and Meganite are just a few of the popular name brands on the market. These counters generally have a matte, honed like finish but are available in satin and high gloss as well. Solid surface material is an acrylic material that is seamless, stain resistant and non-porous. Solid surface allows fully integrated sinks and covered backsplashes Continue Readingread more
Granite and Marble Granite adds beauty and durability to any kitchen offering excellent scratch and heat resistance. It is a porous material, therefore needs to be sealed. Granite is available in many colors and patterns and because it is a product of nature no two pieces will be alike giving it the unique elegance that has made it so popular. Continue Readingread more
Cleaning Cabinetry All Kitchen Craft cabinetry is finished with an extraordinarily durable finish. Follow these simple steps to take care of your cabinetry: Wipe with a damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive cleaning solutions or scouring pads. Clean spills quickly. While it is unlikely that allowing a spill to dry will affect the finish, quick cleaning Continue Readingread more