Countertops: The Unsung Heroes Of Your Home

ProSource | 9/2/2015 | Product Information

We use them every day, throughout the day. Many of them perform without complaint. They buck up under all kinds of duress like banging, dropping, spilling, burning…even climbing. Countertops are like floors. We take them for granted, and then we have the nerve to become disenchanted when the wear finally catches up.

These unsung heroes of our daily lives deserve our thanks. And when it is time to bid them farewell, we should pay them homage by being smart about our next choice of countertop.

How Many Countertops Do You Have?

Just think about all the countertops you have in your home. Sure, everyone thinks of their kitchen. But what about the bathroom, living and dining rooms, home office, garage, or laundry room? Where there are cabinets, islands or built-in desks, there are likely countertop surfaces.

Since the kitchen countertops are multi-purpose and the most common, take about five minutes to survey yours. Go ahead and head over there. We’ll wait.

Now take a look around and think about all the ways you use your countertops. Do you cook or bake a lot? Do you brew your own beer? Are work or school projects spread across them? Do you host parties, playdates or a book club? How often do you end up folding laundry on your island? Does your infant’s bouncy seat wind up on the countertop while you make baby food from scratch?

Your countertops are silent partners for all your household activities. How well are yours holding up under the constant barrage of daily life?

What About The Most Popular Countertop Materials?

You often see marble, granite and quartz used for countertops. Their timeless beauty is what attracts homeowners. Beyond their coveted visual appeal, each has distinctive qualities.

Marble

  • Natural beauty
  • Variety of colors, with popularity in neutral tones and veining
  • Easy to tool for countless edge profiles, including etched edges
  • New finishes available with different brushing and polishing techniques
  • Very porous surface which requires care and regular maintenance

Granite

  • Natural beauty
  • Scratch and heat resistant (within tolerance)
  • Hard, durable
  • Wide range of colors and patterns
  • Porous surface, requires regular sealing

Quartz

  • Engineered stone that still comprises of almost 90% natural product
  • Variety of neutral to bright colors
  • Non-porous surface, no need to seal; scratch and stain resistant
  • Hard and durable
  • Impact resistant due to elasticity of resins
  • Easy care with mild soap and water

Other Options

Certainly the above three don’t constitute a complete list. Other countertop options include cultured marble, Corian (acrylic) and laminate (yes, it’s not just for floors). These can be budget-friendly alternatives, and each has a great range of designs.

Cultured Marble

  • Approximately 82% natural stone materials suspended in polymer resins
  • Mimics beauty of natural marble, ideal for bathroom applications
  • Low maintenance
  • Durable
  • Moldable (customizable)
  • Not as strong as natural stone

Corian

  • Man-made acrylic
  • Solid surface with wide variety of permeated patterns and colors
  • Non-porous, which makes it ideal for kitchen and bathroom applications
  • Stain and heat resistant (within tolerance)
  • Seamless transitions between areas of the surface
  • Can be scratched, but most are repairable

Laminate

  • Layers of paper plus melamine resin; can include recycled materials
  • Wide variety of styles, colors and patterns
  • Easy to maintain
  • Stain, heat, and impact resistant (within tolerance)
  • Can be scratched; not repairable (so use cutting boards)

In Color

As you can imagine, color and pattern become just as important to the decision making process as the material. What kind of statement do you want to make?

If you prefer that your countertop subtly complement your room, choose a neutral color, such as white or beige, in a simple pattern that matches your cabinets.

Want to be more bold? If so, a contrast may be in order. Cabinets with a light tone could call for a darker countertop (think black, grey or dark brown). Meanwhile, darker cabinets would deem appropriate a lighter color countertop, such as light green or off white.

If you’re slightly more daring, you may prefer to have your countertop make a statement onto itself. You can truly add some pop with distinctive colors, such as red or blue, or a unique pattern.

Countertops That Best Suit Your Home

Meet with your ProSource Showroom team to find out how beautiful and dependable your countertops can be. Our experience with all types of countertops has proven that Silestone is one of the best product lines. You can see for yourself why it works so well in homes like yours.

One of the advantages of Silestone is the wide range of colors and textures offered. You can pick a classic neutral or lush earth tone. Create a more dynamic setting with dark hues like “black anubis.” Or, go bold with a vibrant yellow, green, or even magenta. Come see the samples for yourself and you’ll understand why these countertops are so popular.

Since you depend on them every single day, you should have countertops that make your life easier. ProSource has what you’re looking for, whether through our online catalog or in your local showroom.

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