Work surfaces are of paramount importance, whether in a kitchen, a workbench, a playroom or office. We can not live without it! It is important to choose the right material for the surface of our counters depending on the use that we make. Fortunately, there is a wide choice of finishes and various materials for counter tops.

THE LAMINATE: The laminate is from a set of mixed materials with resin. It is available in premolded counter tops or sheets. Available in a wide variety of colors and finishes according granulated, matte or glossy, laminate is very versatile and adapts to the style of the room.

Benefits

# Durability, shock resistant.
# Almost infinite variety of textures, colors and finishes
# Imitates materials such as marble and granite.
# Economic. Between $ 20 and $ 45 per linear foot depending on the model, finish, etc.

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Disadvantages

# Textured or glossy surface: its pronounced relief can complicate maintenance.
# Less resistant to heat.
# Damaged surfaces are more difficult to repair.

SUMMARY OF MATERIALS

The plastic is composed of a mixture of acrylic polymers and natural minerals. They can mimic stone, but are also offered in many colors and patterns and finished in matt, satin and lacquer. They offer an excellent compromise between the luxurious look of a counter and ease of maintenance . Indeed, they are resistant to stains and color does not fade with time or on contact with sunlight. Easier to work with than natural stone, synthetic materials can be easily pruned to form curves or different angles.

Benefits

# The surface has no visible joints.
# They can easily be pruned to form curves or different angles.
# They resist stains.

Disadvantages

Bodied price at around $ 200 per linear foot, finishing and installation included. But beware! The price varies from one model to another and from one to another finish.
Poor resistance to scratches and heat.

NATURAL STONE: THE GRANITE

The world of natural stone is varied. All from the earth, they are cut with diamond saw and then polished. No section is identical, giving a unique look at each counter, but makes it difficult arrangement of two sections. The stones are also available in different finishes: polished, treated with sandblasted (matte, but soft to the touch), or textured. Granite is the stone most used in the manufacture of counters. This hard rock is a mixture of quartz, mica and feldspar. Granite is very resistant to breakage and scratches. We can work directly on the surface without protecting it. By cons, granite, because it is porous, must be treated every six months with a sealer to prevent staining.

Benefits

# Granite is very scratch resistant and heat.
# It has a nice smooth surface and you can find beautiful colorways.
# Its appearance is very elegant.

Disadvantages

# Very high price, around $ 200 a linear foot (all inclusive) depending on the choice of granite.
# Somewhat uniform color of a block of stone to another.

PIERRE MACHINED: Quartz

Quartz is composed of living minerals mixed with the resin and dyes. It is not natural, but offers plenty of advantages. It has no cracks or veins like marble, making it more resistant.

Benefits

# Very scratch resistant, heat and stains.
# Easy to maintain (damp cloth and mild detergent).
# Hygienic, as bacteria can not penetrate the crystal.
# Retains its lustrous sheen and is smooth.

Disadvantages

# High price, from $ 200 to $ 250 per linear foot, all inclusive.
# Look less natural than the stone.

IN CONCLUSION

As shown, the variety of counter top surfaces is very large, depending on the available budget and function of the room. If you’re careful, we can afford any type of counter, but if you do not want to spend our time to protect the counter, it is better to opt for the solid!