Countertops

There are a number of countertops available for kitchens. Here is our list with the pros and cons to help you make your choice.

  1. Laminates - with trademark names such as Formica, Wilsonart, Nevamar, Arborite - these plastic coated synthetics are easy to clean with a wide choice of colours/designs, end finishes and front edges. Inexpensive, durable and easy to maintain - scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair.
    Websites:
    Formica
    Wilsonart
    Pionite
  2. Granite - with over 3000 colours to choose from; granite holds up to heat, will last a lifetime with new sealers making it almost maintenance free. 2nd highest in hardness rating after diamonds. Relatively inexpensive, requires some maintenance with some stones absorbing stains if not sealed.
  3. Quartz/Engineered Stone - composed of 93% quartz particles. Available in a larger range of colours than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. Easy to maintain without annual sealing.
    Websites:
    Cambria Canada
    Caesarstone
  4. Ceramic Tile - is durable and easy to clean. Also inexpensive and installed a section at a time. Heat resistant with a wide range of colours, textiles and price. Surface is uneven, with chance of tiles chipping and cracking - regular maintenance with the upkeep of the grout.
  5. Solid Surface - just what they're called - scratches can be sanded out. Custom made to your specifications and available in a rainbow of colours and patterns, seamless and stain resistant. Vulnerable to hot pans and some stains that may damage the surface - can be moderately expensive.
    Websites:
    Dupont
  6. Concrete counters - a good choice for countertops that are an unusual shape as they're often cast right in the kitchen. High price tag, heat and scratch resistant, can be colour tinted, looks exotic and unusual with many new finishes. Mid to high in cost.
  7. Marble - very pricey but good for an island or an inset for a baking centre. Needs constant maintenance, but offers some new sealers that may retard staining. Very porous, expensive and shows scratches.