The options that we have available today for stone and solid surface countertops is nothing short of amazing. However, not all materials excel in all situations, which is why we at Leading Edge Countertops utilize a wide collection of materials and brands for the wide variety of needs and desires that our customers have for the look and performance of their new countertops.
Quartz is an amazing material. It seems to have the resilience and strength of steel without any of the natural inclusions that granite has. Since it is manufactured, it is produced in uniform slabs – every one is nearly identical. In the last several years, several of the manufacturers have begun to be able to produce quartz that is beginning to rival granite in it’s movement and beauty. Depending on your requirements, quartz can easily be your material of choice.
Things To Know:
Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so use a hot pad at all times.
Quartz is nonporous and stain-resistant. Its smooth surface does not allow liquids to penetrate and that makes it easy to clean. Quartz does NOT need to be sealed.
Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible.
You can’t improve on nature’s beauty. You might say we just cut it to fit and polish it up. It is the beauty and permanence of granite that makes it so desirable. When you have countertops made from granite, just like all other natural materials, no two finished products are exactly alike. Our goal is to cut and fabricate your granite into countertops in such a way that we bring out the natural movement, the colors and even the beautiful inclusions so that your countertops not only look beautifully but also perform flawlessly.
White Ice Granite
Things To Know:
Whether you’re looking for a subtle compliment to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection. Since granite is a natural stone that is mined, no two granite slabs are the same.
Kitchens, bathrooms, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds, outdoor area. Hot kitchen utensils can be place directly on granite, as the material is resistant to heat and fire.
Granite countertops are sealed before they are installed and do need to be resealed on a regular basis (3-5 years).
Enough good cannot be said about Solid Surface materials. When an experienced craftsman builds countertops using solid surface material, you cannot see any seams. It can be molded. It can be heat-formed. It can be combined with other materials. It comes in a seemingly infinite array of colors, styles, and manufacturers. Compared to granite and quartz it is lightweight and it is beautiful.
Solid Surface as we get it from the manufacturer are typically in sheets 30″ x 144″
Things To Know:
Solid Surface material can be scorched by excessive heat, so use hot pads at all times
One of the beautiful things about Solid Surface materials is that they are solid. That means that after 15 or 20 years if the finish is not the beautiful sheen it had new, it can be easily and quickly re-finished to a like-new condition. Although this can be done many times, it is often not necessary depending on how the surface is cared for.
Solid Surface materials are non-porous which means that they will not stain or if cleaned properly, will not allow the growth of bacteria, which is why they are wonderful for kitchens, hospitals, and offices.
Marble is a luxurious surface that lends warmth and sophistication. Its price tag, comparative softness and susceptibility to stains mean it’s not always used throughout the kitchen. Instead, many homeowners choose to install it on an island or separate baking center to both lower the cost and reduce wear and tear. Rich with crystals and color variations, marble comes in a variety of shades, including white, cream, black, green and pink.
Things To Know:
Marble is heat resistant, it can stand up well to hot pans or hair styling tools, unless left on it hot for some time. It’s a popular material for fireplace surrounds because it won’t yellow due to the heat and can withstand the occasional spark on its surface.
With its nature polish, hardness, unique textures, and range colors, marble is a favorite material among architects and interior designers.
Use – bathroom countertops, fireplaces, facades, and internal walls. Two reasons Leading Edge does not recommend marble for kitchens is because of staining and scratching.
- Marble is vulnerable to staining agents such as wine or oils. If staining does occur it is difficult to repair. To help prevent this damage, Leading Edge professionally seals the surface upon installation. With marble we strongly suggest repeating the sealing process every 6 months.
- Marble can be easily scratched by sharp kitchen knives. Also, heavy pots or mugs may chip the marble or even break off a corner.
Availability in polished, honed, aged or bush-hammered.
The color remains unchanged forever.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Your countertops are similar to adding a piece of art to your home. Countertops can express a feeling of warmth, stand out as a focal point for a room, or simply add function and increase the value of your home.