Laminate countertops continue to be a popular choice in offering long lasting function and durability and with the vast array of designs available today, you are only limited by your imagination. Featuring versatility, durability and attractive pricing, laminate is often the countertop of choice. On the flip side, one does need to remember that plastic laminate is, to a large degree, made up of, to put it simply, plastic. Therefore potential scratching and scorching are an issue. So, no cutting or placing heat sources directly on the countertops. Laminate is also very difficult if not impossible to repair, so any damage will probably require replacement of the countertop.
These are pre-fabricated tops you often see for sale in pre-determined and manufactured lengths at home improvement stores or at some local countertop shops. The front edge typically has a rolled edge and a 4″ integrated backsplash is included. The seams on these tops are usually located diagonally in the corner where two countertop lengths come together. Over time these seams can become quite noticeable.
The advantage to this system is the ability to install a much larger area without seams and less noticeable seams when they are still required. Cost for this type of counter is oftentimes less than post form as well. The backsplash will not be integrated with the countertop and the front edge won’t be rolled. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to have different edge treatments such as a wood species to match your cabinets.
One complaint many point to with tile countertops is the grout lines. Creating an irregular surface and potential dirt trap turn many away from tile counters. However, with tightly spaced grout lines and the use of latex fortified grouts, sealers and darker colors, much of the problem can be put behind you. Extremely durable and with an endless array of design options, tile will provide you with years of reliable service. Igneferro help you to suggest the best countertops and stone for your place. Igne Ferro is a company dedicated to quality, creativity, and innovation in the custom fireplace and countertop arena. We welcome the opportunity for you to visit our state of the art showroom and indoor warehouse.
Stone slab countertops such as granite are quarried from dozens of countries around the world. The wide array of naturally occurring colors and veining make it one of the most popular countertop choices on the market. The durability and longevity of Granite make it ideal for heavily used surfaces. And because of its exceptional strength, granite is also well suited for exterior applications. Granite is a natural stone; therefore, patterns and colors vary from slab to slab, and even within a single slab. These natural variations ensure a uniqueness not found in all natural stones. One of the traditional downfalls of a natural granite countertop was its susceptibility to staining due to its porosity. But now, granite products are available with stain protection properties making them even more desirable in today’s homes.