In Part 1 we focused on two materials that are currently “in vogue”. Today we will explore glass, concrete, granite, marble, and finally laminate.
GLASS is quickly gaining ground in kitchen design and appeal, whether it is being used as a countertop or as tiling backsplash. It brings a truly “fashion forward” element to the space. Generally, Glass countertops come in 1.5″ thickness or more. Choosing from a smooth contemporary finish, to the broad imbedded texture choices available. CALITRI suggests that these countertops look exceptionally attractive when mounted atop of a coloured, copper or stainless steel top allowing for the colour beneath give dimension and draw luxury into the space.
Beyond question CONCRETE countertops find their place in the ultra custom category due to the fact that they are often cast directly in your kitchen. They are ideal for counter tops that demand unusual shapes. The reason most people steer away from a countertop of this material is the cost factor. The concrete countertop is scratch and heat resistant, it can be colour tinted and can look exotic and nouveau; new treatments being used are effective in aiding in the elimination of cracks as well as reducing porosity.
GRANITE brings distinction to any space that it adorns. It lends itself to a medium-coarse grained texture which allows for a multi dimensional finish. From elaborate to austere, this stone is timelessly awe-inspiring. The popularity of granite has helped it become more budget-friendly in the last few years. A number of pros which go hand in hand with granite are: the durability to heat, the enormous colour palette, it adds value to home buyers,it is the second highest hardness rating next to diamonds,and will last a lifetime. CALITRI recommends that granite is sealed once a year, and preferably with a latex product rather than one that is chemical based. We recommend sealing in order to ensure that stains are not absorbed.
MARBLE is the stone of gods and kings, the elite. When budget is not an option marble is the forerunner in its utter beauty. Even though marble is soft it is highly durable. Its heat resistance, water-proof and opulence make it tempting to use in a kitchen or bathroom vanities. It also embellishes many breathtaking fireplace mantles and hearths. It is porous and will stain unless it is professionally sealed. Marble tiles on the floor of a bathroom are a must-have to creating a luxurious bathroom. Hand-carved marble trim pieces are available too and will round off your ultimate dream bathroom.
LAMINATE claim to fame is its affordability which goes hand in hand with its durability and selection. Some of the most common brands are: Formica, Nevamar, and Wilsonart. Primarily composed from plastic-coated synthetics that are easy to clean and maintain. The are commonly used because they are cost effective, and come in a grand choice of colours. The drawback however is that if there is a chip or scratch it is almost impossible to repair, and they are not seamless.
Being equipped with knowledge is the key to making the decision as to which product will best suit your needs in terms, of cost, durability, and beauty.