Kitchen countertops must put up with a lot of abuse and wear, from knives and food spills to household cleaning products. Different By Design, Inc. offers countless custom countertop options to get the look you want at a price that fits your budget. One of the most popular options today is stone countertops, particularly granite. An up-and-coming option that is gaining a lot of popularity is engineered quartz, which offers the beauty of natural stone with none of the downsides. Engineered quartz can resemble any other stone available, and it is the strongest countertop available.
We can also help you get the kitchen you are imagining with other options like butcher block countertops, stainless steel or even glass.
Custom Granite Countertops
Granite has been the most popular choice for kitchen countertops for more than a decade. Why? Granite is not just a beautiful stone; it is also very long-lasting and durable. Choosing granite allows you to bring the rich texture and color of nature into your kitchen, and enjoy countertops that will stand the test of time and hold up well to wear and tear from abrasion, temperature and moisture.
Granite is the strongest natural stone for countertops, and it is non-porous which makes it a very low-maintenance and sanitary choice. Because so many buyers are always requesting granite countertops, this choice can also improve your home value.
Granite Slab vs Granite Tile
You can choose between solid granite slab or granite tile countertops. Each option has advantages. Slab is the most popular choice, as it offers a sleek, seamless surface that is not interrupted. Still, slab granite countertops are more expensive. Granite tile offers a happy compromise. You still get all the advantages and beauty of granite, for a lower price -- potentially half the cost. Granite tile does require grout, though, but you can minimize the appearance of the grout by choosing a complementary color.
As an added bonus, the much smaller granite tiles can be mined from smaller deposits of granite, opening up many more color options that are not available as a slab.
Granite Color Choices
Granite is available in thousands of colors, as it is mined around the world. The more traditional and timeless color schemes include black, tan, brown, green and yellows. You can also find granite in pinks and reds, blues and greens, grays and shades of yellow, gold and white. This can make it a lot easier to customize your kitchen countertops to fit your decor.
Edge Treatment Options
Because granite is incredibly strong, it can be cut with any type of edge treatment you like, from very basic eased edges to complex waterfall edges that are not possible with most countertop materials. Here is an overview of some common types of granite countertop edges:
Eased edges are the most basic and give you a smooth finish.
Double radius edges add a more dramatic curve to the eased edge.
Bullnose edges are a popular choice for a smooth, fully rounded edge.
Half bullnose edges have a rounded top half.
Bevel edges have a 45-degree cut to show off the cross section of the stone.
Double bevel edges have two 45-degree cuts.
Waterfall edges, or triple pencil, have a very elaborate cut that looks similar to cascading water.