Redesign Your Countertops

April 5, 2011

Your kitchen counters are used for everything. From cooking to craft projects, the best counters are easy to clean and maintain, plus they add a design element to the room. Are you thinking about redesigning your countertops?

A kitchen design idea we’ve been seeing here at C.A.G.E. Design Build is actually clients tending away from granite as there are newer products that look just as sleek and are easier to maintain:

Cement and recycled glass countertop
Photo Credit: New Leaf Interiors

Cement and recycled glass countertops (pictured above), such as those from IceStone, are sustainable, durable tops and come in a wide variety of colors. Although these surfaces require more care, they are perfect for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, shower walls, tabletops, flooring, bar tops, conference tables and windowsills.

Quartz countertops, such as those from CaesarStone, DuPont and Silestone, are completely natural, extremely tough and easy to maintain. With numerous color and design options, the smooth, nonporous surface of these countertops retain luster for years without sealants or waxes.

As quartz is one of the hardest minerals found in nature (only diamond, sapphire and topaz are harder), countertops of this variety are known to be:

  • Low maintenance
  • Highly resistant to stains
  • Scratch resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Chip and crack resistant
  • Resistant to household chemicals, acids and solvents
  • Nonabsorbent and nonporous
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Flexurally strong
  • Consistent in color
  • Immune to freezing and thawing
Recycled paper countertop
Photo Credit: Brennan + Company Architects

Recycled paper countertops (pictured above), such as those from PaperStone, are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. As a completely sustainable solid surface material, recycled paper countertops are versatile, innovative and stylish options for homeowners that want strength, beauty and warmth. The greenest sustainable composite material available on the market today and available in natural earth-tone colors, this countertop option is known to be:

  • Stain resistant
  • Nonporous
  • Heat resistant
  • Certified ‘food safe’
  • Rigid and dense
  • Absorb virtually no water

Which of these above countertops would you want to use when remodeling your home? Have you seen another material you would prefer?

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