Types of Countertops
Wood and Laminate
Custom Stone, Quartz, and Solid Surface
Engineered Stone / Quartz
Ultra Compact and Porcelain Slab
Features of Countertops
Color and Finish
Perhaps the most important choice is material, as almost all material types offer enough color, pattern, and finish options to ‘fit’ with your kitchen or bath design. Let the Ring’s End Kitchen & Bath specialists explain the advantages and disadvantages of each countertop material – even introduce you to new materials that you may not be familiar with. They can help assess your use patterns and performance expectations as well as your budget and style preferences so your ultimate selections will be based on how you actually will work and live in the room.
At the Kitchen & Bath Showrooms, you can see and feel the various materials and countertop design options. Whether you are doing a complete kitchen or bath remodel or just replacing countertops, you’ll find beautiful displays, knowledgeable salespeople, and professional designers who can assist you with your project from start to finish.
Sleekly contemporary? Warmly traditional? Classically elegant? Identify the look you want to achieve and how the right countertop will add significantly to that look.
If you and your family cook a lot, you’ll want to consider how resistant the countertops will be to heat, stains, scratches or dents, liquids, and bacteria.
Unless you like to redo your kitchen or bath every three years, you’ll want your countertops to last and still look good after years of use. (Looking good can include the natural ‘aging’ of wood or metal.)
Are you willing to do the routine maintenance necessary to keep countertop materials in top shape? Know the differing maintenance requirements of the materials you’re interested in.
Some surfaces, like natural stone, can be quite heavy. Be sure your base cabinets are strong enough to support the countertops you select.