COUNTERTOPS

There are literally thousands of possibilities when choosing countertops for your kitchen or bathroom. You can even combine two different materials in one area for a dramatic result, but keep in mind certain countertop materials are better suited for specific usage. The professionals at Apex Cabinet Company will thoroughly explain all of these details to you during the design process and work with you to select the right countertop for your stylistic taste, upkeep and utility preferences, as well as your budget!

In addition to creating space with custom cabinets, upgrade the overall looks of your countertops. Available in a variety of materials from laminate to cultured marble and granite to engineered quartz we have the look to compliment any taste. Besides a great look, todays countertop designs come with increased utility in options that are mold and mildew resistant, anti-microbial, non-porous, scratch proof, and stain resistant.

To help you get started, below you will find brief overviews of each of our countertop products.

Granite

A natural stone unique to where it is quarried all over the world, granite is naturally heat resistant. Granite is also porous, requiring sealing maintenance to prevent staining and microbial growth, but that is a very simple process to complete. Pricing for granite can vary greatly depending on the level, colors, country of origin, or thickness of the slab. Also, you will likely need several pieces to complete your project, so seams between joining pieces may be challenging to hide and align.

Take Away

  • PROS
    • Each slab is unique
    • Unusally strong
    • Naturally resistant to heat
  • CONS
    • Sealing maintenance
    • Visible Seams
    • Can be expensive

Quartz

While entire natural quartz slabs can be retrieved from the quarry, most of what is offered today is engineered quartz, which is a blend of ~95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. This amalgamation creates a maintenance free material that is non-porous and can come in a wide array of colors. It can even be engineered to look like natural stone. Although quartz is said to be stain-resistant, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause slight discoloration. Quartz is comparable in price to granite.

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  • PROS
    • Non-porous
    • Maintenance-Free
    • Stain-resistant
  • CONS
    • Heavier than granite
    • Can be expensive

Laminate

Laminate surfaces have truly come a long way since their first inception into American kitchens in the 1930’s. They come in a wide variety of colors/patterns and can even be crafted to mimic natural stone surfaces. This counter surface offers a lot of possibility for very little expense. However, laminate surfaces tend to scratch and chip easily, and DO NOT handle excessive heat very well.

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  • PROS
    • Inexpensive
    • Maintenance-Free
    • Easy to Install
    • Color selection
  • CONS
    • Edges/seams visible
    • No added resale value
    • Chips/scratches easily

Solid Surface

Designed for seamless integration, this countertop surface provides the illusion of a single flowing solid surface. Because it is non-porous, this material is stain-resistant and with proper cleaning, can resist the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. While not as scratch/burn resistant as natural stone, solid surface can easily be repaired by simple sanding or buffing by installation professionals.

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  • PROS
    • Non-porous
    • Seamless!
    • Color selection
    • Easily repaired
  • CONS
    • Vulnerable to scratches
    • Can be expensive

Natural Marble

Marble is similar to quartz in that it can either be quarried in slabs, or cultured by blending stone particles and resins. While marble has always had an elegant appeal, it is often recommended that it not cover the entirety of your kitchen. This is because natural marble is prone to staining due to high porosity (more porous than granite!) which also makes it less durable and can crack under heavy weight or use. That being said, many homeowners opt for a single marble section of their kitchen specific for baking purposes.

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  • PROS
    • Heat resistant
    • Elegant look
    • Longevity
  • CONS
    • High Porosity
    • Durability
    • Can be pricy

Cultured Marble

Unlike the natural stone, cultured marble is cast in molds and can be shaped into anything from bathroom vanities to shower tubs. The way that this product is manufactured makes it non-porous, stain-resistant, and a lot stronger than slab marble. Although heat resistant, prolonged exposure to say a styling tool will discolor the surface. Veining can be introduced during the casting process for stylistic appeal and because it is a molded product, numerous edge profiles are also possible. Generally cultured marble is less expensive than slab marble but still tends too increase the value of a home.

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  • PROS
    • Non-porous
    • Maintenance-Free
    • Economical
  • CONS
    • Prolonged heat will burn
    • Can wear over time

Recycled Glass

We are so excited to see this new product gaining popularity as a countertop choice. Recycled glass counters definitely standout and have many positive characteristics. Crushed glass is typically encased in a durable acryllic or can be embedded in concrete. This material is easy to clean and hard to chip due to the encasing materials being non-porous. Also serves as another way to accent your design with numerous color choices and combinations.

Take Away

  • PROS
    • Eco-friendly
    • Unique style
    • Durability/Longevity
  • CONS
    • Acidic foods like tomatoes can mar surface
    • Price

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