Everything gets placed on them, provide a backdrop, and can change the overall look of your kitchen. Searching for the right counter top can seem ominous on your own. Seeking professional understanding and opinion can be a huge help in deciding what’s best. That’s why choosing Premiere Pros with many years of experience is your best bet for acquiring honest, accurate and design savvy information about materials. We know what works, what doesn’t, and can offer suggestions to make you love your counter tops and have it function well for your family. In a kitchen, the counter top needs to be extremely durable. From entertaining guests over the holidays, to cleaning out the fridge over the weekend, or the arts and crafts afternoon with your kids on a rainy day, this surface needs to hold up; no questions asked! Staining, porosity, and cracking tendencies all need to be considered when choosing a material for this room. The sink plays a major part in the design and material picked for the counter top as well. For example, apron and under mount sinks have particular installation needs that not every material can provide. We are happy to help you sort through the options. In a bathroom, choices are a bit less limited. The surfaces are usually smaller than kitchen expanses therefore allowing one to choose softer materials. Many choose to use the counter top material for the back splash as well offering a continual streamlined look. A back splash is a great way to use your favorite material in a vertical fashion; almost like art!

 

SOME FEATURES TO KEEP IN MIND

Seams are a huge factor to consider in your design of any space. Slabs of material can only be fabricated so large and seams sometimes are unavoidable if the design isn’t thought out. Let us help you create the layout to reduce the chance of a seam. Water, food, and cooking functions can make seams worse over time and stand out more than when installed. Different height levels can aide in designing around seams. Overhangs for islands or bars are a popular feature in most homes today. We all know that entertaining ends up with guests in the kitchen. So, creating seating around the island is important. However, making sure that dimensions provide comfort for sitting and plenty of clearance for walking around are important features to consider. We prefer providing 15” inches of counter top overhang for seating so a homeowner can comfortably fit their legs under as well as tuck the entire bar stool away when not in use. Edging is a final detail to consider. The trend these days in a transitional space seems to be a simple eased edge. In a contemporary space, a decorative edge can make the overall style of the room seem more transitional and vice versa. An Ogee style edge offers a bit of depth and detail without being overly ornate. High traffic corners are something to watch out for and consider carefully. With all the choices that homeowners have these days, we strive to make your process simple, helpful, and stress-free.

Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish.

Marble is innately a softer and more porous stone than granite, which makes it susceptible to scratches from sharp objects, such as kitchen knives, and stains from watery or oily liquids. Applying a sealer to a marble countertop provides a barrier to liquids, making them less likely to stain after spills are wiped clean.

Quartz and Quartzite are two popular choices for countertops, but they are not the same material. They offer differences in looks, durability, care and price that you should know about before making your selection.

Quartzite is a natural rock. It is created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth. The stone is mined and sawn into slabs which are later precisely cut to become countertops. The tops are polished and sealed for beauty and durability.

Quartz countertops are often called engineered countertops because they are fabricated from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials. Loose quartz makes up about 93 percent of the material. It is blended with a binder and pigment and formed into countertops.  Quartz tends to be the more popular choice due to the availability of color options.