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Counter Tops in Lansing

McDaniels Kitchen and Bath offers a complete selection of countertops to both the Builder and Retail markets. Our showroom has the largest most varied display of counter top selections in Mid Michigan.  We routinely measure and install countertops for our customers. The following is a list of a variety of countertop materials for you to consider:

Kitchen Countertop Comparison Price Sheet

Granite

Granite countertops are a natural stone product. Typically you can select the actual piece of granite you want to use for your countertop. Granite is a highly coveted material, and the use of it sends a message of prestige and attention to detail. It is an ideal material for countertops because it resists heat, scratches, and stains, and it protects against mold and mildew. It also requires very little maintenance, like resealing and polishing. Granite can be cut into various shapes and forms to accommodate all different kitchen or bath designs. Stop by the McDaniels’ showroom to see the wide variety of granite offerings.

Marble

Marble is a natural material that is popular in bathrooms, on window sills, and around fireplaces. Marble is quite beautiful, but as is the case with many materials, it has both advantages and considerations to take into account. Marble is available in a wide array of colors, finishes, and sizes to match your cabinetry. The true beauty of marble is that it can be sculpted, allowing for endless design options.

It is important to remember, however, that marble can be scratched, chip and can stain more easily than other countertop types. Often marble countertops require more maintenance, like resealing and certain foods can cause staining, so you will want to think twice about using it in a kitchen.

Cultured Marble

Cultured marble is made of a blend of crushed marble and resins and is used primarily in bathrooms. It is priced lower than solid surface countertops but is more expensive than plastic laminate. The highest quality cultured marble will have a greater percent of polyester resin vs. rock flower. Like solid-surface countertops, cultured marbles are also made from polyester resins, pigments, fillers and a catalyst. But unlike solid-surface products, cultured marble comes with a high-glossy finish unless you opt for the matte finish. Cultured marble is a favorite product and easily available off-the-shelf at most home improvement stores, and it can come with a backsplash and molded sink. Cultured marble offers durability, resistance to stains, and some chips and scratches can be repaired. Your choices are a bit more limited in terms of colors and patterns.

Plastic Laminates

Laminate countertops remain a very popular option for many kitchens and bathrooms because they are affordable and come in the widest possible range of colors and patterns.  These kitchen and bathroom countertops offer excellent versatility and value.

These are often called plastic laminate because the surfaces of the countertop are plastic.  Laminate countertops contain a  hard particle board core with layers of plastic laminate bonded over the top of it.  The plastic laminate is tough and fairly durable. The kitchen and bathroom countertops come in the widest variety of colors and patterns of any type of countertop.  Many are made to mimic the look of more expensive surfaces like marble or granite.

Laminate bathroom and kitchen countertops are made with higher quality than ever before.  The process has been refined to make them more durable.  They also remain one of the most affordable types of countertops available with prices far below those other types. Laminates come in the widest selection too, with a large palette of colors, hundreds of patterns and designs, and now, textured surfaces too.  The surface is solid, without pores, so a soapy washcloth or sponge is usually all that is needed for cleanup. Laminate seams can be hidden more easily than most countertop seams.

It is important to remember that laminate countertops can be more easily scratched than most surfaces so it is best to do any cutting in the kitchen on a cutting board. Laminate is not as heat resistant as other surfaces so hot pans should not be placed on laminate countertops.  In the bathroom, if you use hot hair tools, avoid setting them down hot on your laminate bathroom countertops. If the laminate surface is scratched, burned or chipped, it is very difficult to repair.  

Butcher Block

Butcherblock countertops remain a popular choice in kitchens especially, although some woods are used in bathroom countertops as well. Butcher block counters are excellent for food preparation and are sometimes used in the kitchen in conjunction with other surfaces such as quartz, granite, and laminate.  For example, you can have a work island with a butcher block countertop while the tops around the and appliances sink are made from another material.

Butcher block countertops are ideal for those who enjoy baking and other types of food preparation.  They handle cutting very well and do a good job of hiding cuts and scratches.  In fact, their usefulness and the scars they accumulate give them character and are part of their appeal. After years of use, these bathroom and kitchen countertops can be sanded and resealed, making them look new again. Bath and kitchen countertops are easy to clean and they do not suffer from some of the weaknesses of harder countertops such as cracking or chipping.

On the downside, Butcher block countertops need to be sealed when produced or first installed and they will require periodic sealing over the years.  Without sealing, water can penetrate the butcher block and warp wood pieces, causing them to separate. Some manufacturers recommend oiling butcher block countertops every 1-3 months with linseed oil to keep out the harmful effects of water.

Tile

Tile countertops are being produced using ceramic tile, glass tile, and porcelain tile. Tile is one of the most versatile materials because it comes in a variety of styles, sizes, shapes and colors.

Tile offers unlimited opportunities to create a kitchen or bathroom countertop that looks tailor-made for your home. Tile is versatile enough to go with any kitchen style, from very traditional to retro to contemporary.  All types of tile are generally easy to clean, but you’ll need to make sure that grout is sealed every few years to keep that porous material from harboring bacteria and becoming stained. Tile is very durable and may last 50 years or more.

Besides the need to seal the grout, tile can be expensive to install. The tile itself is one of the more cost-effective countertop materials, but the installation is labor-intensive. This is especially true if you select an elaborate design for your bathroom or kitchen tile countertops.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops combine elegant beauty with outstanding practical benefits for the kitchen or bathroom. With so many large kitchen appliances now featuring stainless steel finishes, you can select countertops to blend seamlessly with your refrigerator, range, dishwasher and more.

Stainless steel looks gorgeous on any surface. It complements many materials such as wood cabinetry and natural stone flooring. The material comes in a number of different finishes, so you can select one that works well with your overall design, whether retro or modern. Stainless is also very durable and should give you 15-25 years of dependable service at a minimum.

Stainless steel is one of the most sanitary materials you can use since it is not porous, thus bacteria and viruses are easy to remove. Cleanliness and durability are among the top reasons stainless is used in so many professional kitchens.

The downside is that stainless steel does not come cheap. Secondly, some homeowners don’t feel it is “warm” enough to meet their design goals. It can have a more “clinical” look next to the warmth of granite or laminate.

Solid Surfaces

Solid surface countertops are a fairly new type of surface used in kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects.  As the name implies, they are made from a solid synthetic material which gives them many of their characteristics as well.

These are very hard, very durable countertops for the kitchen and bathroom. These types of countertops are available in over 100 different colors as well as many patterns. Many of the looks are patterned after more expensive materials like granite, stone or quartz countertops.  Because of the variety, these countertops can be used in virtually any style of kitchen or bathroom, working well in both traditional and contemporary homes.  These countertops are solid, tough, and non-porous, making them very easy to clean and maintain.  

These bathroom and kitchen countertops can also be scratched, but since they are solid in their color throughout, many scratches can be removed with careful sanding. In terms of cost, solid surface countertops are on the upper end of the price spectrum but are not as costly as quartz, concrete, granite or other stone countertops.

Quartz

There is plenty to like about durable and attractive Quartz countertops and a couple of reasons to be cautious about them.

Quartz Countertop Advantages:

  • Excellent options for color, pattern, texture, and finish
  • Extremely durable
  • Quartz doesn’t need to be sealed while natural stone does
  • It is non-porous, so resistant to staining and bacteria
  • Easy to clean with a damp cloth (and mild cleaner, if necessary)
  • Very hard surface is resistant to scratches
  • More depth to the finish than is possible with solid-surface countertops
  • The resin creates flexibility, so countertops won’t chip as easily as granite, marble, tile or concrete
  • The combination of quartz dust or aggregate with a binder makes it easy to manufacture slabs of many shapes and sizes to fit your kitchen or bath design
  • Seams between slabs are less visible than between slabs of concrete or natural stone

 

Quartz Countertop Disadvantages:

  • Not as resistant to heat as concrete, tile, crushed glass or granite
  • Doesn’t have the natural look as stone, since it is engineered (Note: this isn’t a “con” in the eyes of those who prefer a more contemporary look anyway)
  • Quartz countertops are among the most expensive, especially for the best quality and finish
  • Direct sunlight over an extended period of time will cause fading and may also produce warping or cracking

Here at McDaniels, we offer Quartz countertop products from Cambria, which is virtually non-absorbent, greatly reducing the potential for bacterial growth. Unlike granite, you never have to seal or polish Cambria and it comes with a 10-year warranty.

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