Comparing the pros and cons of countertop options

Choosing your custom countertop comes with a lot of consideration, from style to maintenance requirements and more. But, regardless of your project’s size or complexity, PF Custom Countertops in Edmonton can tailor solutions that will exceed your expectations. 

PF Custom Countertops offers multiple options that will fit any home renovation project. Here are considerations for just a few common countertop options.

Quartz

Pros: Manufacturers engineer quartz countertops out of stone with an elegant finish to complement any space. Seven percent of their composition is made of resin binders and pigments. It isn’t porous, so it isn’t necessary to seal it, unlike alternatives such as granite. It’s attractive, durable, hygienic, and will add value to your home. 

Cons: Quartz is susceptible to heat, including extreme temperature changes and prolonged exposure to high heat. Exposure to heat runs the risk of damaging the countertops. Using quartz for outdoor projects isn’t advised, as sun exposure can erode the colour over time. 

Granite

Pros: Homeowners love granite countertops for the luxury factor and overall resilience to scratching, staining and heat. PF Custom Countertops offers an array of colours and styles, so clients have a custom one-of-a-kind look. This makes it a high-demand option for kitchen renovations. 

Cons: While granite countertops are durable overall, it requires sealing each year to extend their longevity. Because granite is porous, if it isn’t properly sealed, it will suck up oils and liquids such as juice, wine or other spills. In addition, sealing is essential to prevent bacteria from forming. Fortunately, this maintenance task is quick and simple. Learn how to seal granite countertops.

Laminate 

Pros: Laminate countertops are available in hundreds of colours and patterns that mimic stone like granite, marble and slate. PF Custom Countertops have more than 250 stock colours available for you to choose from. They can help match your colour and style based on your decor needs. You can purchase laminate countertops with multiple finishes, including matte, glossy, or textured finishes. They are installed quickly and are less expensive than traditional stone countertop options. 

Cons: Laminate countertops can’t be repaired if their surface is scratched, so you’ll have to go easy on your countertops. You should also avoid placing hot items directly on the surface as they can succumb to heat damage quickly. They also have a shorter lifespan than traditional stone or solid options and don’t add as much value. 

Solid Surfaces

Pros: A great alternative to stone, solid surface countertops bring style and durability in a low-maintenance, stain-resistant surface. Featuring anti-bacterial qualities, resistant to stains, heat, and mould. They use a blend of natural minerals and high-performance acrylics as well are eco-conscious – with some brands using up to 15% recycled content.

With several brands to choose from, including Corian, Formica and Wilsonart, you can select from over 100 colours.

Cons: Cutting on the surface can damage the material, so a cutting board should always be used. While resistant to heat, excessive heat can discolour or crack the material, trivets or pads are always recommended. But keep in mind, most damage can be repaired.

Countertops in Edmonton

PF Custom Countertops in Edmonton offers an extensive selection of countertops and can help you find one that best meets your needs. They offer design, installation, and sales. The work quality is guaranteed with warranties from one to 15 years, so you can rest assured your countertops are covered. Granite, quartz, laminate, and solid surfaces are their specialties.

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