Most homeowners going through kitchen remodeling projects picture granite when they think of a beautiful countertop to hold their appliances. After all, granite is one of the most popular countertop materials.
However, there has been a growing interest in using quartz in kitchen designs. Quartz has increased in popularity because it is heat resistant and available in several colors and patterns.
Whether your dream kitchen counter is granite, quartz, or something else, Seconds & Surplus is the countertop warehouse you need for affordable prices. We have various countertops for sale, including clearance prices, every day! Contact us or stop in one of our DFW area stores to see our current countertop options.
Granite is a hard, natural substance that doesn't easily scratch. Although it will dull your knife blades, it withstands daily wear and tear. Granite is heat resistant, making it an ideal material to install near your cooking range.
Other advantages of granite include:
- It’s affordable
- It’s perfectly flat
- It adds value to your home
- It has a unique appearance
- It’s easily repairable
This natural material is very durable; however, dropping heavy objects on a granite countertop may result in cracking or chipping. This is not a common occurrence, but it's important to note during your research.
If they are adequately sealed, granite countertops resist staining and don’t absorb liquids. Relying on the experience of a professional installer will ensure the granite is sealed correctly and maintains its beauty for years to come.
Marble countertops create a more elegant look in any kitchen that cannot be matched by granite or quartz. You'll have many options when you look through the collection at Seconds & Surplus because the marble grains vary in size. It's safe to say that no two pieces of marble are the same!
The advantages of marble countertops include:
- Unique appearance
- Natural beauty
- Variety of colors and patterns
- Several choices of finishes
- Versatility (fits with both classic and modern styles)
- Durability when properly maintained
- Heat resistance
Unfortunately, marble is porous and needs sealing at least once per year. It is susceptible to staining unless adequately sealed and regularly cleaned. Marble scratches more easily than granite and chips when hit by heavy items.
Quartz is a beautiful, natural material that comes in many colors, unlike natural stone. Quartz countertops have the durability of granite and concrete without the weaknesses. It is maintenance-free and doesn't easily chip or crack.
Advantages of quartz include:
- It has a more uniform appearance
- It’s easier to repair
- It requires less maintenance
- It mimics the appearance of other stones
Because quartz kitchen countertops are non-porous, they resist staining better than other countertop surfaces. Quartz is easy to clean, won't harbor bacteria, and best of all, won't have unsightly coffee rings.
Solid Surface Countertops
Solid surface countertops have been around for over 50 years and are an artificial alternative to stone materials. This material creates a seamless surface, eliminating gaps that give water and bacteria a place to collect. It can mimic the appearance of natural stone but is non-porous.
Selecting Countertops for Cabinets and Kitchen Space
If you're trying to match your countertops to your existing cabinets, consider what kind of finish is on your cabinets. If your cupboards have a darker finish, choosing a countertop with a lighter finish will make your cabinets pop. Conversely, darker countertops will complement light cabinets.
In addition to the look of your cabinets, consider the overall size of your space. Smaller kitchens with limited windows will look more spacious and open with lighter colors. Darker countertops will close the area off and make it appear smaller.
High-Quality Countertops for Sale at Seconds & Surplus
If you're ready to upgrade your kitchen countertops with quality products and affordable prices, Seconds & Surplus is the place to visit. Give us a call or stop in a store near you today!