CHOOSING YOUR COUNTERTOP
Your decision making for an ideal kitchen countertop can turn into a demanding and time-consuming matter. In order to assess various different countertop solutions in terms of both aesthetics and performance one has to delve into alternative options.
What to expect from a kitchen countertop is maximum level of hygiene standards, long lasting durability, aesthetic harmony with kitchen decoration and easy and convenient care and maintenance.
Taking these criteria into consideration we can compare the alternative countertop options.
Coante Countertops include natural quartz minerals up to 93%. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in nature and such high amount of quartz content in Coante countertops make them highly resistant against scratch and impact.
Nonporous structure of Coante countertops do not allow for bacterial, fungal or mould formation and growth, therefore they are hygienic and give you the opportunity to gather all your loved ones around healthy tables.
Coante countertops are non-absorbent which make them stain resistant and easy to care and maintain.
Coante countertops are not chemically pre-treated to form a protective layer on the surface. Unlike natural stone countertops, Coante countertops do not require any chemical treatment to get them non-liquid-absorbent or more lustrous on the surface.
Chemical resistance of Coante countertops is significantly high. Chemicals with 5-8.5 pH degree used as daily cleaning products and acidic food like lemon do not affect the surface of Coante countertops.
Coante countertops do not have hairline fissures or structural weaknesses which are commonly seen in natural stones. They are fully homogenous with the same degree of strength at each point throughout the slabs.
Coante offers aesthetic solutions for both modern and classical decorations. Jumbo size slabs make it possible for maximised use with minimum seaming.
Granite, which is a form of igneous rock, is a widely preferred option for natural stone countertops.
Since granite contains some quartz, many granite types are hard and highly scratch resistant. However, they have a porous structure and a high level of liquid absorption; therefore, they make a favourable environment for bacterial, fungal, and mould settlement and growth. For this reason, they are low in stain resistance and cannot be assessed as hygienic surfaces.
In order for granite countertops to prevent water absorption and protect the first day sheen of the surface which will become dull over time, they require periodical treatment with chemicals.
Each granite slab includes different minerals in its structure. Therefore, not each point of a granite countertop shows the same level of resistance against chemicals. In the case that granite countertops contact with chemicals, problems such as pore formation, dullness and loss of colour may occur.
Because granite is a natural material, it includes structural weaknesses which may bring about cracks on the countertops.
Since porcelain countertops are quite hard, they have high level of scratch resistance. However, due to their low flexibility, porcelain slabs are susceptible to fractures during fabrication, transportation, and installation. Again, for the same reason and also because of low impact resistance, they have the risk of developing fractures or cracks in case something drops on them.
Many porcelain slabs are not full body, which means the pattern is a thin layer on the top only . Edge profiles except for mitered edge may result in non-aesthetic outcomes especially at the edges of sink holes.
Laminate countertops are essentially wooden countertops covered with a decorative surfacing layer.
Laminate countertops are relatively softer when compared to alternative countertop materials and have low resistance against scratches, heat, and chemicals.
They also fail to meet the hygiene standards required in kitchens to secure food health.
Laminate countertops are not durable because any water that may leak under the surface will eventually cause permanent damages.
Acrylic is made of natural minerals and pigments bonded with resin. Acrylic countertops might be a better choice than those of laminate with respect to aesthetics and durability.
However, they require periodical maintenance due to their low resistance against scratches and heat.
Although marble is an aesthetic product which has been in use in construction for thousands of years, it fails to meet the demands and expectations from kitchen countertops in our times.
Marble is a soft surface due to its calcium carbonate composition and can be easily scratched.
Marble countertops are open to staining due to high water absorption and because of porous structure they are not hygienic.
Marble countertops have low chemical resistance. Therefore, in daily life they will be adversely affected by acidic food, like lemon juice, which will frequently come into contact with countertops in kitchens.