Countertops are a critical component of any kitchen (and bathroom). Not only is the countertop the main space for food preparation and plating, it’s also an important part of the kitchen decor. Choosing the right kitchen countertop is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to kitchen remodeling or kitchen renovation.
As a supplier of quartz and stone, as well as a fabricator of custom countertops, New York Quartz has a wealth of information on this topic – and we’re glad to share it with you! We’re located in Pompano Beach, so we’re a natural choice for quartz countertops among homeowners in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.
Materials for Kitchen Countertops
The first decision you have to make is the material. There are many materials available for kitchen countertops – wood, concrete, stainless steel, even glass – but stone & quartz are the most popular. Quartz is also known as “engineered stone” or “cultured stone”, since it’s made from real stone but includes additives that make it much more durable and easier to clean. It’s the best of both worlds – the beauty of nature combined with the strength of science.
Natural stone that’s suitable for countertops includes: marble, granite, onyx, and agate. Granite has been immensely popular in the last couple of decades, due to its strength and beauty. Every high-end real estate listing would make sure to boast of granite countertops, which were considered one of the top selling points of a house. What’s not to like? Granite offers a variety of shades and patterns, excellent durability, and a wide range of edge profile options. You can cut on it, place hot pots directly on it, and it won’t be damaged.
The only downside is that granite is somewhat porous, so it requires a chemical sealant to be applied during the initial installation, and a re-sealing process every few years. If naturally porous stone isn’t sealed, it’s liable to absorb liquids and food particles, which could cause bacteria growth. Also, spilled and absorbed liquids could cause permanent discoloration in the stone, which is difficult to fix. Keeping a granite countertop sealed is extremely important.
Marble is another natural stone that’s very popular with kitchen designers and kitchen builders. It’s cost-effective, it’s beautiful, and it’s also available in an array of eye-catching colors and patterns. If you’re a homeowner in Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, or Fort Lauderdale, you might want to consider marble for your kitchen countertop project.
Even though the up-front cost of marble may be higher than materias like porcelain or tile, it pays for itself in the long run. A durable and wear-resistant material, marble has been the choice of high-end remodelers for decades. As long as it’s properly sealed (just like granite), it will last for years and years, with a smooth, beautiful surface that fits with a variety of kitchen designs.
Marble is one of the favorite choices of professional chefs, because it stays cool, and doesn’t overheat or burn. It’s an excellent option for baking, pastry work, and pasta making. When it’s properly installed, sealed, and maintained, you can expect a marble countertop to last a lifetime.
Marble comes in many variations, reflecting the part of the world where it was quarried. New York Quartz offers a wide selection of natural marble, and every slab has its own unique personality. That’s why we always recommend visiting our indoor Stone Yard, so you can see the entire stone, with its individual patterns. You can’t get quite the same feeling from a small sample in a showroom, or from a picture in a catalog.
Marble is a premium material that’s instantly recognized as luxurious and expensive. Many historical buildings, statues, and monuments around the world are built using marble – it’s been the “designer’s choice” for the Parthenon, the statue of David, the Taj Mahal, half the government buildings in London, and the palaces of French and Russian kings. So, if it’s good enough for Michaelangelo, Maharajas, and the Merovingians – it’s good enough for a modern kitchen.
Quartize is another natural stone that’s popular with kitchen designers. It’s made from quartz crystals that have been compressed together in the depths of the earth, so they form an incredibly strong interlocking matrix. Quartzite has a hardness rating of 7 out of 10 possible – only topaz, diamond, and corundum are stronger. Sure, this makes it more difficult to cut and shape, but with the latest advanced CNC bridge saws, our Fabrication Shop can handle even this super-tough material.
Like other natural stones, quartzite needs to be sealed to prevent liquids and food particles from seeping into the surface, but once that’s done, you’ll have a gorgeous and tough countertop that will stand up to daily use, for years to come. This is another reason homeowners in Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale come to us for their kitchen countertop needs – we have the range of materials that not only look great but give you the best bang for the buck, years and years to come. We don’t do “half price countertops”, we do countertops right.
Natural quartzite slabs feature bold colors and veins, making them one of the premier choices for kitchen designers that really want to make an impression. Quartzite is quarried all over the world, so there’s a wide range of natural colors and patterns to choose from. Whether the slab comes from the Cambrian mountains in Wales, or the Caesarea region in Israel, you can expect a stunning color and excellent quality.
Quartz is “quartzite evolved”. It’s natural stone that’s been crushed to a fine powder and mixed with tough acrylic resin, to create a material that combines the best of both worlds – the beauty of natural stone and the strength of scientifically-developed materials. One major benefit of this “stone in resin” production is that the resulting material is “sealed by default” – there are no microscopic cracks or spots where a spilled liquid can seep into the stone. Unlike natural stone, quartz countertops never need to be sealed!
Another advantage of quartz is that it can be manufactured with any color or pattern – from mild to wild. Whether your kitchen design calls for a subdued look similar to concrete or white marble, or a crazy veined pattern with bold contrasting colors, we can easily accommodate it. As an authorized dealer of the world’s foremost quartz brands – Caesarstone, Compac, Cambria, and many others – we have access to literally 1000s of quartz options. Combined with our expert design advice and our on-site fabrication shop, this makes New York Quartz the right choice for Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale kitchen renovation projects.
Exotic Stone: Agate and Onyx
Agate and onyx are less-known options for kitchen countertops, but still deserve a mention. These stones, while more expensive, have a couple of unique properties that make them very attractive for certain types of kitchen designs. They’re translucent, so they’re a natural choice for illuminated countertops & backsplashes; and their dramatic bands of color will make a powerful design statement in a showcase kitchen.
Agate comes in many colors, but most varieties tend to be in the beige, brown, green, and orange parts of the color spectrum. Most agate is “banded” or “striated”, but varieties featuring leaf-shaped patterns, bubbles, and veins, also exist. If you’re looking for a truly outstanding stone for your kitchen remodel project, you should definitely stop by our Stone Yard and see the selection of agate and marble slabs we offer. Check out the illumination effects, too – our showroom has framed and illuminated displays that showcase these stunning stones at their best.
Waterfall Edge Countertops
To add a dramatic and modern touch to the kitchen, you can opt for a “waterfall edge” – a countertop style that makes a 90-degree turn and “falls to the floor”. This exciting effect is accomplished by cutting a stone slab at a very precise angle, and joining the 2 parts to create a “folded stone” effect with the pattern seamlessly continuing around the turn. This method adds dimension to the countertop, showcases the color & texture of the stone from additional angles, and looks much more expensive than it actually is.
The Miter Cut Style
Another interesting technique for countertops is a “mitered edge” or “miter cut”. This technique makes the kitchen island seem like it’s made from a thick slab of stone – but at much lower cost. We take the slab, make precise cuts at a 45-degree angle, then join them together in a “wrap-around skirt” that creates the look of a 4-to-6-inch-thick stone, without costing thousands of dollars or requiring special cabinetry to hold up the weight.
Countertops in Pompano Beach
As you can see, there are many exciting options for kitchen countertops. This is why New York Quartz, located at 2201 West Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach, FL 33069, is the perfect choice for homeowners, designers, and builders, in the Pompano Beach / Fort Lauderdale / West Palm Beach / Boca Raton area – we’re conveniently located close to you, and our 13,000-square-foot showroom is filled with premium building products that will make your new construction, renovation, or remodeling project a complete success!
Call (754) 222-8345 or E-mail us at [email protected] to discuss your project.