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1. GRANITE – TIMELESS AND FUNCTIONAL.

For years granite was the choice for kitchen designers and homeowners – and for good reason. Granite is gorgeous, it’s resistant and it’s functional. Because of the strength and hardness of granite countertops it is incredibly heat resistant (1,650 degrees Fahrenheit) and impervious to water. Granite also does not crack or split easily and is very stain resistant. Granite countertops are natural stones created over millions of years by compressed molten rock under the earth’s surface. Because of this, granite are removed in large blocks and professionally cut into countertops. This does minimize the capabilities and flexibility of granite countertops as well as the natural occurring patterns and designs of the countertops. It also limits edging design and other design options. It is also the reason for the expensive price of granite countertops. If you want to invest in a durable, functional and beautiful countertop during your kitchen remodel, granite continues to be the best choice.

2. QUARTZ – THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

Quartz countertops offer similar durability and functionality as granite but with increased flexibility and design options. Quartz countertops are made of crushed quartz, a natural mineral. Quartz manufacturers add resin to the quartz to increase its flexibility and decrease the maintenance of a quartz countertop. Because quartz is manufactured, it includes a wide range of colour selection and consistent patterns and design that you don’t get with a granite countertop. Quartz countertops are highly heat resistance, scratch resistant and are impervious to water. Quartz backsplashes are also available, enabling a consistent design throughout your kitchen. Quartz countertops are generally less expensive than granite. For many homeowners remodeling their kitchen, quartz countertops offer a lot of the benefits of granite with more design choices and greater design potential than granite at a lower price.

3. LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS – THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

When remodeling a kitchen, colour and design are often the biggest considerations. Laminate countertops are the choice for many homeowners kitchen remodelling because they are affordable, have a wide selection of colour and many different design options. Many laminate countertops have designs that mimic granite, quartz and marble designs creating a look that is timeless and beautiful. Because laminate it creating with several layers of thin wood, it is also much lighter than granite or quartz and able to be fit into almost any space or design. Laminate countertops do not offer the same durability as granite or quartz but they are an affordable option for kitchen remodels.

4. OTHER SURFACES.

In recent years there have been many different types of materials used to create modern, trendy and different countertops. Some of the more modern types of countertops include stainless steel, wood, glass and cork. Depending on your kitchen remodelling design and the functionality of your kitchen you might consider some of these more modern choices.


All countertops have advantages and disadvantages depending on your kitchen design and needs. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel and want to explore all the countertop options, contact MCK Kitchen and Bath today.

When you start considering a kitchen remodeling, your kitchen countertop is one of the first things you will consider. In recent years, the quality of laminate countertops has improved, the colour selection of quartz has expanded and the various materials used in countertops have become almost limitless! It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but this blog will offer suggestions and information to help you choose the best countertop to compliment your kitchen remodeling design.

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Please do not visit our showroom if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If possible, limit your group size to decision makers only please. 

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