Is the Reign of Granite Surfaces coming to an end?
It is no surprise that granite, a stone that once graced the homes of wealthy nobility and lined the walls of royal palaces, became one of the most sought-after surface materials for the kitchen and bath. For decades, granite countertops have been a popular choice for homeowners and remodelers alike, but according to a 2019 U.S Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, granite’s reign may have finally come to an end.
Granite countertops face increased competition
Although we aren’t quite ready to believe that granite countertops have become yesterday’s trend, we wholeheartedly agree that there are quality surface options out there that may be better suited to your next project. If you have clients who are looking for countertop or surface solutions that do not include granite, here is a list of just a few of our favorites.
Quartz is an engineered material that is made up of ground quartz and resin. Although over 90% of a quartz countertop is comprised of natural stone, it is the remaining manmade resins that give this material a competitive advantage. Because quartz countertops are not 100% natural stone, they are nonporous and do not require sealing. Their original beauty can be maintained with little to no maintenance.
Unlike granite, quartz can also be found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Although quartz countertops can be made to mimic natural stone, they also offer options in consistent colors and patterns that are not often found in nature.
Solid Surface countertops have become increasingly popular over the years. Completely manmade, this material can be found in every color and pattern imaginable. Additionally, solid surfaces can be formed into nearly any shape. The customization possibilities are endless, which explains why it is so popular with designers and architects.
Highly durable, solid surface countertops are stain, heat and crack resistant. As a bonus, especially for commercial projects, solid surface countertops are incredibly easy to clean and sanitize. Approved by the National Sanitation Foundation, solid surface is the ideal material for countertops and surfaces in places like hospitals, offices, restaurants and heavily trafficked spaces.
We would be remiss if we did not mention laminate countertops in our list of favorites, but it is not just loyalty that keeps this material at the top of our product offerings. Laminate countertops are well known as budget-friendly and low maintenance, but what is often overlooked is the fact that they are also high performance. According to Consumer Reports laminate countertops have proven to resist heat, stains, and impact nearly as well as materials that are priced significantly higher.
Available in countless colors and patterns, laminate countertops can also be designed to mimic the look of high priced surfaces like granite and marble. As manufacturers continue to improve the look and performance of laminate, it is no wonder that this standby material has remained a worthy option for any commercial or residential project.
Beyond the countertop
As you work with clients who are selecting countertops for their project, keep in mind that all of these materials can be used on virtually any surface. From traditional countertops to backsplashes, walls and even floors, these surface materials are highly versatile. For more information on these and other products offered through L.E. Smith, contact our sales team at https://www.lesmith.com/contact-us. You can also follow us on Facebook for industry news, tips, and updates at facebook.com/lesmithcompany.