Countertop Material Choices

Countertop Material Choices

Countertop Materials

To appreciate the modern countertop, one has to step back in time to the earliest countertops. When a cook needed more than a stone hearth, they used the most abundant materials available, which were stone and wood.

Later, local soapstone and slate became the stone options chosen by many builders when creating countertops. Marble was the choice for bakers, as it provided a cold, beautiful surface upon which to knead and roll out their dough.

There was a period where modernization led us away from stone and wood as the predominant countertop materials. We made countertops out of ceramic tile, Formica, and other low-durability materials. But, as we quickly learned, cheap materials were easily damaged and didn’t offer the longevity of stone. As a result, the demand for remodeling seemed endless.

Instead of becoming victims to our folly, and repeating these mistakes, we accepted the lesson and returned to stone materials for countertops. The increased cost became a point of value since stone offers longevity and an ROI upon resale that other materials did not. The introduction of granite countertops into kitchens in the nineties took kitchen design by storm.

Because we are no longer dependent on local materials, our taste in stone countertop options has expanded considerably. Modern transportation, mining, cutting, polishing and sealing methods opened the door to an abundance of newer stone countertop materials such as onyx, travertine, limestone, and quartzite. Each of these materials have their strengths and drawbacks, but they’re all incredibly beautiful and long lasting.

We now have an almost unlimited variety of options in colors and textures in these materials. In fact, with the introduction of quartz, we have created a blend of stone and resin to produce a countertop material which is incredibly strong and virtually maintenance free.

With care and maintenance, a stone countertop will last for the life of the home. We have returned to the stone hearth of our forefathers. While it is almost unrecognizable as such, we have made it our own: stone countertops offer the durability and classic beauty of the past side by side with modern style.

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The edge profile can be that final touch that makes the statement. Whether you want to add a touch of class with an Ogee edge or a boldly rustic look with a chiseled edge, do not underestimate the importance of the edge profile option. Learn More

Vessel sinks, a relative newcomer to the sink industry, can be glass, onyx, and more. Under mount sinks are generally more popular options. Learn More

Faucet installation is part of the process in selecting your new sink, as the sink and faucet must have corresponding holes for them to work in tandem. If the sink has extra holes, a deck plate can be used to cover them. However, a sink which lacks holes won’t work. Faucets can have options such as touchless, pull-out spray wall mounted, swing arm, and more. Learn More

No countertop would be complete without a matching backsplash, either tile or sheet style. Backsplashes protect your walls from the everyday splatters, splashes, and spills caused by cooking and food preparation in general. But a great backsplash also ties kitchen decor together by merging the countertop with the upper cabinets, or even with the ceiling. Learn More

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Stellar job by the entire team at Rock Solid! I’m kind of particular or “picky” if you will, and everyone was so patient and helpful! They allowed me to design my countertops and choose exactly where I wanted each piece which was a huge bonus for me. Matt, Ryan, Nate and the installation team were…

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