We Offer Variety
Beloit Cabinetry offers a wide variety of countertop materials including quartz, granite, solid surface, laminate and cultured marble. Many of these products are interchangeable and can be used in your kitchen, bathroom, home office, finished basement and more. Scroll down to learn more about the four most common types of materials used for countertops.
Some of the brands we carry include: LG Hausys-Viatera, Caesarstone, Cambria, Silestone, Hanstone, Vicostone, MSI, Wilsonart, Corian, and Aristech.
Quartz v.s. Granite
While quartz and granite may look alike at first glance, there are some noticeable differences when you look at them closer. Both countertops are made from organic stone; however, one is engineered, while the other is a natural slab from the earth.
What is it?
Quartz is a mixture of natural and engineered elements, consisting mainly of ground natural quartz mixed with a minimal amount of polymer resins to create the desired color and design. It has exploded in popularity due to its durability and large selection options.
A quartz countertop typically comes polished; however, some brands offer a small variety in a flat finish. Note that flat finishes will typically show more dust, fingerprints and smudge marks, especially in the darker colors.
Because quartz is engineered, it is harder than granite and makes it exceptionally durable and virtually indestructible. While quartz is heat resistant, to a certain degree, it is possible to damage the surface with a hot pan. It is recommended to use heating pads or trivets whenever possible.
Quartz is also non-porous which allows the surface to remain relatively bacteria-free.
Quartz can be used in both kitchen and bathrooms, as well as in finished basements, home offices, laundry rooms and more. Sink options include the popular under-mount and apron/farmhouse sinks. Top-mount sinks can also be used; however, are declining in popularity, thus making their availability and options fewer.
Care & Maintenance
Quartz is easy to maintain and can be cleaned by simply using mild soap and water. Because it is non-porous, quartz is typically stain resistant, but be sure to wipe up spills immediately to avoid the possible risk of staining. Quartz does not need to be sealed.
What is it?
Granite is 100% granite stone quarried from the earth and cut into slabs. Granite is a unique organic material found in many different regions throughout the world, no two slabs will exactly alike. It is highly recommended that you view your slab options before deciding to purchase to ensure it is complimentary to your cabinets, flooring and other finishes in the room.
Once a slab is selected, your fabricator will hone the exposed surface, giving it a nice shine. Granite is naturally porous; therefore, your installer will polish it after installation to help minimize staining.
Granite is a durable material that is resistant to some heat elements, cuts and scratches; however, it can be damaged by a high impact blow.
Granite can be used in both kitchen and bathrooms, as well as in finished basements, home offices, laundry rooms and more. Sink options include the popular under-mount and apron/farmhouse sinks. Top-mount sinks can also be used; however, are declining in popularity, thus making their availability and options fewer.
Care & Maintenance
As mentioned before, granite is porous; thus, requiring a little more care than quartz. Over time, the polish will begin to dull and ware. It is important to maintain a regular schedule for polishing your granite countertop every six to twelve months, depending on use, to avoid damaging the natural surface of the stone. This is an inexpensive and easy process.
For daily cleaning, use mild soap and water. Wipe spilled liquids immediately to avoid staining. It is not uncommon to see a temporary ring from condensation dripping off a glass. This should resolve itself once the stone has time to absorb the liquid and fully dry.
Laminate countertops are a budget friendly option for a countertop; and have come a long way over the years in offering new vibrant colors and fashionable edge styles. As technology has progressed over the years, laminate countertops now offer a nearly seamless undermount sink option which helps keep the sink area clean. The disadvantages of laminate countertops is the longevity of the products life, and can be prone to delamination with water and steam penetration. They are also more prone to scratching than a quartz or granite countertop would be.
Solid surface is a non-porous, seamless acrylic surface made of natural minerals and polymers. Some designs are made to mimic the look of granite and stone. Solid surface countertops allow for a seamless integration of sink or backsplash, making it easy to wipe clean. It is a durable product; however, it is not resistant to scratching, cuts and burns or melting. Because the material is solid all the way through, minor damage to the countertop can often be repaired by a professional. While solid surface can be used in any type of application, it holds up best in areas of minimal wear such as a bathroom.