As the major work surface in the kitchen, countertops are manufactured using varying types of materials and are available in an array of colors and patterns. The countertop can be described as the kitchen’s workbench as it provides the basis for most kitchen-based activities.
In addition to their functionality, countertops can provide a profound visual impact. Because a kitchen countertop often occupies a significant amount of space, the choice of countertop greatly influences the style exuded by a kitchen. Regardless of the material chosen, countertops are manufactured to be durable enough to face the challenges of everyday use. However, among the many choices, each type of countertop material puts forth its own levels of overall durability and visual elements.
Natural Stone Countertops (Granite and Marble)
Granite and Marble are two of the most common countertop materials used today. Granite is considered to be the more durable of the two because of its high surface hardness which resists scratching and marring. Both materials require a moderate amount of maintenance. Because granite and marble are porous materials, a topical sealer must be applied periodically to protect the surface from staining.
New Artisan offers all of the colors and patterns that nature has to offer. While we do have standard colors to choose from, we are located a short distance from some of the largest slab selection yards in the southeast.
Although the mineral quartz is naturally occurring in nature, a quartz countertop is a man-made product consisting of quartz granules, polyester resin, and colorants. Quartz has a surface hardness that rivals that of granite and has several other properties that make it an excellent choice for your kitchen or bath.
Most importantly, quartz is NSF 51 certified for both food and splash zones; its nonporous surface resists staining and prevents absorption of moisture and food materials, which can harbor harmful bacteria. New Artisan is proud to offer Cambria and Silestone quartz surfaces.
After years of being vilified, with improved manufacturing techniques laminate countertops are surging back in popularity. A laminate countertop consists of a subbase material (New Artisan uses plywood) with an applied decorative top layer. Laminate countertops, although not nearly as abrasion-resistant and hard as granite or quartz, are easy to clean and the least expensive of our countertop options.
New Artisan installs Formica, Wilsonart, and Pionite brand laminates which are available in hundreds of colors, patterns, and textures. The most recent patterns simulate the look of granite and marble.