American Loss Consultant The Choice To Install Your Countertops
When you are doing a makeover or you just moved to a new house, you want to add some of your personality to the different parts of the house. Do makeovers at home is not an easy task, it takes a lot of time and effort, here at American Loss Consultant we found for you the best experts for you, according to your needs. When doing a Countertop Installation there are a few aspects to take in consideration.
Consult with a kitchen specialist
At American Loss Consultant, we search for a kitchen specialist, who can help you to take some decision, following your main idea in design; we arrange the meeting to be in a store where you both can share ideas, and make a base sketch from what you want, and how much could be the budget according to your main idea.
Schedule an in-home appointment
After you met up with the specialist and have a sketch to work on, comes the in-home appointment where the specialist evaluates how possible is to do the project and if it needs any modification. This way the specialist can make a better template to work on.
When all the planning is done, the installation process begin, with a installer selected by us, to be sure we are providing you the best service, and it will be doing the installation according a schedule.
Frequent questions about countertop installation
Q: What should I bring to the first meeting with the specialist?
A: The best you can do is bringing the layout of your kitchen, this way the specialist will discuss the options with you.
Q: Which can be the materials for a countertop?
A: The common choices go from quartz, granite, laminate, solid surface and butcher block (in the following section we will give you a list of top materials for countertops, comments, pros and cons about them).
Q: How is should be the maintenance for my new countertop?
A: Maintenance process can change according to the material, so the best option is ask in the store, right when you are making your choice.
Top 10 materials for kitchen counter top ALC suggests you.
- It has been the counter top material of choice when there is nothing to worry about. Even small modest kitchens seem luxury with granite countertops.
*Almost impervious to heat.
*Nearly 3000 different colors and types.
*Very strong and durable.
*Adds real estate value to home.
*Nearly maintenance-free treated with newer sealers.
*Very expensive material.
*Slabs may have imperfections.
*Stone is porous and requires sealing to avoid stains.
*Can crack if stressed or improperly installed.
*Knives are quickly dulled by cutting on granite.
- Soapstone is another natural stone. It is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and sink material.
*Offers antique, historic look to a kitchen.
*Deep, rich color.
*Somewhat stain resistant.
*Damage can be sanded out.
*Fairly impervious to heat.
*Must be treated with mineral oil.
*May darken over time.
*Surface can scratch and dent, though this can create and attractive antique look.
- Marble is a natural stone that is pretty attractive because no two sheets of marble are exactly the same, what makes each countertop unique.
*Exceptionally beautiful stone, with unique veining.
*Adds to real estate value of a home.
*Waterproof and heatproof.
*Stone is porous and stains easily unless sealed.
*Can be scratched; repairs are difficult.
- Quartz (Engineered Stone) is actually engineered stone product that contains as much as 93 percent quartz particles and other minerals, shaped into slabs and bound with resins. These are not solid quartz slabs produces by quarrying.
*Can be custom-fabricated in any size and shape.
*More convincing, natural appearance than solid surface material.
*Easy to maintain, no sealing required.
*Resists stains and impervious to heat and acid.
*Slabs are uniform, with no imperfections.
- Solid-Surface Material is a man-made material consisting of a blend of acrylic particles and resins that are pressed into sheets and other shapes. Once regarded as premium, luxury countertops, solid-surface material is now considered somewhat mid-tier, but it is an excellent choice for mid-range kitchen.
*Available in many colors and patterns.
*Seams are virtually invisible.
*Damage can be easily sanded out.
*Integrated sink/countertop is available.
*Vulnerable to damage from hot pans.
- Ceramic Tile is durable and easy to clean. Recent innovations in porcelain tiles offer many more design options than ever before, including tiles that look like wood, marble, or even leather or cork. Ceramic and porcelain tiles offer more design options than nearly any other countertop material.
*An enormous range of colors and styles available.
*Immune to heat damage from hot pans.
*Easy to clean.
*Grout lines can stain and are difficult to clean.
*Tile is brittle and may crack under impact.
*Custom tiles can be very expensive.
*Does not carry the same prestige as granite or quartz.
- Laminates are plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that is easy to clean. Countertops are made by bonding the laminate sheets to particleboard (MDF) core. Laminated countertops can be purchased as pre-formed segments (called port-form countertops), or custom-fabricated to specifications. Laminates are especially popular into retro designs, particular mid-century modern kitchens.
*Thousand of options available.
*Very easy to maintain.
*Very inexpensive countertop option.
*Surfaces can be scratched and chipped; damage is almost impossible to repair.
*Seams are always visible.
*Custom edging and backsplash treatments can add expense.
*May be viewed as “low-end” by potential home buyers.
- Wood or Butcher Block offers a beautiful warm look and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes. Hard woods such as maple and oak are the species most often used as countertop woods.
*Offers a quaint, country look in most kitchens.
*Relatively easy to clean.
*Can be sanded and resealed, as needed.
*Very long-lasting when properly cared for.
*Can be damaged by water and stains over time.
*Surfaces can be scratched and cut by knives.
*Wood is subject to cracking if not maintained; must be oiled and sealed frequently.
*Bacteria can be a problem if not properly maintained.
*Fairly expensive countertop material.
- Stainless Steel is a good choice for a really contemporary and industrial look for your kitchen. Stainless steel countertops are heat resistant and durable. Because they are elaborated to your specifications, you can have a seamless countertop.
*Excellent for modern-style kitchens.
*Impervious to heat damage.
*Easiest of all countertop materials to clean.
*Regarded as “premium” countertop; adds real estate value.
*Very expensive to fabricate.
*Can be easily scratched; not a cutting surface.
- Concrete may be a good choice for your countertops if you have countertops in unusual shapes, or if you want a truly unique kitchen. Due t their heavy weight, concrete countertops are usually cast in forms right in your kitchen. These are not the same kind of concrete slabs used in sidewalks, but highly polished slabs that may even be textured or acid-stained to produce colors.
*Heat and scratch resistant.
*Can be color-tinted.
*Provides a look that is exotic and unusual.
*Decorative textures and colors are possible.
*Costs are high due to custom work.
*Cracking may occur over time.
*Appearance may seem “industrial”; may be viewed negatively by future home buyers.
*Surface is porous unless regularly sealed.
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