Granite is one of natures most beautiful creations. When you are able to capture this beauty in your home, it adds an elegant design that can bring out your personality through the colors you choose. Granite is a very hard and durable stone. It is low maintenance and with Master Bath’s new lower price it is now more affordable than ever!
Comparing granite to:
Cultured marble- Granite will initially cost more, but its superb ability to withstand high temperatures will hold up extremely well in your bathroom counter tops. Cultured Marble has integral sinks, drop in sinks, and can accommodate under mount sinks. Granite counters that need sinks can use drop in and under mount sinks. Cultured Marble cannot be installed in counter tops other than bathroom. (Some companies will install cultured marble in kitchens, but Master Bath believes it will not hold up to the demands that a kitchen has.)
Solid surface- Granite will cost about the same (depending on the color of choice), most people view granite as a product that won’t ever go out of style. Some solid surface materials will “date” the home as styles and trends change. Solid Surface counter tops can be used in the kitchen as well as the bath, but you need to be extra careful with hot items on solid surface materials, as they may cause heat induced cracks or thermal shock. Sinks can be “glued in” to give a seamless look. Counter tops do not need to be sealed, like Granite. Material used on Solid Surface counter tops is most commonly 1/2″ thick with a double stacked lamination on the outside edges to give it a 1 &1/2″ thick appearance. Granite is usually ordered as 2cm or 3cm (2 cm is almost the same as 3/4″ and 3 cm is almost 1&1/4″ thick. The 2 cm material is commonly laminated on the front edge to give an appearance of 1 & 3/4″ thick material.
Plastic Laminate- This countertop is a thin plastic sheet that is glued on particle board. The best advantage is its price point. Plastic laminate has visible seams, and joints. Can be formed with a coved backsplash. Sinks are generaly drop in, and not very deep. Comes in a wide variety of colors and textures, mostly replicating granite, wood, and solid surface materials. Plastic Laminate does not need to be sealed like granite.
Engineered Stone- Typically made with a ratio of 90+% of natural Quartz material with aproximately 7% resin. The mixture is compressed under a tremendous ammount of weight. Comes in sheets or slabs that mimic granite, but lack the natural veins or large flowing movements that granite has. Will have seams, but does not need to be sealed. This is one of the more expensive options, and we believe that the added expense with less than “natural” look does not make this a great cannidate.
Concrete- Can be templated on site, formed in a shop and brought back for installation. Or can be fabricated in place. Hard to predict how the stain will affect the final outcome. Cracks naturally form due to the nature of the product. Very low material cost, but labor is very expensive. Due to the varied methods of manfacture, it is very difficult to determine quality or durability until often it is too late. Has a chemical treatment used to seal the top. Bowls are often molded into the countertop.
What is granite?
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Caring for Granite
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