coun­ter­tops 101

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS -

Kitchens and bath­rooms are among the most com­mon ren­o­va­tion projects, and coun­ter­tops are of­ten a fo­cal point of these re­designs. How­ever, choos­ing the right coun­ter­top can be over­whelm­ing. To help make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion a lit­tle sim­pler, JCPen­ney Home Ser­vices ex­perts of­fer in­sight on two of the most pop­u­lar choices:

Gran­ite coun­ter­tops have long been the main­stay of a beau­ti­ful kitchen or bath­room. Gran­ite is a nat­u­ral stone, quar­ried from large stone de­posits around the world. It can have many dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of pat­terns and col­ors, giv­ing each slab a unique ap­pear­ance that is visu­ally rich and dy­namic.

In ad­di­tion to its dis­tinc­tive beauty and clas­sic el­e­gance, gran­ite is also ex­tremely durable. Gran­ite is highly re­sis­tant to heat and scratches and, with proper seal­ing, of­fers good wa­ter and stain re­sis­tance and is easy to clean.

Gran­ite typ­i­cally needs to be sealed, both prior to in­stal­la­tion and at least once per year. If prop­erly main­tained, a gran­ite coun­ter­top will last for as long as you own your home, mak­ing it a po­ten­tial long- term in­vest­ment.

Quartz is an­other pop­u­lar choice for coun­ter­tops due to its dura­bil­ity, stain re­sis­tance and ease of main­te­nance.

It’s an en­gi­neered prod­uct made mostly from up to 93 per­cent quartz, a non- por­ous nat­u­ral stone, com­bined with a small amount of binder and color. Small par­ti­cles of glass or re­flec­tive metal flakes can also be added to some quartz de­signs to achieve a more unique look. The re­sult is an at­trac­tive slab that can be made in a wide va­ri­ety of tones and col­ors, and can be fin­ished to du­pli­cate high gloss pol­ished stone.

Quartz is one of the most durable coun­ter­top ma­te­ri­als and one of the eas­i­est to main­tain. It is highly re­sis­tant to heat, wa­ter and stains, in­clud­ing stains from cof­fee, wine, le­mon juice, olive oil, vine­gar and more. Un­like gran­ite, quartz does not need to be sealed, mak­ing it eas­ier to main­tain over time. To aid in the plan­ning process with­out the need for a sales­per­son, a re­source like the Coun­ter­top Wizard at JCPen­ney­home­ser­vices.com lets you scope out the project and or­der sam­ples on­line. Sim­ply en­ter mea­sure­ments, browse and se­lect ma­te­ri­als and op­tions to get in­stant quotes.

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