Granite Counter Tops in St. Louis
Custom Countertops to fit all of your kitchen needs.
Our selection of granite countertops in St. Louis will give your kitchen a beautiful, durable, high-end surface. Granite countertops are available in literally hundreds of distinctive patterns and colors. Since granite is a natural stone mined from the earth and cut into slabs, no two pieces of granite are exactly the same. It is common to find that each piece of granite varies from slab to slab even if it was mined from the same stone. Most homeowners find the variations just add to the uniqueness of each slab.
Granite countertops can be polished to a high gloss, among a number of other finishing techniques. You can also choose from square edges or round edges, as well as the type of bevel your countertops will have to match your kitchen cabinet refacing in St. Louis.
Granite yards are popular due to your ability to choose the exact granite slab you want in your kitchen based on the color variations and patterns you prefer. Since the coloring can differ from one half of the granite slab to the other half, seeing the entire slab in person will allow you to choose a specific layout from the slab, so certain elements show up more prominently on your granite kitchen countertop.
Many of the color variations of granite have a depth to them that man-made products cannot seem to match. This is one of the reasons granite continues to be a popular choice for kitchen upgrades when compared to other countertop options.
Granite is a porous stone, so be prepared to seal it each year. Sealing is a way to keep bacteria from accumulating in the pores. Sealed regularly, granite is a durable and hygienic material for kitchens. Sealing will also assist you in keeping your granite stain-free. However, the best way to avoid staining is to clean up spills immediately. Another benefit to granite is that few materials are stronger or more durable. The only downside to this feature is cutting on your granite kitchen countertop will dull your knives.
Since granite is made of rock, it usually takes a few thousand degrees of heat to damage the stone. Even though granite is heat resistant, to eliminate the possibility of your countertops cracking, we suggest you place hot pots and pans on hot pads.
St. Louis Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Granite kitchen countertops are only rivaled in beauty and function by quartz kitchen countertops. Quartz is equally as durable, heat resistant, and chip resistant as granite, but it is a man-made product. It is made from ground quartz rock set in resins with dyes to create hundreds of colors and varieties. Quartz does a great job of mimicking granite with large flowing patterns. Visually, most people cannot distinguish a difference between quartz countertops and granite countertops.
Like granite, quartz does not scratch easily. We still recommend you use cutting boards and just like with granite, we recommend you use hot pads under hot pots and pans. Quartz is resistant to heat, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Quartz countertops have two main benefits when compared to granite. It has anti-bacterial properties due to its non-porous nature. This is one reason quartz is considered to be a super-hygienic countertop option, but it also factors into why homeowners consider quartz to be so easy to care for. Its lack of porosity means you will not need to reseal quartz each year like you will with granite.
St. Louis Laminate Kitchen Countertops
If you are looking for kitchen countertops that are relatively inexpensive and durable, laminate kitchen countertops are your best bet. Many of Classic Kitchen Refacing’s laminate countertop choices mimic granite with large flowing patterns and different color options. Laminate is manufactured from plastic that has been heat molded and glued onto a piece of particle board or wood. Laminate kitchen countertops are stain resistant and very easy to clean.
Unfortunately, laminate is a plastic surface that can easily scratch. We recommend you never use a knife directly on the surface for this reason. You can also scratch and /or dull the surface of your laminate countertops by using abrasive cleaners. Staining is not as much of a concern with laminate, but spills do need to be cleaned up immediately and thoroughly in order to avoid warping. Seams in your countertops are areas most prone to warping, so these areas will require special care. Also, we always suggest you use wire racks or hot pads to prevent hot pots and pans from burning your laminate countertops.