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How Much do Corian Countertops Cost?

When you are remodeling your kitchen, one of the decisions you will have to make is what type of countertop to choose. There are many different materials to choose from, but one of the most popular is Corian. Corian is a solid surface material that comes in a variety of colors and styles.

It is durable, easy to clean, and can be customized to fit your needs. But how much does a Corian countertop cost? In this blog post, we will discuss the factors that affect the price of a Corian countertop, as well as some tips on how to save money.

Corian countertops are extremely popular these days, and given the several advantages associated with Corian solid surface countertops, the trend is set to continue. Corian is preferred owing to its wide range of colors and patterns, ease of cleaning and maintenance, stain and scratch resistance, attractiveness, and durability.

Of course, when it comes to Corian countertops, price is a major factor to consider. Read on for a cost breakdown of Corian countertops.

How Much do Corian Countertops Cost?

The average cost of Corian countertops ranges between $40 to over $100 per square foot. This cost is based on the type, countertop dimensions, edge profile, cut-outs required, and other specifications. It’s critical to get a quote for your unique project. Make sure all the necessary information is included, as well as a final price that includes fabrication, installation, and taxes.

The cost of the Corian material and its fabrication and installation might differ by company. You’ll want to find a fabricator and installer that is competent in the technique. The finest material can be destroyed by poor craftsmanship. However, shoddy material will not improve with better fabrication and installation.

Three Factors That Can Affect the Price.

  1. Brand and Manufacturer: Corian countertops can vary in price depending on the manufacturer of the material. Some producers, for example, cut corners and produce inexpensive wholesale solid surface sheets.
  2. Colors and patterns: Veined, and dark colors will cost more than light to medium colors. Material is generally more expensive and the fabrication process is more time consuming leading to higher cost.
  3. Quality: Corian solid surface sheets come in a variety of grades and qualities. Acrylic is the best, blended is second and polyester solid surface is last. We recommend using acrylic material because of its overall durability.

Additional Items That Can Affect the Price

  • Leveling – Cabinets must be level. Unlevel cabinets will need to be levelled prior to the installation of the countertops.
  • Demo – Old countertops need to be removed. This will include the removal and disposal of the existing countertop.
  • Cutouts – Sink, Cooktop and Electrical outlets will typically cost extra but should be factored into the price. Almost every top has a cutout.
  • Support – Overhang support is critical at peninsulas and island tops with seating. Small overhangs will not need additional support.
  • Subtops – Cabinet makers will typically include a subtop. If you do not have an existing subtop, a 5/8″ thick subtop will need to be installed prior to the countertop installation.
  • Backsplash – Using Corian for your backsplash will cost a little extra because of the additional material and the fabrication labor to polish the top edge.
  • Cove Backsplash – Coving a splash is when the countertop and splash are all continuous without a seam.

Ways to Save Money

  • Range – Eliminate the cooktop and use a slide in range. This will reduce the number of square feet needed for your counter. Most countertops are priced by the sqaure foot and eliminating this material can save about $200.
  • Top Mount Sink – Generally a top mount sink cutout does not increase the price of a countertops. While this type of sink is not typically used in a residential kitchen, it works great in a powder room, laundry and commercial tops.
  • Subtop – No need for a subtop with Corian solid surface except for an area with an overhang. Subtops are about $250 and are not needed for this type of countertop material.

 

For more information about your next countertop project, contact Valerie at Olive Mill.
Call or text (714) 528-3789 | valerie.olivemill@gmail.com | Contractor’s License #823217

Unique Calacatta - Metro Quartz Countertop

Are Waterfall Countertops Out of Style in 2022?

Waterfall countertops were all the rage a few years ago, but are they still popular in 2022? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of this type of countertop to find out.

1. What are waterfall countertops and what do they look like? Waterfall edges are created by continuing the countertop material down the end of cabinet to the floor. This gives the countertop an appearance that resembles a waterfall.

2. What are the benefits of having waterfall countertops in your home? It adds a dramatic element of luxury and can make a small kitchen appear larger. Waterfalls are a fantastic way to highlight the color and pattern. They may be viewed from various perspectives than the counter, which adds to the appeal of the material.

3. Are waterfall countertops out of style now? In recent years, the popularity of waterfall countertops has declined but not due to them being out of style. Due to the higher cost of material, many homeowners have opted out of having them installed in their home.

4. Are waterfall edges more expensive? Yes, waterfall countertops are typically more expensive to install than other types of countertops. This is due in part to the extra materials needed and the additional labor involved in creating the waterfall edge.

5. If you’re thinking about getting waterfall countertops for your home, what are some things you should keep in mind before making a final decision?

    • They are stylish and elegant and can add a touch of luxury to your kitchen.
    • They can be more expensive than other types of countertops.
    • They can be difficult to install, so you may need to hire a professional.
    • They may be out of style in a few years, so you should weigh the pros and cons.

Are waterfall countertops still popular in 2022? That’s a tough question to answer, as trends tend to come and go. However, there are several benefits to having this type of countertop in your home that may make it worth considering for your next kitchen remodel project.

 

For more information about your next countertop project, contact Valerie at Olive Mill.
Call or text (714) 528-3789 | valerie.olivemill@gmail.com | Contractor’s License #823217

Granite Countertops – Can They Burn?

Besides its stunning, long-lasting beauty, one of the top advantages of granite countertops is their durability. In fact, granite is one of the hardest materials on Earth. Natural stone is resistant to scratches, stains, and heat. One of the most frequent questions homeowners ask is: Can granite countertops burn? Granite Countertop – Can they burn?

The simple answer is no, granite as a natural porous stone will not burn. Because it began as a liquid magma deep within the Earth, and over millions of years is cooled and compressed, it has a natural resistance to heat damage.

Unlike other natural or synthetic products that require trivets to avoid marring their surface from hot pots and pans, heat does not damage these counters. Pots and pans heated to nine hundred degrees will not scorch their lustrous finish, and even a direct flame applied to its surface will not leave burnt or scarred marks.

However, the long answer is that, while it is safe to briefly set hot cookware directly on top of your countertops, there are considerations that may make use of a trivet or hot pad wise.

Epoxy Resin Sealants

If your slab has been treated with epoxy resin sealants, the epoxy may soften with exposure to high temperatures. However, according to Stone World, small cracks and fractures will not be affected, and any visible patches of epoxy glue will soon revert to their original state once the surface temperature cools.

Surface Sealers

If you have applied a topical sealer to your counters, check the product label for any warnings about interactions with heat and damage to the finish. Some sealants, especially those with a wax base, may burn and become difficult to remove.

Burns

Granite, especially darker varieties, retains heat. Placing a flame-hot pan directly onto a counter will heat the surface. If someone touches this spot immediately after the pan is moved, there is a risk of injury from burns. Because the stone’s color does not change when extremely hot, there is no warning that the surface could be potentially dangerous.

Staining

Placing a hot pan directly onto an improperly sealed countertop can result in oily stains if the bottom surface of the pan is dirty. While the pan may look clean to the naked eye, metals in the pan may react with the burner, causing a residue that may stain.

Thermal Shock

While a granite countertop will withstand hot cookware, it is smart to allow pots and pans to cool before placing them on the surface. When heat is applied to a cold surface, the rapid shift in molecules can cause cracks, and over time may compromise your counter’s integrity.

Always check with your fabricator to avoid damaging the granite. To be on the safe side, consider using trivets and hot pads to absorb heat, prevent stains and protect your investment.

Porcelain Countertops Pros and Cons – 2022

Neolith Calacatta Countertop with Waterfall Edge

Neolith Calacatta Countertop with Waterfall Edge

Are Porcelain Countertops right for your home?

WHAT ARE PORCELAIN COUNTERTOPS?

Porcelain kitchen countertops are a man-made product made from clay. The clay called ‘China clay’ is mixed with other minerals to create the strength and durability of porcelain.

The combination of these materials is put into a kiln and fired at extremely high temperatures. This creates a dense, durable material resistant to stains, heat, UV rays, scratches, chips, and cracks.

During the manufacturing of porcelain countertops, pigmented glazes are added to create different patterns and colors on the porcelain slab. Porcelain can be either glazed or unglazed. However, glazing increases the durability of the slab by making it shiny and less porous (which means there is a decreased risk of staining).

DRAWBACK OF PORCELAIN COUNTERS

One downside to glazed porcelain is that the printing is only on the surface. This means that if it chips, you can see a different color on the inside. On the other hand, unglazed porcelain has the same color on both the surface and the interior of the slab.

PORCELAIN COLORS AND PATTERNS

Just like other countertops, porcelain countertops come in assorted colors and designs that look like natural materials, like marble, wood grain, or concrete. But remember that the pattern and color won’t be on the inside of the countertop since it’s applied only to the top surface during glazing.

PORCELAIN COUNTERTOP EDGES

Porcelain countertops are unique because of the printing on the surface. The patterns and colors are only on the top, so you can’t cut a rounded edge. Most people choose a simple square edge to keep the pattern and color.

PORCELAIN COUNTERTOP DURABILITY

Although porcelain slabs are durable, they are also lightweight and thin. The typical thickness for porcelain countertops is ¼ inch (6 mm) or ½ inch (12 mm). Porcelain slabs can also be made in large sizes, which is useful for covering an entire island without seams.

Once installed, however, porcelain is extremely hard and durable. Cracking is only a big issue during the handling, moving, and cutting of exceptionally large slabs.

Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops: Pros and Cons

Salerno - Metro Quartz Countertop

Salerno – Metro Quartz Countertop

If you are in the market for a new countertop, you may wonder if quartz is the right choice. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about quartz countertops: pros and cons! We will also provide some tips on how to choose the right quartz countertop for your home.

Quartz countertops are made from natural quartz, which is a hard rock. They are extremely durable and can withstand heavy use. Quartz is also non-porous, so they do not require sealing and are easy to clean. Additionally, quartz comes in many colors and styles, making it a popular choice for kitchen countertops.

However, there are some downsides to consider before choosing quartz countertops. First, they can be expensive compared to other types of countertops. Second, if they are damaged or scratched, it can be difficult to repair them. Lastly, since quartz is a harder material than other stones used for countertops (like granite), it may be more difficult to cut and install.

Quartz is similar in hardness to granite, but it isn’t as heat resistant. If you want to cook a lot on your counters, granite may be a superior choice.

If you’re looking for a durable, stylish and easy-to-maintain countertop material, quartz might be the right choice for you. But be sure to weigh the pros and cons before making your final decision.

Pros:

  1. Non-porous (doesn’t require sealing)
  2. Easy to clean
  3. Comes in many colors and styles
  4. Scratch Resistant

Cons:

  1. Susceptible to high heat
  2. Difficult to repair if damaged
  3. Seams are visible
  4. Cold to the touch

Quartz vs Quartzite Countertops, What’s The Difference?

Bianco Aspen - Metro Quartz Countertop

Bianco Aspen – Metro Quartz Countertop

The main distinction between quartz and quartzite is the fact that quartz is a manufactured material while quartzite is a natural stone. Sandstone is converted to quartzite through a natural process of heat and pressure in which sparkling quartz crystals are fused with it.

Quartzite is usually white or light gray, but minerals in the stone can produce pink, gold, or crimson-brown hues.

Quartz countertops are made of quartz crystals that have been bonded with resins, pigments, and other materials such as shards of glass by a man-made process. The countertop material is an exceptionally durable, non-porous surface composed of quartz crystals. Quartz comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Aside from the considerable composition distinctions, the stylistic ones are also significant. Quartzite is frequently confused with marble or granite. It has the same delicate veining and coloration as marble, although it lacks the granular texture of marble. A quartzite countertop may be used to provide a natural appearance with a lot of motion.

Quartz can be made to resemble any stone and comes in a variety of colors and designs. If you want your slab to match a certain color or have a consistent design throughout, quartz is probably the best choice for your home.

The care procedure and longevity of quartz vs. quartzite are two more significant distinctions between the two materials. Quartz’s strength stems from its binding process, which helps to extract air and results in a non-porous, chip-resistant surface.

Quartzite is a hard stone. It is less dense than quartz and will stain in high-use areas. Quartzite must be sealed to avoid stains, but quartz does not.

Quartz is a popular choice for countertops due to its versatility and durability. If you enjoy having numerous alternatives and a dependable, consistent appearance to your counters; or if you’re looking for a long-lasting material that won’t break the bank, quartz may be the answer.

However, if you don’t mind a little upkeep in return for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind natural appearance, our quartzite countertops are worth considering.

So, what’s the difference between quartz and quartzite countertops? The main difference is that quartzite is a natural stone made from sandstone, while quartz is manufactured using ground-up quartz crystals. Quartzite is more durable than quartz and can withstand high temperatures, making it a good choice for kitchens or bathrooms with open flames (like gas stoves). If you’re looking for a beautiful, natural stone countertop that will last for years, go with quartzite; if you’re after a sleek, modern look, choose quartz instead. Ready to start shopping? Give us a call today!

Quartz, Porcelain and Granite Countertops Seams – Top 10 Tips

Quartz Seam

Poor Seam Quality

Many homeowners are interested in quartz, porcelain, and granite countertops for their homes. Both types of countertops offer a durable, elegant finish that can last for many years with proper care.

However, one thing to consider when choosing between these two materials is the seams. Seams are where the countertop material is joined together, and they can be more visible on certain types of stone than others.

Here are our top tips for making your quartz or granite countertop seams as inconspicuous as possible.

  1. Realistic Expectations – Have realistic expectations of the material. Although a good seam should be inconspicuous, do not expect it to be invisible. A seam in granite and quartz countertops will always be something that you can both see and feel. (Seam quality in picture to right is unacceptable.)
  2. Color and Pattern – The color and pattern selected can make a difference in the appearance of the seam. Light colors (white, beige, light grays) with a solid or small pattern will have more conspicuous seams than a material with multiple colors and patterns.
  3. See a Sample – Be sure your fabricator shows you a sample of their seam quality. A fabricator should either have a showroom that you can go to and view a seam, or they should provide a list of past clients willing to let you come to their home and see the quality of work installed.
  4. Seam Location – There is some controversy about whether a seam should be put in the middle of a sink or cooktop cut out. Some fabricators feel the seam is more vulnerable to breakage in those areas. However, if you prefer to have a seam in one or both locations, ask your fabricator if the material can handle such a small seam.
  5. Seam Layout – Seam layouts should be done before cutting material. Your fabricator should know the length and width of your material and should determine the exact position prior to cutting. If you prefer, discuss the seam location when the fabricator is making the pattern (template) for your countertop. Be sure to be present while they are doing final field measurements, so you can discuss seam location.
  6. Epoxy Seams – Countertop deck seams should be bonded with an epoxy similar in color(s) to the granite / quartz material. Deck seams should not be bonded with silicone.
  7. “Industry Standards” – This is a fancy term used to say the seam is “Good Enough”. Industry standards recommend deck seams can be up to 1/16” wide with a +/- tolerance of 1/64”. Veteran fabricators work to achieve a much tighter fit.
  8. granite seam lippage

    Quartz Seam Lippage

    Lippage – A good seam should be level. Many times, fabricators encounter un-level cabinets, varied slab thickness, and bowed or warped material. This requires the fabricator to shim the countertops or modify the material to get a quality seam. Even minor amounts of lippage are noticeable and sometimes unavoidable due to permanent warp in the material.

  9. Final Positioning – When your fabricator installs your countertops, it’s not typical to have the seam fit perfectly the first time. Most fabricators will layout the tops and do a “dry fit” the first time, and then take the tops out of the house to make slight modifications. This may need to be done multiple times to achieve a great fit. This is normal, and you should not be alarmed.
  10. See It Yourself – Be sure to be present on the day your fabricator installs the countertops. If you have any concerns about the appearance of the seam, it can be addressed immediately before countertops have been permanently set in place.

Quartz, porcelain and granite countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners. When selecting a countertop, it is important to consider the seams. These are our top 10 tips to help you choose the best quartz or granite countertop for your home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or text today. Our team would be happy to help you find the perfect countertop for your home.