Counter Intelligence

By Bedrosians Tile & Stone | 2/27/2018

The kitchen is the heart of your home. It's the place with the most activity, the biggest messes and where friends and family gather. When it comes time to build or remodel, it's tempting to choose a countertop based on looks alone, but we recommend you choose a countertop that not only looks nice, but also suits your lifestyle and expectations. Different circumstances require different materials. Families with children often like something durable and stain-resistant; gourmet cooks prefer hard-working materials and avid entertainers tend to desire a material that fuses high style with ease of care.

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Bedrosians Tile & Stone has numerous options for your kitchen counters, and this guide will help you choose the surface that is perfect for you and your home. Let's explore some of our most popular choices.

QUARTZ

Sequel Quartz countertop in Snow WhiteGet this look with Sequel® Quartz in 3cm polished Snow White
Source: Good Housekeeping-Jason Hartog

Quartz, also know as engineered stone, is the emerging leader in countertop choice, for kitchens and also bathrooms, both in residential and commercial spaces. It's mostly made up of natural quartz and filled in with resins and pigments. We offer you our Sequel Quartz® by Bedrosians. From traditional to modern and every style in between, there is a quartz countertop color and pattern to complement your overall kitchen design. It's a great choice for busy families, yet also offers a contemporary, high-style appeal.

Reasons to choose Sequel Quartz®

  • Extremely durable. Sequel Quartz® is stain and scratch resistant without the need for sealants.
  • Easy to clean and maintain. Engineered with quality natural quartz and resins, Sequel Quartz® is a non-porous surface, providing a 99.9% bacteria-free and sanitary environment with easy cleaning. It is certified by NSF International (the National Sanitation Foundation).
  • Uniformity in colors and patterns. Available is a large array of colors and patterns, you will find solid and sleek options and others with patterns and details meant to emulate and evoke the look of natural stone. While color patterns present in a natural stone can vary from one end to the other, they don’t fluctuate with quartz.
  • Versatile. Unique, modern, and ideal for indoor residential and commercial applications. It's suitable for kitchen countertops, table tops, shower walls and bathroom vanities.
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty. Sequel Quartz® by Bedrosians® is warranted to be free of material manufacturing defects under normal use and service. Learn more about our warranty.
  • Health certifications. Our quartz is GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certified.  GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. GREENGUARD Gold guarantees that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities
  • Available in two finishes. Polished and Natural
  • Available in two thicknesses: 2cm and 3cm
  • Available in pre-fab options. Now offering eight colors of prefabricated quartz countertops for a more cost effective option that allows faster installation.

Popular color choices

Classic WhiteClassic White polished
MeranoMerano polished
Bianco VenatinoBianco Venatino polished
Waterford CreamWaterford Cream polished
Taj MahalTaj Mahal polished
Cameo WhiteCameo White polished
Pietra GreyPietra Grey polished
CharcoalCharcoal Natural
Amina BlackAmina Black polished

Things to consider

  • Use limitations.  Quartz is not as resistant to heat as most natural stone, so extra caution is needed with hot pots and pans in the kitchen or hot hair tools in the bathroom. Always use hot pads and trivets to protect your counter from heat. For this reason, it's not suitable for fireplace surrounds. Also, because of the resins present in the material, it is not recommended for outdoor use, as the colors can alter over time from the sun.
  • Chemical sensitivity.  Highly acidic or alkaline-based household chemicals such as heavy duty cleaners or bleach can damage man-made quartz. To avoid damaging your counter, clean it with water and mild soap or pick up a cleaner specifically designed to care for quartz surfaces from any of our locations.

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QUARTZITE

Sequel Quartz countertop in Snow WhiteGet this look with Giotto 2cm polished quartzite slab
Source: Bunker Workshop / Photo: Matt Delphenich

Quartzite, unlike quartz which is man-made, is 100% natural stone quarried from the earth. It is another durable and unique option for your kitchen counters. Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock, created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth. The base colors of quartzite are usually white, grey or or creamy beige because quartz sand is light colored. Additional minerals carried by groundwater can add hues of green, blue, or red, making it a truly stunning stone. One of the leading reasons quartzite is gaining popularity is its resemblance to light colored marble, which offers a very luxurious, high-end aesthetic. But it's the strength and durability quartzite delivers that makes it a top choice for kitchen counters.

Reasons to choose quartzite

  • Extremely durable. Quartzite is harder than granite and more dense, making it extremely durable and resistant to stains.
  • Easy to clean and maintain. Seal your stone at installation and every 1-2 years. Clean with water and/or a pH neutral cleaner.
  • Stunning color options. In its purest form, quartzite is white like marble, but have impurities in it that lead to some incredible patterns and colors. Homeowners and designers love it because of its strength and marble-like aesthetic.
  • Versatile. Suitable for interior and exterior use in both residential and commercial spaces. Because it's a natural mineral, quartzite is formed to withstand the elements. It won’t weather or fade because of exposure to the sun.
  • Available in three finishes. Polished, Honed and Leathered
  • Available in two thicknesses: 2cm and 3cm

Popular color choices

Mont Blanc polishedMont Blanc leathered
Infinity polishedInfinity polished
White Macaubas polishedWhite Macaubas polished
Taj Mahal polishedTaj Mahal polished
Nuage polishedNuage polished
Lumix polishedLumix polished
Sequoia Brown leatheredSequoia Brown leathered
Fantasy Macaubas polishedFantasy Macaubas polished
Fusion polishedFusion polished

Things to consider

  • Needs to be sealed.  Because it's natural stone, it should be sealed with a penetrating sealer when it's installed and again every 1-2 years. 
  • Prone to etching.  When exposed to acids like lemon juice or vinegar, your quartzite can etch, causing a lighter area, a darker area to appear, or a place where the shiny finish of the stone has become dulled. To prevent this, always use cutting boards and wipe up spills immediately.

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MARBLE

Absolute Black granite 3cm honed slabGet this look with Statuario Venatino 3cm honed marble slab
Source: Laura Burleson

Marble's inherent beauty and luxurious statement makes it a popular choice for kitchen counters. It conjures elegance and affluence. But before putting it into one of the busiest, messiest places in the home, we want to share its limitation. To understand, it helps to know it's a metamorphic stone, which is formed when sediment crystallizes under great heat or pressure to form hard rock. Marble is made of calcium carbonate, which gives it a chemical structure that reacts easily with acids and leads to etching on the surface. It also makes it a softer stone than granite, quartzite and quartz. The counter's edge and around the sink can ding if a pot or pan hits it hard. The surface can also scratch if rough textures are dragged across it.

As long as you know and accept the nature of marble, yet are still drawn by its unparalled magnitism, you can fall in love with your counters for a lifetime. To minimize how fast your counters age, wipe up spills as they happen; reseal them at least once a year; and wash them with gentle, non-acidic cleaners. If you wouldn't wash your hands with a certain cleaner, don't use it on your marble.

Reasons to choose marble

  • Endurance. Marble has been a foundation element in architecture and design for many centuries. It has maintained its solid place in design and longevity in style because of its timeless beauty and luxe appeal.
  • Unique options. Marble countertops will bring an unmatched beauty to any kitchen. Even if you see the same named stone in a restaurant, another person's home, or even a magazine, it will undoubtedly look just as beautiful, yet entirely different than your countertop.
  • Versatile. Suitable for interior and exterior use in both residential and commercial spaces. Because it's a natural material, marble is formed to withstand the elements. It won’t fade because of exposure to the sun.
  • Available in three finishes. Polished, Honed, Brushed
  • Available in two thicknesses: 2cm and 3cm

Popular color choices

White Carrara honedWhite Carrara honed
Montclair Danby honedMontclair Danby honed
Statuario Venato honedStatuario Venato honed
Bianco Seta polishedBianco Seta polished
Calacatta Oro polishedCalacatta Oro polished
Ashen Grey honedAshen Grey honed
Crema Marfil polishedCrema Marfil polished
Silver Fantasy polishedSilver Fantasy polished
Emperador Dark polishedEmperador Dark polished

Things to consider

  • Think of marble as the jeans of countertops. Like your favorite pair of jeans, marble countertops will look better and better with a little wear and age, giving them a unique and organic character.  (Source: Apartment Therapy)
  • Stains are a possibility, but preventable. Marble is more porous than granite and quartzite and you need to put a barrier between it and stain-causing substances. To help prevent stains, reseal your countertops 2-3 times a year. Prevention is key: wipe up spills as soon as they happen so they don't have time to etch or leave a stain.
  • Prone to etching.  When exposed to acids like lemon juice or vinegar, your marble can etch, causing a lighter area, a darker area to appear, or a place where the shiny finish of the stone has become dulled. To prevent this, always use cutting boards and wipe up spills immediately. Traditionally, people have chosen polished marble for its sophisticated appearance. However, lately, "honed" is the finish of choice. Polished marble is fairly stain resistant, but any etches in the shiny surface become more noticeable. Honed marble isn’t always seen as sleek as polished, but its subtle texture helps disguise etching.
  • You can restore your marble. If you notice your marble starting to lose its polish or increased stains, don't fret. There are ways to restore the shine or lift out some stains. Bedrosians offers products that can help or you can contact a professional who specializes in stone restoration.

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PORCELAIN

Magnifica Porcelain in Pure White 12mm polishedGet this look with Magnifica® Porcelain in Pure White 12mm polished
Source: Amelia Carter

Designed as a cost-effective, maintenance-free alternative to stone and quartz slabs, Magnifica® Porcelain by Bedrosians bring projects the scale and elegant style of natural stone, while expressing all the benefits of porcelain in a product of unrivaled performance and appearance. Not only are they large, measuring about 10 feet by 5 feet, they also are extremely slim, with profiles as thin as 1/8" (6mm) and 1/4" (12mm).

Magnifica® Porcelain is a perfect surface for creating seamless countertops and islands because of its thin profile options and large dimensions. Designers and architects are drawn to its sleek aesthetic that allows for minimal grout lines and the grandeur of a large solid surface. This product offers amazing flexibility, and is scratch, stain and crack resistant, mold resistant, heat and frost proof, with no artificial binders and no VOC emissions.

Reasons to choose Magnifica® Porcelain

  • Stone, concrete and industrial looks. This collection sports six options: four achieve unparalleled marble and basalt stone detail, while two are sleek, contemporary and industrial designs.
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean. Withstands scaling, moisture and stains and is resistant to scuffing, scratching, fire and heat. Unlike natural stone, porcelain never needs to be sealed.
  • Heat proof and extremely scratch & stain resistant. Because this surface is made of porcelain, you can set hot pots and pans on it. You can even create an induction cooking top with it. Magnifica® is non-porous and will resist stains. It is also more scratch resistant than quartz.
  • Varied sizes and profiles work for different surfaces. The thin 6mm profile, in a 60"x120" slab, are perfect for perimeter counters, while for islands and extra long counters, we recommend the 60"x126" which is slightly thicker at 12mm. The thicker, longer option offers more surface and handles well with cuts for sinks.
  • Perfect for outdoor kitchens. Because Magnifica® is porcelain, it creates the opportunity to use indoor surfaces outside, obtaining an elegant effect of continuity and depth. It offers aesthetic continuity between spaces thanks to the adaptability of Magnifica® to both dry and wet environments, allowing for perfect placement on any type of outdoor foundation.
  • Health and sustainability certifications. Magnifica® is GREENGUARD and Green Squared certified.  GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Tile that is Green Squared certified guarantees it meets the American National Standard Specifications (ANSI) for Sustainable Ceramic Tiles, Glass Tiles, and Tile Installation Materials.
  • Light weight, sustainable and made in the USA. Weighs a fraction of traditional tile and stone slabs, yet is durable and ideal for both new installations and remodels since it can be installed over existing surfaces, saving valuable construction time. It saves cost on tear-outs and significantly reduces waste in the landfills. Magnifica® is produced in a in Crossville, Tennessee with a sustainable, green, environmental-friendly process that reduces, reuses and recycles
  • Available in two finishes: Polished and Honed
  • Available in bookmatched options: Bookmatching refers to the practice of matching two (or more) slabs and placing them side by side to mirror each other – much like an open book. The slabs can take on a look of abstract art and create stunning stonescapes that will elevate the style in the room.
  • Available in multiple faces: Because Magnifica® is meant to replicate the beauty of natural stone, the patterns in the stone must vary as well or the end result looks unnatural. To achieve the randomness found naturally in marble, we offer four unique faces in Calacatta Super White, Statuario Super White and Lincoln Super White in the 60"x120" sizes. For a large wall or floor, you can lay the faces in sequential order to create the illusion of a massive single piece of stone. Or, you can set them randomly in different compositions to create a non-uniform look.

Pure WhitePure White
Statuario Super WhiteStatuario Super White
Calacatta Super WhiteCalacatta Super White
Lincoln Super WhiteLincoln Super White
CementiCementi
BasaltoBasalto

Things to consider

  • Must be fabricated and installed by a professional fabricator. Where small tile countertops can be installed by a tile setter or a skilled DIY-er, porcelain slabs are extremely large and must be handled by a fabricator with professional tools and equipment. Also, these fabricators need to certified by the product manufacturer, which Bedrosians helps facilitate.
  • Limited edge profiles. The edge detail is limited to flat polished or mitered. Common edge details such as bullnose or more intricate edges are not able to be fabricated. Due to the material being so thin, the fabricator either needs to miter an edge for you to give you a thicker countertop look or you are going to have a very skinny look. In addition, in areas like an undermount sink you will see how thin the material is. Your kitchen design cannot include very sharp inside corners. Corners must be slightly rounded so it does not crack when the installer is cutting.

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GRANITE

Absolute Black granite 3cm honed slabGet this look with Absolute Black 3cm honed granite slab
Source: Paul Moon Design

Granite is a hard stone that's formed over time from volcanic magma making it extremely durable and a perfect material for kitchens. Granite countertops are gorgeous additions to a home, with each piece like a unique work of art. Because granite is available in so many colors and patterns, you can find something to fit any decor or design scheme.

Reasons to choose granite

  • Extremely durable. It's heat, acid, stain and scratch resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain. Seal your stone periodically and wash with water and/or a pH neutral cleaner.
  • Each slab is unique. Colors include shades and combinations of black, grey, white, green, gold, coral, brown, beige with simple patterns to complex swirls, chunks and veins.
  • Versatile. Granite is suitable for interior and exterior use in both residential and commercial spaces. Because it's a natural mineral, granite is formed to withstand the elements. It won’t weather or fade because of exposure to the sun.
  • Available in several finishes. Polished, Honed, Leathered or Flamed
  • Available in two thicknesses: 2cm and 3cm

Popular color choices

Moon White polishedMoon White polished
Viscon White polishedViscon White polished
Monte Carlo Bordeaux polishedMonte Carlo Bordeaux polished
Santa Cecilia leatheredSanta Cecilia leathered
Blue Nile polishedBlue Nile polished
Amarone polishedAmarone polished
Blue Bahia polishedBlue Bahia polished
Dark Fantasy polishedDark Fantasy polished
Absolute Black honedAbsolute Black honed

Things to consider

  • Needs to be sealed.  Because granite is a natural stone, it should be sealed with a penetrating sealer when it's installed and again every 1-2 years.  However, it is not a complicated process and is something the average homeowner can choose tackle themselves. Remember to clean your counter with substances that won't affect the seal.  We sell many products that will help you care for your counter.
  • View the whole slab. While there are slabs that can be reliably chosen from a small sample, most others require viewing the entire slab so you see and examine the variation from one area of the slab to another. A small sample can't always represent all the differences that naturally occur across the slab. Plan to visit one of our slab yards to make your final selection.

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