One of the best ways to add value to your home is by having a “one-of-a-kind” granite work surface installed in the kitchen or bathroom. Granite offers a combination of durability and beauty that many of our clients find irresistible. These natural work surfaces can vary greatly in color and are often strikingly dramatic. Although it is possible to stain a light to medium toned granite counter with wine; sealing your countertop with a simple application every 3-5 years will greatly mitigate that risk. Granite provides the best protection against burns and is second only to quartz surfacing with respect to resistance to chipping. As a general rule, polished finishes are a little more stain resistant than leather ones. Unique custom finishes such as a “caressed” finish are also available at Kitchen World. The “caressed” finish provides more dimension and visual texture by polishing the high sports of a leathered finish. For more information, call 716-688-1334 today to make your complimentary, personalized appointment to meet with one of our Kitchen Specialists.
Approximately 60% of all countertops installed in America are laminated. Although laminate is not quite as stunning or durable as other countertop materials, it remains the best value for most kitchen remodeling projects. We supply Formica and Wilsonart; these companies offer more color selection than any other counter top manufacturer. Many of the premium laminate styles look so much like natural stone that our clients find it hard to see the difference! Laminate backsplashes can be coved to eliminate the need for caulk and may have an under-mounted sink for easier clean ups. There’s a variety of edge options such as beveled, bull-nosed or square. Premium grade laminate is considerably more scratch resistant than Corian and will resist stains. However, laminate work surfaces have seams that must be kept dry. Also, scratches may not be sanded out of laminate. As with Corian, scratches show less on lighter colored laminate colors. We invite you to come see the plethora of colors, textures and finishes that can be achieved with a laminate counter.
In the eyes of many homeowners, marble is the most beautiful work surface option. The soft white and off-white hues combined with grey or brown veining is both dramatic and romantic. When people choose marble, they often report they feel they are on vacation in Paris every morning as they enjoy a cup of coffee in their newly remodeled Kitchen World kitchen. Please be aware that marble is not as durable as granite or quartz. Marble is relatively soft and more easily susceptible to staining and etching. People who choose marble do so with the understanding that it will patina over time and show wear much like your favorite jeans.
Quartz countertops are a beautiful and durable “zero-maintenance” alternative to granite. These countertops are engineered by combining 90-93% natural quartz crystals with resin and color. These materials are solidified and bonded under extreme heat and pressure with machinery originally invented in Germany. The result is a non-porous material that is slightly more chip resistant than granite. Some interior designers and homeowners choose quartz over granite because they find the color palette to be more contemporary, consistent and exciting. Furthermore, each of our quartz manufacturers offers a marble look that is much lower in maintenance and much more durable than natural marble. We have numerous samples to loan out as well as many quartz counters that can be seen “full size” in our displays at our showroom. Please call 716-688-1334 for your complimentary, personalized appointment to learn more.
Soapstone is a relatively soft, non-porous rock consisting predominantly of talc. It ranges in color from light grey to medium grey and usually has beautiful white veining. One of the most noteworthy characteristics is that it is extremely heat resistant. In fact, this stone is often used in Scandinavia to craft wood burning stoves. Soapstone is also inert, meaning it will not react with acidic foods such as tomato sauce, wine or household cleaners. Soapstone is similar to marble in that over time, it will patina. We recommend bringing out the character of the soapstone by occasionally applying mineral oil to the surface with a soft cloth. The mineral oil serves as a moisture layer that speeds up the oxidation of the stone giving it a richer color tone. Come and see the soapstone counter on a full size display in Kitchen World’s 14,000 square foot showroom.
Our solid surface countertop of choice is Corian. Corian was invented by the DuPont Corporation and 90% of the world’s Corian is manufactured right here in Buffalo, NY. The most impressive quality of Corian is its ability to be installed in a seamless fashion. Two sections of Corian can be fused together in such a manner as to produce the most inconspicuous countertop seam possible; this also enables the sink and backsplash to be fully integrated into the counter- eliminating the need for caulk. Although Corian scratches much easier than granite and quartz; the finish may be renewed every 7-8 years by a countertop professional. Scratches show less on the lighter colors. Come see the great variety of vibrant color choices in our state of the art showroom.
“We came in with a moderately small budget and were still able to get an amazing new kitchen! Our new space is so beautiful and functional. We felt the store is set up perfectly! Displays are realistic and give the shopper an actual view of what a potential kitchen design would look like.”
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