Countertop Design

As with floors, your counters help to define the style of your unique home. We gather around our counters in the kitchen to cook for our families and entertain our friends, and we start and end our days getting ready for work and ready for bed in our bathrooms. Andrew Lauren Interiors is dedicated to making sure you’ll love your new countertops and that you are choosing the right materials for your lifestyle. Below are some of the choices you’ll have.

Engineered Quartz

Engineered quartz is the style chameleon of countertops. Whether you love modern or traditional, subtle tones or vibrant colors, honed or polished, flecked or patterned, quartz’s myriad options will have you covered. Engineered quartz is also easyto maintain, nontoxic and nonallergenic — there’s not much to dislike about this stunning man-made material.

Engineered quartz is formed from roughly 90 to 95 percent ground quartz and 5 to 10 percent resins and pigments. Commonly found brands include Caesarstone, Silestone, Zodiaq, Cambria, Technistone, HanStone and European Quartz. Several manufacturers have upward of 40 options, and include colors that range from bright red to earthy linen, and with patterns ranging from crocodile to concrete.

Why Choose Quartz?

Exceptional Durability
Highly Stain-Resistant
Hygienic
Large Selection of Colors and Textures
Product Consistency
Highly Versatile

What to Know About Engineered Quartz?

Engineered quartz has many bragging rights. Thanks to the quartz content, it’s tough like granite, and the resin makes the material malleable and impact resistant. Both materials o–er stout durability. Engineered quartz is also nonporous, making it resistant to stains and scratches. And this material has a leg up on natural stone when it comes to large installations: Because it can flex, engineered quartz can be fabricated in larger pieces and with fewer joints. 

Quartz countertops are great for indoor air quality, as they emit few VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and are nontoxic and nonallergenic for humans. For these reasons, many quartz countertop products are certified by the GreenGuard Environmental Institute, an independent agency that verifies claims of low chemical emissions. Quartz also gets the green thumbs-up for being a durable counter that can last a lifetime, and because several manufacturers o–er products with recycled content.

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Granite

Granite slabs are both a decorative and practical option, bringing the beauty of nature right into your home. Making the selection of granite is both a stylish and an intelligent decision! Due to its hardness, its resistance to heat and other forms of stress, as well as the versatility offered by granite, making this investment will add beauty and value to your property for a lifetime.

Why Choose Granite?

Natural Beauty and Uniqueness
Heat Resistant
Large Variety of Colors and Patterns
Highly Durable
Resistant to Bacteria 

What to Know About Granite?

Granite is a natural product found deep in the earth. It is the result of tremendous heat and pressure applied over thousands of years. Minerals become trapped in the granite during the slow cooling and solidification of magma or liquid rock when the granite is being formed. For a rock to be defined, in geological terms, as granite it must be comprised of at least 80% quartz, feldspar and mica. Other minerals found in granite are muscovite, biotite, hornblende and pyroxene. Granite is an ingneous rock, the hardest of all rocks, surpassed only by the diamond.

Granite is found in mountain ranges throughout the world. Each piece or slab comes from a di–erent area of the mountain or quarry; no two quarries in the world yield the same color. Most common quarries are found in Brazil, China, Mexico and Italy. No two slabs are ever exactly alike. Each slab will have unique characteristics such as pitting, veining, color variation, shading, texture etc.

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Quartzite

Quartzite is a natural stone that is made from sandstone found beneath the earth’s surface, and is quarried like granite. Not to be confused with engineered quartz, quartzite is more heat resistant and can be used safely around a fireplace or outdoor fire pit. Sometimes avoided because of its price point, quartzite can be thought of as a more budget-friendly alternative to marble, which is prone to etching, scratching, and staining. Some Quartzites are more porous and will require a more frequent sealing regimen to ensure its beauty lasts, it’s important to ask your fabricator if the quartzite you are selecting requires more frequent sealing.

The textures and patterns of quartzite also set it apart from manufactured quartz as its natural veining makes it ideal for bookmatched installations, especially for those drawn to a more seamless look and organic feel. From freckled organic movement to caramel veins, quartzite is a product of earth’s purest form of natural beauty. Quartzite offers an expansive range of patterns, tones, and movement that can’t be manufactured. This makes it sought after by designers and homeowners who value charm and precision that will withstand the test of time.

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Marble

Marble countertops come in a variety of types, prices, qualities and colors to choose from. Marble has endless variations because of factors like where it’s sourced, it’s impurities, patterns, colors and veining. Colors can range from white to black and from pink to green.

Marble is timeless, it has been used throughout history and can be found in places from the Parthenon, to the Statue of David to the Taj Mahal. Carrara marble is the most popular option because it is often the least expensive marble, but Statuary, Calacatta and Crema Marfil are also popular options. Every marble comes in different qualities and costs so it’s important to be aware of that when picking this natural stone.

Why Choose Marble?

Look: Nothing can rival the look of marble kitchen countertops. There’s a richness to them and a character to the stone that others can’t touch. But what usually arouses people about marble countertops is the veining.

Great for Cooking: Marble remains cool naturally, which makes it a great surface for baking or other cooking. Marble, however, isn’t completely heat resistant, so don’t place hot pots and pans directly on marble countertops. It can also stain and etch very easily, if you like red wine or tumeric, it may not be suitable for your lifestyle.

Longevity: With regular upkeep, maintenance and sealing, marble countertops will last a long time in your home.

Why Not to Choose Marble?

Porous: Marble will stain and acidic liquids will stain permanently. You can avoid substantial staining by sealing marble countertops every 6-12 months.

Etching: Marble will scratch or if exposed to acid for a prolonged period, it will etch where the polish or sealant fades.

Cost: Marble countertops run more expensive than other countertop options, so it’s not in everyone’s budget. Though there are several types of marble that can be more affordable, they’ll likely remain more expensive.

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Agglomerated Marble

Marble Composite stone is a COMPOSITE material made up of 93% to 95% natural marble aggregates sourced from different quarries around the world bonded with a specific resin which is the bonding agent. Some call the stone just “BETTER STONE” as the industrial process lowers the micro porosity of the stones, and lowers the water absorption.

The resin, combined with the natural marble aggregates tremendously increases the performance of the product and offers consistency in supply and color shade, a very important factor in the Builder sector.

This is an ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY product, using byproducts of the marble slab quarrying process.

Agglomerated marble is recommended for use in Laundry Rooms and Bathrooms only.

Why Choose An Agglomerate Marble?

Price
Durability
Appearance 

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Seams

Due to size and bonding issues, as well as variation in kitchen layouts, seams on any slab countertop are necessary. The placement of these seams will be left up to the discretion of the installer/fabricator and may not appear exactly like a comparable model. Great effort goes into achieving a seam that is as smooth and inconspicuous as possible.

Choosing an Edge Detail

There are many edge details to choose from. During your selection process you will be shown your edge detail options. The pros and cons will be discussed to allow you to make an informed decision that will best meet your needs and style.

Photo Layouts

Quartz, Granite, Marble & Quartzite slabs that contain movement may require that you review and approve a “slab layout”. In order to not delay schedules we kindly request that you respond within 24 hours of receipt.

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