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Specialty Surface Countertops

Specialty surface countertops include the less-traditional materials used in the kitchen that create a fresh new look. Common materials include lavastone, glass, paper-base, and semi-precious surfacing. Specialty surface countertops are a more expensive option and will vary anywhere from $60-$400, depending on the material you use.

  • Lavastone: Lavastone countertops are glazed, non-porous, volcanic rock. It offers homeowners a natural surface available in a pallet of colors. Pyrolave is a popular manufacturer of lavastone.
  • Glass: Glass is a polished surface that is available in an array of colors, shapes, thicknesses and textures. Like lavastone, glass is has a non-porous nature to keep it stain-proof and hygienic. Glass is also heat resistant and can handle hot pots and pans. Unfortunately, glass is not the most durable material so be careful not to drop heavy objects on it because it will crack, chip or break. These damages are non-repairable and will require the countertop to be replaced. In addition, scratches and fingerprints will reveal themselves on glass and edges must be rounded for safety purposes.
  • Paper-base: Paper-based countertops are hemp-based, both heat and stain-resistant and provide a highly durable surface available in six colors. Colors include sage, slate black and nutmeg. Richlite is the first company to market this type of countertop.
  • Semi-precious surfacing: Semi-precious surfacing is a countertop designed by one of the world’s first manufacturers of quartz surfaces. It is available in carnelian, exotic turquoise, jasper and other unique colors. This type of countertop is formed by using a mineral binder to join pieces into a smooth and gleaming countertop.

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