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Whether you’re building your dream home or remodeling your existing home, your countertop decisions are crucial. In the kitchen, the heart of your home, counter tops should strike a balance between beauty and practicality. The right selection can also increase the value of your home. In the bathroom, countertops are likewise important and can add elegance and style.

Creating attractive and practical commercial spaces also requires selecting the best-suited materials for countertops and work surfaces. Whatever your professional needs, we have the knowledge to help you make an informed choice.

Since there are many options, let the staff at CTi help you make decisions. We know everything there is about the different materials and how they are best utilized.

CTi Laminate

CTi Laminate

Laminate is the number one best-selling material for kitchen countertops nationwide and also here at CTi. In fact, one of the country’s fastest growing segments in kitchen countertop designs is the new stone-look laminate. Good-looking and easy-care, laminate countertops are available in hundreds of styles and colors. Versatile and high-function, laminate is reasonably priced. With proper care, your laminate countertops will look wonderful for many years.

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Advantages

A major advantage of choosing laminate is its affordability. Laminate countertops can cost less than half as much higher-priced natural stone, quartz, or solid surface. And with laminate countertops, you can still achieve the style of these more expensive materials — many new patterns replicate the look and even texture of stone and hardwood.

Laminate surfaces are not porous, so it’s less likely that bacteria will be trapped in the surface. Resistant to stains and oils, these low-maintenance countertops create a chic, beautiful look — for less.

Considerations

Countertops are designed to be used, so expect normal wear and tear with your laminate surface. However, heat can cause real damage — remember not to place a hot pan on the counter, as it will leave a scorch mark.

Laminate is a very strong material, but knife cuts can go through the color layer exposing the brown underlayment. These cuts cannot be repaired, so always use cutting boards.

Color, Texture and Design

You can choose from a multitude of intriguing laminate patterns and colors. From classic to chic to retro to whimsical, the style selection is endless. The color options are also varied and expansive.

In addition, laminate countertops offer more edge choices than other materials. Besides a range of rolled and beveled edges, a seamless backsplash can keep spills away from your cabinets.

Laminate countertops, like those made from granite and engineered stone, will have seams where the countertop sections come together. A good fabricator, however, can make laminate seams almost disappear.

Care and Maintenance

To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge with a mild soap or detergent. Difficult stains such as coffee or wine can be removed using a mild household cleaner and baking soda; mixing to achieve a paste consistency. Do not scrub vigorously, as that could scratch the finish.

Recommended Household Cleaners:

  • Formula 409
  • Glass Plus
  • Fantastik
  • Mr. Clean

Warning: Prolonged exposure of the surface to bleach will cause discoloration. Always rinse laminate surfaces after cleaning.

CTi Quartz

CTi Quartz

Beautiful, fashionable, and durable, Quartz surfaces are created when natural quartz stone is crushed and mixed with color pigments and polymer resins. Most quartz countertops contain more than 90 percent quartz, making them hard and impervious like natural stone. The added resins create a nonporous, low maintenance surface; the added pigments allow for increased color options.

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Advantages

Engineered quartz is nonporous, which means it won’t readily stain or absorb moisture or bacteria. It is therefore more hygienic and sanitary, ideal for both kitchen and bathrooms. It doesn’t require annual sealing, so it is a low maintenance surface. As quartz is one of the hardest stones found in nature, it is already scratch-resistant but it gains further strength from the addition of polymer resins.

In addition, quartz is available in a wide variety of colors and hues.

Considerations

Quartz surfaces are nearly as expensive as natural stone, so budgetary issues may prohibit installation.

Although it contains more than 90 percent natural quartz, engineered quartz is not 100 percent natural, like a slab of granite or marble mined directly from the earth and might not meet the expectations of purists.

Colors, Texture and Design

Quartz is one of the most diverse and exciting surfaces on the market. It is available in many colors and grain patterns, allowing you to have the look of natural stone in a nontraditional stone color like blue or red.

Care and Maintenance

One of the best qualities of quartz is that it is relatively maintenance free. It is nonporous and, therefore, does not need to be sealed. The natural strength and resistance of the stone does all the maintenance for you. Clean with a mild soap and water.

CTi Natural Stone

CTi Natural Stone

Granite. Marble. Slate. These natural stone surfaces convey an atmosphere of elegance and luxury. They are warm and welcoming and invite people into the space.

Increasingly popular among consumers, natural stone is also used in commercial applications, as much for its durability and strength as its inherent beauty.

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Advantages

Natural stone of granite, marble or slate is timeless. It is a popular choice for fireplace mantels and outdoor kitchens because natural stone is heat-resistant. Granite is quite hard and durable and granite countertops resist scratching and staining. Marble is a fabled luxury material; slate is currently quite fashionable.

Considerations

One of the more expensive materials, natural stone might be cost prohibitive, depending on your budget. Stone is heavy, therefore, it’s important to reinforce the overhaul to accept the weight.

Because all natural stone is porous, food, beverages, and oily substances can stain it. This porosity can also allow germs and viruses to absorb into the surface. Well-maintained sealed granite, however, is resistant to stains and absorption.

Colors, Texture and Design

Granite, marble, and slate all create beautiful countertops, available in various natural colors, shades, and patterns to match any cabinet. Remember that stone is a product of nature. Color will vary from piece to piece. Some pieces will show substantial veining, some will not. Polished granite and marble will have a high sheen, honed granite and marble has a matte finish. Natural slate is usually available in shades of grey. In terms of design, slabs of stone can be fabricated and tailored to meet the specifications for any room.

Care and Maintenance

On a daily basis, use a simple solution of mild soap and water, and then wipe dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots.

Deep cleaning can be done with a mixture of equal parts baking soda and water. This is a clean, inexpensive and nontoxic cleaning solution that will not damage the countertop.

To keep granite healthy looking, it should be sealed periodically.

CTi Solid Surfaces

CTi Solid Surfaces

Solid surface is a hard synthetic material consisting of a blend of natural minerals and acrylic polymer. With a wide array of fashion-forward colors and interesting patterns, solid surface provides a fresh, exciting option for commercial and residential counters.

In fact, solid surfaces are increasingly popular in public areas of all kinds, such as retail spaces, restaurants, and other commercial settings, because this durable, low maintenance surface is nonporous and therefore hygienic and sanitary.

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Advantages

Solid surface countertops are generally less expensive than natural stone or engineered quartz yet provide the durability and strength of these stone surfaces.

Color and pattern options are varied and numerous, ranging from natural earth tones to bright hues.

Solid surface countertops are durable, practical, and high-function. The surfaces are stain-resistant, easy to maintain, and nonporous — bacteria, molds and moisture cannot penetrate the surface. In addition, the countertops have inconspicuous seams.

Considerations

Solid surface countertops may be susceptible to scratches and scorches. The scratches can typically be buffed out, but this will add to the cost of the countertop over time.

Color, Texture and Design

Solid surface offers many options for color and design. Sinks of the same material can also be incorporated, appearing seamless.

Care and Maintenance

The basic soapy water or ammonia-based cleaners will remove most dirt and stains. Then rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent spotting especially if your house has hard water. For small nicks and scratches, use an ordinary abrasive cleanser and rub in a circular motion. Rinse and repeat, if necessary. Avoid exposing your solid surface countertop to strong chemicals.

CTi Sinks

CTi Sinks

We work with a visionary, respected USA-based manufacturer, Karran, to provide beautiful under-mounted sinks in kitchens, bathrooms, wet bars, outdoor kitchens and other applications. Karran has pioneered seamless integration of stainless steal sinks, quartz sinks, and acrylic sinks into solid surfaces and laminate. Stunning and affordable, Karran combines revolutionary engineering protocols and remarkable design proprieties to create distinctive sinks for your home or business.

At CTi, we can include your new Karran sinks on your countertop cost estimate — with no additional installation fee.

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