When it comes to countertops, your options are endless. But what if you want to make an environmentally conscious decision regarding the material of your countertop? As stone countertop experts, the Kowalski team is here to help guide you in such a decision.
When it comes to choosing eco-friendly countertops, there are a few ways to go, all of differing price, durability, and benefits. Whichever is best for you, you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your part in keeping the world a bit greener, and making your kitchen a bit more stylish.
Let’s talk about 5 different types of eco-friendly countertops:
#1. Reclaimed Wood Countertops
Reclaimed wood is a great countertop option, so long as you’re prepared to take a little extra time maintaining that counter. Wood countertops look beautiful, and when properly maintained can add a warm, worn look to any bright kitchen. That said, they do wear in and wear out over time, which means that while they’re a great, recyclable option, they won’t last as long as most stone countertops options.
#2. Bamboo Countertops
Bamboo is a plentiful resource that grows happily nearly anywhere it’s planted. Since it’s biodegradable and completely natural, it’s an excellent eco-friendly countertop option. Bamboo is stronger and harder than many hardwoods, which means it will stand up to more wear for longer than a reclaimed wood countertop. What’s more, bamboo can offer a wider range of color options to ensure you’re able to settle on an aesthetic that matches your style.
#3. Paperstone Countertops
Despite its name, paperstone is a heavy-duty surface made from recycled paper and resin. It’s made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and petroleum-free resin. It’s resistant to stains, and it looks wonderful in any space. It’s also easy to work with, and can be molded to a range of different countertops.
#4. Quartz Countertops
Quartz is a material that most homeowners are familiar with, and would love to have in their own homes. Luckily, it’s also an eco-friendly countertop option. Quartz is mainly composed of natural crushed stone (quartz) and just a bit of epoxy resin to bind the stone together into a slab you can use for the countertop. This means it’s one of the more eco-friendly countertop options, especially because it requires much less labor to manufacture and shape than some of the more traditional stone countertops.
#5. Natural Stone Countertops
It’s true that stone countertops are mined using a relatively energy inefficient process. That might be a strike against them in the eco-friendly category, except that they last so long. That fact, combined with the fact that stone countertops are made from totally natural materials make granite and marble eco-friendly countertop options in their own ways. They’ll last for decades to come, which means you spend less energy, and invest in fewer process materials over the lifetime of your home.
At Kowalski Granite & Quartz, we’re proud to offer our customers a wide selection of eco-friendly quartz and stone countertops. If you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself, stop into our showroom or contact us online for more information. We’re happy to provide a bit more detail on how they can benefit your home.
Kowalski Granite & Quartz
17169 Hayes Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417
P (616) 842-1951
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