Kitchen Remodel Options Range from Laminated Countertops To Natural Stone

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The home improvement industry predicts that 2010 will show a small growth in new home construction compared to 2009. Additionally, investing in remodeling projects is expected to rise at a faster rate than new home construction.

Kitchen remodeling continues to top the list of rooms homeowners want to tackle first with their limited remodeling budgets, and laminated kitchen countertops are one of the most popular countertop options due to their cost-to-durability ratio.

The Quarry is the world-class manufacturing facility of Vangura Surfacing Products in Huntingdon, PA. They manufacture solid surface countertops, engineered stone countertops, quartz countertops, granite countertops and natural stone countertops. They also produce laminated countertops that are designed to look like quartz, granite and natural stone. The company has the largest largest selection of counter top products available in Western Pennsylvania.

Vangura has been in operation for 38 years, and strives to use only American-made products in their manufacturing processes produced by trained employees (not subcontractors). Because Vangura manufactures such a variety materials, there is a product choice for every budget. For example, laminate that’s well cared for can last 20 years or more, and laminated countertops are easy to maintain. Today’s laminates are manufactured in more designs than you can imagine and give kitchens a rich look for a reasonable price.

Early in its history, said Russ Bolton, Vangura’s Chief Financial Officer, the company discovered that in order to supply countertops with the quality customers expected and demanded from them, Vangura must be involved in the manufacturing process from the ground up. That was when they started producing laminate countertop slabs.

Bolton believes homeowners would be better off in the long run to buy Vangura’s high-quality laminate products than look for cheap granite counter tops that may not provide the long-term satisfaction they expect. The typical Vangura customer, he says, would like to have natural stone countertops, but doesn’t have the financial resources to support that desire.

The next step is to start shopping the available options, but there are too many choices in countertop materials, which make it easy for homeowners to become confused. Vangura encourages homeowners to visit its showroom to learn about the different attributes of today’s kitchen surfacing materials.

Two of Vangura’s proprietary laminate countertop products, Vanessa and Savana, have profiles that give them the look of natural stone. Besides laminate, Vangura also produces solid surface counter tops, quartz counter tops and natural stone counter tops. Bolton believes homeowners are looking for value for their money, and not everyone is motivated by price alone. All of Vangura’s products are backed by warranty because the company always focuses on the needs of the customer.

Here’s brief background info on Vangura’s laminate manufacturing process and a couple of Bolton’s tips about installing and maintaining laminated countertops:

Manufacturing. One of the biggest myths in selecting granite countertops is that all granite is the same. Granite is graded based on structural integrity and visual characteristics. The higher the grade, the better the appearance and the cost of the material. Homeowners must be aware that paying a cheap price means they’ll often get an inferior product that will not give them the long-term satisfaction they expect.

Vangura makes countertops from thin pieces of laminated plastic adhered to a particle board substrate. They obtain their substrate from Boise Cascade, a company that focuses on sustainable manufacturing by expanding the chain of custody processes. That means there is verification for claims regarding origin and certification of their materials, a standard in sustainability practices. The finished product is called Vanite, engineered with Silestone, and is LEED, Greenguard and NSF certified. The Quarry uses several sustainable manufacturing processes, such as using recycled mirrors and glass in the fabrication process of some of their countertop products and recycles the water used in their filtration system. The company’s stone vanity program, “Big Design,” utilizes stone remnants to deplete waste.

Installation. Bolton recommends calling a professional installer, who can create custom options for you. Of course, you can find installers in the yellow pages or online, but your best bet is to get recommendations from friends or family members who have already had laminate countertops installed in their homes. An experienced installer can cut and design countertops to fit nearly any counter shape.

Care & Maintenance. Use a moist cloth or sponge and a gentle soap or detergent to clean the surface of laminated countertops. Mix a paste of mild household cleaner and baking soda to remove stains caused by coffee or tea. Stubborn stains may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface to bleach will cause discoloration. Do not use acidic or abrasive cleaners, which can damage laminate surfaces.

For more remodeling options, also read this article on green building products.

Originally posted 2009-12-28 09:30:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter