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Countertops, Sinks and Faucets

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1. Countertops

The choice of countertop and colour help define the look and functionality of your kitchen.

CHOOSE THE MATERIAL

Laminate

Made of plastic laminate sheeting glued to plywood or particle board. Smooth, durable, easy to clean. Least expensive option but may need repair or replacement sooner than a solid surface.

Ceramic Tile

Durable, easy-to-clean. Resists heat, water, bacteria and stains.

Solid Surface

Made of polyester or acrylic resins. Smooth,durable, easy to clean. Resists heat, water, bacteria and stains. Professional installation included in price. Offers integral sink options.

Natural Quartz

Made primarily of quartz combined with resins and pigments. Smooth, durable, easy to clean. Resists heat, water, bacteria, and stains; never needs sealing. Feels like natural stone but has a more uniform appearance and offers more colour choices. Professional installation included in price. Offers undermount sink options.

Granite

Smooth, durable, and easy to clean. Resists heat and water. Resists bacteria and stains but must be properly sealed and maintained. Professional installation included in price.

LOWE'S GUIDE TO COUNTERTOPS

COUNTERTOP

Quartz

Solid Surface

Sensa Granite

Stain Resistance

Scratch Resistance

Heat resistance

Need to Seal

No

No

No

Colour Consistency

Colours Available

36

200+

20

Warranty

10-year

10-year

15-year

BACKSPLASH

This can be the same material as your countertop, or opt for visual contrast with decorative tiles.

Durability and easy cleaning are key considerations.

EDGE TREATMENTS

Edge profiles can be standard or customized, depending upon the surface selection and budget.

Below are just a few examples:

2. Sinks

CHOOSE THE SINK FORMAT

Bowl confirguration

One, two, or three – explore what works for you.

Depth

Choose bowl depth(s) based on your needs. Deeper bowls are more versatile and allow for easier cleaning of large pots. Shallow bowls are convenient for general tasks and more accessible for children. Multiple bowl sinks can vary in depth from one side to the other.

Shape

The rectangular shape is the most functional, but review other options for a different look.

SELECT THE MATERIAL

Enameled Cast Iron

Solid cast iron sink covered in porcelain enamel for long-lasting durability.

  •   • Available in a variety of colours
  •   • Resists staining, chipping and scratching

Composite Materials

Quartz or granite particles combined with acrylic or polyester resins to form a rock-hard composite sink.

  •   • Resists staining, chipping and scratching

Acrylic

Made with acrylic material and reinforced with composite backing.

  •   • Available in a variety of colours
  •   • Resists staining and impact

Stainless Steel

Finishes and steel thickness affect the sink's durability and its ability to disguise scratching.

  •   • Resists burning or cracking
  •   • Available in a variety of decorative finishes
  •   • Some are insulated to reduce noise

CONSIDER THE INSTALLATION

Undermount

  •   • Attaches below the countertop for a more integrated look and easy clean up
  •   • Works best with stone or solid surface countertops
  •   • Faucet holes are drilled into the countertop

Drop-In

  •   • Self-rimming and easy to install
  •   • Ideal for replacement projects
  •   • Faucet holes are pre-drilled into the sink ledge

Integral

  •   • Made of the same material as the solid surface countertop for a seamless appearance and easy cleanup
  •   • Moulded into the countertop
  •   • Faucet holes are drilled into the countertop

3. Faucets

SELECT THE FAUCET

  •   • Two-handle faucets lend a more traditional look
  •   • Single-handle faucet allows one-hand control for double-and triple-bowl sinks
  •   • High-arc spout adds room to fill and clean large pots
  •   • Pull-out and pull-down sprayers are practical and easy to use
  •   • Lever handles are easier to grasp

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