Natural Choice. Kitchen-and-bath remodelers who'd like to offer wood countertops in something other than basic maple butcher block can choose from more than 20 wood species in Craft-Art's Wood Countertops collection. Choices run from standards like maple, oak, and black walnut to exotics like wenge, teak (shown), zebrawood, and iroko. A range of styles is available, including end-grain counters. Shapes can be customized; sink and cooktop cutouts are made at the factory. The maker says its counters are waterproof and food-safe. Prices vary by thickness and wood species: 1 1/2-inch-thick hickory is $75 per square foot, for example, and 1 3/4-inch-thick end-grain teak is $160 per square foot. Craft-Art Wood Countertops, 404/352-5625, www.craft-art.com
Bug Killer. The addition of an antimicrobial treatment to Silestone quartz composite countertops may resonate with customers worried about mold and bacteria. According to the manufacturer, the Microban treatment is unique in the countertop market and won't wear off with use. The counters resist stains and odor but not food-borne illness, the...
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