9 Best Options for Your Kitchen Countertops
Countertops are one of the most heavily used areas in your kitchen, and it’s no wonder why choosing a material for your kitchen countertop is a huge decision. The best countertop can make a kitchen more functional – plus, they significantly influence your kitchen’s feel and look.
There’s an extensive range of materials available in the market today — with each material having its pros and cons, all of which will determine the best one that will suit your needs.
Here are the objective areas you should look at when evaluating your countertop materials:
Natural stones are one of the most popular choices for a kitchen countertop, with granite countertops being the leading option. They have recently become the material of choice for many homeowners remodeling their kitchens, mainly because granite is a very durable natural material and can be customized to your specifications. Granite slabs are also very heavy and durable, which makes it somewhat an investment as it can affect the real estate value of your home.
Quartz is a relative newcomer to the countertop material industry, but it’s one of the latest and most sought-after synthetic countertop materials. Quartz countertops are not solid mineral slabs — these are engineered stone products using pulverized waste natural stones, glass, mirrors, and more, plus resins for hardness and binding. Quartz is an excellent option as it harnesses the beauty of natural stone and the durability of solid-surface materials.
Marble is a metamorphic rock with unique and veined patterns, making it one of the most beautiful all-natural stones. However, marble is soft and more porous than other natural stone materials.
Another natural stone option like granite, soapstone is composed mainly of the mineral talc, which makes it quite soft. However, the soapstone material used for countertops typically has higher percentages of quartz in it. As a rule of thumb, soapstone lies in between granite and marble. Therefore, it’s not as hard as granite, but it is less porous than marble, making it more durable and stain-resistant.
Solid surface is a man-made material composed of acrylic particles and resins. Commonly called homogeneous, the surface you see on top is the same surface all the way through. Solid-surface have been around for nearly 50 years and have been regarded as premium, luxury countertops during its peak. It’s currently considered mid-tier and is an excellent and cost-effective solution for kitchens with a lot of countertop space.
One of the most affordable kitchen countertop options, laminate countertops are made from a thin layer of plastic, usually bonded to particleboard. It also offers every homeowner the rare advantage (cost-efficient option) of installing it by themselves.
Stainless steel is a highly unique choice for a contemporary and industrial look. Stainless steel countertops are also heat-resistant and durable. However, they will stain and corrode (though not rust) over time without significant care and maintenance. Though erring a bit on the expensive side, stainless steel is highly customizable and can be made to any specifications.
Concrete is as custom as it gets. It can be made to virtually any shape and dimension and can be tinted to any color of your choice, including a wide array of texture options. Concrete countertops might seem to be very affordable (given the humble nature of this material), but it’s more expensive than you might expect. Maintenance is also a factor here. Because of its porosity, it should also be sealed regularly.
If you’re looking for a rustic and homely aesthetic, then wood countertops might be the best option for you. Hardwoods like maple and oak are the most often used wood for countertops, and these are available in a wide range of colors and styles. Wood is also easy to clean and can be buffed and resealed as often as needed.
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