Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen is vital when renovating this high-use space. You want a durable material that fits your style, and most importantly, your budget.
Here are some details about different countertop materials to help you choose, courtesy of a Houzz.com article Consider the pros and cons of each option before deciding on the right countertop to have in your brand new renovated kitchen.
Granite looks beautiful and comes in a variety of natural colours and patterns. It can handle wear and tear pretty well, so don’t worry too much about spills, knife nicks or hot pans. The downside to granite is its weight. Granite is very heavy so you’ll need a well-built, strong cabinet box or island to hold the weight of the counter. Granite will also need to be sealed occasionally to prevent stains.
If you want a classic countertop, go with marble. It’s probably one of the most elegant kitchen materials out there. If you enjoy baking, or you’re building a professional bakery, marble is a great choice because it tends to stay naturally cool – perfect for dough. The downside to marble is that even with sealing, it stains pretty easily. Marble can also chip and get scratched. Consider using marble for one part of your countertop, such as a baking area or just an island, and a more resilient material for the rest of the kitchen surfaces.
The choice of industry kitchen designers everywhere, stainless steel is the professional chef’s friend. It stands up well to heat and is a very sturdy product. It is also bacteria-resistant. However, stainless steel is an expensive choice, and a noisy one. It’s a metal surface, so pots, pans and mixing bowls will make quite a bit of noise when on the surface. Fingerprints also show up easily on stainless steel counters.
If you’re looking for a really affordable countertop for your kitchen renovation, laminate might be the way to go. Laminate is made of paper, resin and particle board, and is a staple in homes everywhere. It’s easy to clean and it’s not heavy, so you don’t need to worry about having a sturdy cabinet base like you do with granite. The downside to laminate is that with a cheap price comes lesser quality. It is prone to scratches, burns and sometimes stains. Moisture can also damage a laminate countertop.
Solid surfacing, which you may have heard of as Corian (a popular brand name which first sold the product) is a material made mostly of polyester and acrylic. It’s a nonporous material, so it’s a great choice for a low-maintenance counter. You don’t have to worry about sealing it or using special cleaning methods. It can get scratched and burned, so it’s not the hardiest of choices, but it does give you lots of colour options. Being a manmade product, there is more room to customize this material to fit your colour scheme. A similar product to solid surfacing is quartz surfacing, which is made of resin and chips of quartz. This material is a good halfway point between natural stone and solid surfacing, giving you the best of both worlds.
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