Choosing Your Countertop Materials
The counter in your kitchen has a visual impact on the overall theme in the room, but it also gets used for various activities and many purposes. When you are looking at a kitchen countertop install, the first step is to decide on materials. Each type has different features/benefits and is used for different purposes. Here are some common materials to choose from.
Granite countertops are one of the most commonly desired types, mainly due to the beauty they provide from their unique marble design and because they hide dirt and imperfections well. No marble surface is alike and the design helps hide imperfections, scratches, dirt, and stains. Marble is available in several finishes, including brushed, sandblasted, flamed, or polished. It is more expensive, but it increases the home’s value and offers the durability level that many households need. Nevertheless, it is more difficult to maintain than other types and requires occasional sealing to protect from stains. The corners can get chipped and it is heavy and labor intensive to install, but well worth it because it works great as a multi-purpose kitchen surface.
Quartz countertops are a form of natural stone. They are one of the most durable choices for the kitchen because they resist heat and water, as well as knives and stains. Quartz counters are easier to maintain than Marble and they fight bacteria. They have a glossy, beautiful sheen to them and Quarts is naturally stain resistant so the gloss finish is an added bonus. Nevertheless, patterns may not be uniform and corners can break and need repaired by a professional.
Synthetic Countertops (Laminated Countertops)
Synthetic countertops are constructed of particle board or plywood and are lined with a sheeted surface, often made from acrylic materials. The advantage here is design, affordability, and versatility. They are also easiest to install.
These countertops are inexpensive, yet provide great durability and are quite dependable. Synthetic counters have higher stain resistance qualities to them and clean easy. However, they are more prone to scratches and heat than other types. All you need there is a cutting board and a heat pad or a trivet. Because of the acrylic surface, designs are plentiful.
Countertops in Other Materials
Aside from the 3 countertop materials described above, you can also choose concrete, soapstone, lava stone, marble, and stainless steel materials. Each one of these has its own pros and cons. Most of them require special treatment or routine maintenance in order to keep them looking good and prot