WHICH COUNTERTOP MATERIAL TO CHOOSE
When you go beyond the brand names, your actual kitchen countertop options will come down to just a couple of materials. It’s probably the different designs and add-ons that make a new countertop buyer feel overwhelmed. The truth is that there has probably never been a better time than now to choose a new countertop.
Today, when it comes to choosing material for your countertop, there are hundreds of patterns, colors, and textures available in several materials that range from quartz to good old ceramic, and many others in between.
Engineered quartz countertops are practically maintenance free. Best of all, thanks to their surfaces being non-porous, quartz countertops are scratch, acid, stain, impact and heat and resistant. They also don’t need sealing like countertops made with natural stone. Quartz is now available in many patterns, colors, and finishes that mimic the real look of natural stone. In terms of popularity, quartz typically ranks close to the perennial countertop choice: granite.
For quite some time, this has been the preferred countertop material when no other factors like money are taken into account. Granite is almost impervious to heat, very strong and durable. It’s available in endless color options and nearly maintenance free. It also adds real value to your home. It defines elegance in any kitchen giving even a modest space a look of luxury by its sheer strength of presence.
This is another popular natural stone countertop. Because no two Mable sheets are exactly the same, each countertop comes out looking entirely unique. This is the ideal choice if you are looking for a luxurious countertop but it requires a good measure of maintenance. Suitable for a kitchen that is not too busy, a Mable countertop can last as long as the lifetime of your house.
Laminate countertops are by far the most budget-friendly choice today. They are currently enjoying popularity resurgence thanks to new and innovative patterns that closely resemble wood, natural stone or even quartz; but at just a fraction of what materials cost. Trendy choices include retro, mid-century looks such as the ubiquitous boomerang or the bright, saturated colors.
For a cottage-like, warm kitchen look, consider the butcher-block-style wood kitchen countertops. Both functional and decorative, this hardworking kitchen surface is perfect for food prep. When sealed properly, wood countertops are very sanitary even when you want to chop meat. Ensure the wood has been well varnished so that the countertop can stand up to the inevitable kitchen stains. Dents, nicks, and scratches can be easily sanded out.
Trends in kitchen design have shifted toward seamless, low-maintenance countertops. That, however, doesn’t mean ceramic tile can be discounted for your kitchen. Ceramic tile makes a good option for backsplashes, secondary work surfaces, wet bars or even butler’s pantries. However, ensure the tiles have been rated for use on countertops.
The countertop forms an essential part of the modern kitchen. This is not only where all the action is taking place but it’s also the foundation of your kitchen décor. Seeing its importance, it matters a lot what kind and design of countertop you choose for your new kitchen.