When it comes to kitchen countertop materials, it seems as if the possibilities are endless. And while having a lot of choices is nice, it is also easy to become overwhelmed by the options making it difficult to choose just one. Well never fear! This article will review some popular countertop materials to help bring you one step closer to choosing the best countertop for your kitchen.
Pros: Quartz is an attractive and durable material. It resembles stone but doesn’t require nearly as much maintenance. It holds up well to stains, abrasive pads and sharp knives. It also comes in a wide variety of colors.
Cons: On the downside, the edges and corners can chip, and you will need to call in a professional for repairs.
Pros: Granite is a natural material and each slab features its own unique characteristics. It holds up well to cut and scratches and most materials are stain-resistant when properly sealed. Rare colors and veining are available for an additional cost.
Cons: Some cons include the need for periodic staining to keep the material stain resistant. Like quartz, granite is also prone to chipping.
Pros: Laminate countertops are inexpensive, easy to install and recently, updates have been made to offer more attractive choices. Most laminates will also hold up well to stains and heat.
Cons: Don’t try to cut anything directly on laminate for risk of doing permanent damage. Be sure to use a cutting board on these surfaces.
Pros: This man-made alumina trihydrate, acrylic and epoxy or polyester mix is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns and it makes a great seamless look. It is stain-resistant and small nicks and scratches can be easily repaired.
Cons: Like laminate, solid surfacing can be easily scratched and damaged if a knife is used directly on the surface.
Soapstone, Limestone and Marble
Pros: These materials all offer a great marbleized look. Soapstone is very heat resistant and small scratches can be easily repaired. Limestone is heat resistant as well.
Cons: All three of these materials are prone to nicks, cuts, scratches and staining. Marble can also be damaged by heat.
Recycled glass is an eco-friendly countertop option has a fun and contemporary look. It is also resistant to stains, cuts, scratches and heat.
Cons: Certain brands offer recycled glass countertops that are not as heat resistant as others.
Butcher Block Countertops
These wood countertops look great in kitchens and they are easy to install and repair. However, the right finish will make a difference. Vanishes will help the countertops with stain resistance while penetrating oils can make the butcher block material more prone to staining.
Cons: The material scratches and nicks easily but these can be sanded out.
Now that you know a bit about the different countertop materials, you should be prepared to make an educated choice as to which is right for you. Think of the look you want for your kitchen as well as what features are important when it comes to maintenance and durability. Let us know if we can help with your next countertop project!