Kitchen counters are perhaps the most undervalued aspects of a kitchen. It may seem like people create undue fuss about whether to choose granite or marble, for example. But, when you consider how often counters are used and how often they are seen by house guests, this concern about countertop material is a bit more understandable.
The most popular options for counter tops include natural stone, laminate, tile, wood, stainless steel, solid surfaces, and concrete. Each of these materials has a variety of advantages and disadvantages.
There are several different types of natural stone used in countertop construction. The most common are granite, marble, quartz, and soapstone. Each is prized for its durability, low maintenance requirements, and appearance. Some stone, like soapstone, is softer and will require polishing with oil and special care to avoid scratches. Others, like granite, offer beautiful mottled patterns and incredible durability. The downsides of stone include its relatively high price tag and the necessity of sealing to prevent staining.
Plastic laminate is very durable and comes in a huge variety of patterns and colors that allow you to customize your kitchen. Laminate countertops are heat and stain resistant, very easy to clean, and the least expensive countertop material available. However, scorching and deep scratches are irreparable, and can be caused by very hot pans or very sharp knives.
As a separated surface, ceramic tile is often restricted to backsplashes and accents, but tile countertops are an option known for their durability, ease of replacement, and attractive appearance. Downsides include their non-flat surface and the risk of bacteria accumulating in grout between tiles.
Wooden countertops are often chosen for their warmth and aesthetic properties. They are fairly resistant to scratches, and damage can be easily sanded down. Vulnerable to moisture damage, staining, and heat, wood countertops require a certain maintenance some homeowners find daunting.
These counters are custom made to fit your kitchen, are resistant to heat and bacteria, and are nearly indestructible. However, stainless steel will show scratches and fingerprints, can be a loud surface to work on — especially when using pots and pans — and can be expensive.
Made from acrylic, polyester, or a combination of the two, these countertops offer incredible variation in style, from a natural stone appearance to looking like modern concrete or glass They are stain, heat and moisture resistant, and easy to clean. Severe scratches or other damage, if it occurs, can be sanded out. They can have an artificial feel, and are often quite expensive.
Very customizable, concrete counters can be made in any shape or size and can be tinted to any color. Often primarily a floor material, concrete is durable even under heavy use. Extreme heat may cause damage, and counters will need to be sealed to avoid staining. Concrete can also be inlaid with shells, pieces of glass, or rocks for decorative effect.
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