Posted by Merillat Marketing on Mar 11th 2013
Choosing your new countertop can be difficult with such a wide array of materials available. The first step in countertop selection is to determine the function of that space and countertop. Will the countertop be used for food preparation, for a gathering space (such as a kitchen island area) or for a hard-working utility room or other workspace? In addition to style and durability, affordability is also a factor. Use the tips below to make an informed decision!
If you’re looking to bring timeless elegance into your home, you should definitely choose Natural Granite countertops. Granite countertops are amazing because of the unique beauty of natural stone–no two pieces are exactly alike. Natural granite should be periodically resealed to maintain its appearance, and you should limit exposure to highly acidic foods and other staining substances.
As one of the most durable and non-porous surfaces available, quartz counters are a great choice for your kitchen. Quartz counters are extremely heat resistant, and require cleaning with only mild soap and water to retain their brilliant surfaces. Due to their dense and non-porous composition, quartz counters are highly resistant to bacteria, making them extremely safe for your family’s health.
Solid surface countertops offer a wide range of colors and design and the option of building in unique molded features, such as sinks, backsplashes and drain boards. A solid surface countertop offers extremely consistent color and high durability in a non-porous surface that is resistant to bacteria and stains and easy to keep clean. Solid Surface countertops can scratch or scorch, but most damage can be repaired by a professional.
Choose ceramic tile countertops allow you to create your own custom designs! Ceramic tile is also one of the more affordable options and simplest choice for DIY-ers. But beware, although ceramic tile countertops are beautiful, they can easily scratch or chip and grout can easily stain.
Stainless Steel countertops are both beautiful and germ-resistant! This is a great option if you are going for an industrial look in your kitchen. Stainless Steel can show scratches, dents and fingerprints easily. A matte finish can hide the damage better.
Wood countertops can be both functional and decorative and add a warm look to your kitchen. If properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary for chopping foods and heat-resistant. Wood countertops require regular maintenance to maintain these properties.
Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop options. Due to improvements in printing technology laminates can even mimic the look of stone, wood or metal without the cost. However, laminates can be damaged by knives or hot pans and the construction of laminate countertops only allows for the use of drop-in sinks.
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