All your major kitchen work gets done on the countertops. What's more, the countertops take up a lot of visual space, so the surface you choose greatly impact how your kitchen looks. Therefore you have a lot of considerations, such as durability and maintenance, in addition to appearance when making your countertop selection. Choose a kitchen countertop material that best complements both your kitchen's décor and your work style.
Granite and Marble
Granite is one of the most popular countertop material choices but, as Home and Garden TV points out, it's also one of the more expensive choices. Granite is probably only second to marble in cost. That said, both offer beautiful profiles with different color and veining combinations. Granite can also come with flecks. Granite is by far the more durable of the two, requiring just the occasional re-sealing. Marble needs special care, though it does show a stunning patina over time.
If you want the look of granite with even more durability, consider quartz countertops. These countertops are engineered out of crushed quartz, resin and pigment. They're resistant to damage from heat, acid, scratches and impact. What's more, the manufacturing process makes quartz countertops non-porous, meaning you don't have to re-seal them as with granite or marble. Quartz countertops come in a range of color and pattern options.
Concrete is another material option that can be manufactured to resemble granite or marble. Concrete is also very customizable, though. Contractors can stamp and stain concrete to resemble tile or natural stone. It can also be dyed with murals or other designs. You can have designs stamped into the concrete, have objects embedded in the slab, or have the slab poured into a freeform shape. Concrete requires almost no maintenance.
Wooden countertops offer a warm profile. The most common wooden countertop material is butcher block, which offers the look of natural wood graining. You can also select to have your butcher block countertop manufactured from the ends of the boards, which makes the wood more durable and creates a more varied pattern. It's also possible to choose almost any hardwood as your countertop surface. Wooden countertops do require some additional maintenance, such as periodic re-finishing, and they're not as resistant to damage as stone or concrete.
If you fancy a chef's kitchen, stainless steel countertops are a likely option. They give your space a modern, industrial ambience that matches any background color palette. Stainless steel is extremely durable. What's more, it's very easy to clean and even offers resistance to bacterial buildup.
Choose a stone, manufactured or wooden countertop to best complement your kitchen.Share