Handy Guide For Choosing A Kitchen Countertop

Today, there are more options for kitchen countertops than ever before. This is great news for homeowners, because it means more accessibility for those remodeling their homes without the help of an architect or interior designer.
Let’s take a look at the most popular options.
1. Granite – The most popular natural stone used for countertops. It is strong by nature, and hot pots can be placed directly on the surface. It also comes in a wide array of colors and patterns. The drawbacks are that it requires a sealant (but only about once a year), and since it is a natural stone the patterns and colors can vary throughout a single piece.
2. Formica – Laminates have long been a popular choice because it is a sturdy material, easy to install and water resistant. Although, it can be scratched easily and cannot withstand high heat.
3. Corian – This is a practical choice and also a cost effective one. It is nonporous so sealing is not necessary. Also, stains and scratched can be rubbed out and any repairs can be made easily. There is a wide variety of colors available now, compared to previous years. It is not meant to withstand high heat for a prolonged period.
4. Concrete – This natural surface is becoming very popular for countertops. It is the strongest natural surface and resists scratches and heat. Staining is possible and it will need to be waxed on a monthly basis.
5. Soapstone – This material is a composite of several minerals. It can withstand heat and spills and is low maintenance. It can have a somewhat chalky texture and will darken over time.
6. Slate – This nonporous material doesn’t stain and resists chemicals and water without needing a sealant. The down side is that is a soft material and could crack or chip if something heavy is dropped onto it.
7. Butcher Block – The butcher block is a great choice for someone who likes to use every square inch of their countertop. You can cut directly on the surface and it makes the entire countertop a great prep area. It is also cost effective. Regular maintenance is required to prevent stains and to protect from water.
8. Metals – If you’re going for a sleek look, a stainless steel countertop is a great option. It won’t stain, stands up to high heat and is easy to clean. On the flip side, it can scratch easily, can possibly be dented and can be noisy.
There are so many choices now, that it pays to do some research. A good place to start, is by making a list of your personal preferences for a countertop. Also, it’s helpful to make a list of your own personal pros and cons for a countertop, and narrow down your choices from there. If you become overwhelmed with the choices, don’t be afraid to lean on an interior designer for expertise!

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