Choosing The Right Type of Kitchen Countertop
Kitchen countertops are one of the most prominent features of your kitchen – and if you are doing a redesign or remodel, they can also be one of the biggest parts of your investment. You want a countertop that looks great and compliments the overall design of your kitchen but you also want a functional surface that will suit your lifestyle.
There is no universally right material when it comes to kitchen countertops, but rather the right countertop for your kitchen depends on a number of factors that are unique to your household. The first thing you should do is consider how you use your kitchen. Do you have little ones scurrying about with sticky fingers? Then you’ll want something that is easy to clean. Are you a serious home cook who follows along with your favourite TV celebrity chefs? Then you’ll want something durable. Are you a house-proud person who loves to entertain guests? Then you’ll want something beautifully designed.
Natural Stone Countertops
Granite is the most popular choice for stone countertops. It comes in a variety of colours and a choice of either polished on matte finish. The price of granite can vary depending on its availability.
Other natural stones such as limestone, soapstone and marble are also available, however these are softer materials and require a greater degree of care.
Engineered Stone Countertops
If you’re looking for something that is even more durable and easy to maintain, engineered stone countertops are an excellent choice. They come in more colour variations than natural stone and cost roughly the same of granite.
Quickly gaining in popularity, concrete countertops are completely customizable. Pigments can be used to add a variety of colours and it is available in three different finishes including trowel (which is smooth), ground (a sandy finish) and pressed (which will cause veining similar to that in marble). Concrete does however require a greater degree of care and it is recommended that you seal it four times a year and wax every two to three months.
Wood countertops such as butcher block give a warm and charming look to a kitchen. It is easy to clean, and although it will scratch, the scratches can be sanded out. Again however, care must be taken with this type of countertop as it can be easily damaged by water.
Stainless Steel Countertops
More and more homeowners are also starting to choose stainless steel countertops. Stainless steel is nonporous so it’s very sanitary and easy to clean. It is also heat resistant, so it doesn’t matter if you place hot pans directly on its surface.
Stainless steel does have a few drawbacks however, including the fact that it can scratch, dent and is very noisy. It will also show every little smudge and fingerprint – so if you’re bothered by that, it’s likely that you’ll be constantly wiping it down.
The most affordable of all countertop materials is laminate which comes in a whole array of colours and styles. Laminate is easy to clean and requires little maintenance however it can be scorched if it comes in contact with hot pans.
As discussed in our previous article, another way to customize your kitchen countertops is through the use of various types of edges which can add another element of design to your kitchen.
Still not sure what type of material will be best for your kitchen countertop? Our experienced design staff will work with you to help you find a countertop that will look great and suit your lifestyle.