Your kitchen countertops command a huge part of your kitchen, both visually and spatially. If you’re in the process of redecorating your kitchen, you might be struggling to decide which countertops will suit your space. Take a look at the following, to help make your decision easier…
Quartz is engineered stone that comes in a large range of colors and designs. It has become one of the most popular countertop materials on the market. It’s basically requires no maintenance, meaning it shouldn’t become stained or damaged by heat easily. As it has a non-porous surface, it’s not even required to be sealed like all other countertop materials.
Still the most popular choice for homeowners, it’s elegant, durable – and not as expensive as it used to be. It is very resistant to heat, but will require resealing in order to keep it in the best shape.
An extremely luxurious choice, marble countertops are always completely unique as no two slabs are the same. It unfortunately has a price tag to match its opulent nature – as such it’s sometimes only seen in sections of the kitchen (such as a baking area or an island). Additionally it doesn’t have the resistance and strength other natural stone has – repairs are difficult and it needs regular sealing to prevent staining.
This type of stone has a classic look many homeowners enjoy. It has recently seen an increase in popularity, thanks to its timeless quality and smooth appearance. It’s not as strong as some of the other natural stones but it can stand the test of time – and any scratches or damage can be sanded out.
A relatively new addition to the word of countertops, laminate are easy to clean and inexpensive. They can become chipped easily, but they are countless styles available and you can install them independently.
Finally we have wood. Wood was often overlooked as a viable material for the countertop thanks to its porous surface, but with the right sealant and maintenance it can last. It should be sealed, sanded. and finished again when needed.