Probably, kitchen is the busiest part of our home. People do not forget to witness the kitchen before buying a home. Remodeling of a kitchen will add value to your home. It (kitchen) comprises of various things and small changes of kitchen floor, cabinets, colors, appliances and countertops deliver kitchen beauty.
In this blog we are going to discuss about the countertop as it is one of the main factors that highlight the overall look of the kitchen. Normally, people choose countertop relying on its look or beauty. Besides, we request our rational customers to consider other important things like materials, durability, maintenance and cost of the countertop before its selection.
Natural stone countertops:
Stones are durable material that stands up to tough wear and tear. The natural variations in countertops deliver unique look to kitchen. The most popular natural stones for countertop are granite and marble. Despite the fact limestone and soapstone are also used broadly.
- Durable and long lasting
- Give stylish look to kitchen
- Natural stones are heat resistant
- As these stones are naturally porous thus needs to be sealed when installed
- It requires resealing and regular maintenance
- Softer stones like marble and limestone might chip or crack
- These are most expensive countertop material
Quartz and solid surfacing countertops:
Quartz is the durable countertop material. Quartz and solid surfacing materials mimic the natural stone looks. It is less expensive and requires low maintenance. Solid surface countertops were primarily made from acrylic and polyester. It comes in various color options and designs. Moreover, it has a feature resembling glass or concrete countertops.
- No sealing or special cleaning required
- These are nonporous substances making it virtually maintenance free
- These countertops are heat and moisture resistant and does not fade or age with time
- Does not stand up to hot pots and pans or sharp knives
- Need special care against deep cuts and scratches
Laminate is made up of thin sheet of plastic resin covering plywood or particle board. And with advancements in printing technology and edge options, laminate countertops can evoke the look of stone, metal or wood countertops without the natural materials cost.
- Low maintenance and easy to clean
- It is light in weight so does not require support of thick cabinet base
- It is susceptible to scratching, burns and staining
- Scorching, deep scratches and cracks cannot be repaired
- Allows only drop-in sinks due to its manufacturing features
- The layers can peel due to wear and moisture exposure
Wood countertops add warmth and charm to the kitchen. Butcher block is the most common type of wood countertops. However, crafted wood slabs are also available. Shopworn looks are valued in these wood countertops. These are great prep-area countertop materials and are especially fit for traditional, country and cottage-style kitchens.
- Can withstand cutting and chopping without dulling knives
- Sand scratches down with ease
- Retains charm for long time
- Wood countertops are vulnerable to moisture, heat, acid and corrosive chemicals and stains
- Shrinks and expands with extreme dryness or moisture
- Requires food friendly sealing and maintenance
- Oiling is must to fill in scratches and protect the surface
Stainless steel countertops:
Stainless steel countertops can be found in any kitchen and they complement many kitchen appliances. Stainless steel countertops are custom made to fit your kitchen guaranteeing a tailored look.
- Antibacterial, durable, stain and heat resistant
- Distinctive look that feels appropriate in industrial and contemporary style kitchen
- Can be loud when kitchenware clangs against surface
- Needs frequent cleaning
- it can be expensive
Paper composite countertops:
Paper composites are eco-friendly countertop materials. Paper composites are created from paper fibers mixed resin.
- Easy to clean, durable and mimic the look of solid surfacing or laminate but with warmer sensibility
- Can stand against heat and water admirably
- These are hard but lighter than natural stone
- Cannot found easily in some places
- Installation cost is expensive
- Susceptible to scratches, stains and chemical damage
Concrete kitchen Countertops:
Concrete is extremely durable and versatile material that can be tinted and sculpted to any design possibilities. Concrete counter tops have industrial chic that fits right into a loft or adds interest to an otherwise traditional space.
- Concrete stands up to heavy use
- Easily add unique inlays such as glass particles or rocks to give a unique look
- Can be made into any shape and colors
- Durable and heat resistant but not as much as other materials
- Extreme or abrupt temperature changes can cause concrete to warp or curl
- Lodging of water can cause discoloration and acidic spills may etch the surface
- Needs sealing and waxing regularly
- Can be extremely heavy and require thicker cabinet support base
- Customization can be costly
Tiles provide a budget friendly way to customize counter tops. Ceramic porcelain tiles are durable and offer limitless options of colors, patterns and designs. Tile works with almost any kitchen style.
- Fits with your budget
- Can be installed easily
- Maximum chances of replacement if one or two tiles chip or crack
- Glazed ceramic tiles are resistant to heat, scratch, stain and moisture
- Tiles can chip or crack
- Although tiles might be resistant, grout is susceptible to stains and mildew so it requires routine cleaning
Few other materials like copper and zinc are also an option for countertops. Copper countertop lends a warm glow and this material can be bent to create an interesting countertop edge. Zinc is also another material like stainless steel but can easily dent or stains.