Probably, kitchen is the heart of the home. It brings family together. It is an important place so why let it look dull and gloomy? Simple renovation, replacement or painting can change the whole kitchen into bright and refreshing mode. The outlook of the kitchen can be changed in various ways by adding matching appliances, cabinets, worktops (countertops), painting walls, flooring and many more.
Here we will discuss about the kitchen countertops and various materials that we can choose from to add beauty and elegance into our kitchen. A matching countertop is a style statement of the kitchen.
Countertops occupy major spaces in the kitchen. You can install something fabulous delivering wow effect to your kitchen but before that do not forget to consider durability and maintenance cost while choosing a countertop material. Stainless steel, glass, concrete and granite are some of the popular and commonly used countertops materials. You can also choose natural stone countertops or engineered countertops.
Here is list of some popular countertop materials available in the market:
Granite is a very hard stone and 100% natural. It is mined from quarries from all around the world, cut down to a manageable size and then polished to a fine finish. Granite comes in different colors and patterns. Granite countertops are crafted from beautiful, durable and natural stone. Visually rich and dynamic, they are highly heat resistant and can stand up to stains and bacteria when properly sealed. Whether you are looking for subtle complement to your kitchen or standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there are wide choices. No two granite countertops are the same.
Quartz countertops are not 100% natural. They are made from 95% natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. Quartz resists heat, water, bacteria and stains. Its (Quartz) popularity increased due to its stone like appearance and the possibility to customize its design. It is easy to maintain—clean with soap and water. You do not need to reseal the countertops like granite. Moreover, it is harder than granite and nonporous which make it more durable. But quartz can be damaged by excessive heat so use heating pads all the times.
These countertops are functional, chic and good value for money. It is available in wide range of colors and finishes. Laminate countertops can withstand very high temperatures and are resistant to water, easiest to clean and maintain. Laminate countertops with their patterns can resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost. Laminate countertops consist of sheeting glued to plywood or particleboard substrate. This results beautiful, affordable and durable countertops.
To give kitchen a warm cottage kitchen look, you can opt for butcher block style wood countertops. This hardworking surface is ideal for food preparation and can be decorative and functional at the same time. Wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. It is highly heat resistant.
The popularity of marble countertops are increasing evrey day. The gray toned veining in Carrara marble are not just pleasing but also disguises wear and hide light stains. This stone is porous so needs regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching. This will keep the stone surface creamy and give your kitchen a high-end look.
Kitchen countertops, above all, should be practical meeting your requirement. While choosing the material you need to strike the perfect balance between function and style. Durability, visual appeal and ease of maintenance are three top guiding factors while choosing the countertop. You can install a combination of different countertops for specific kitchen tasks. And yes, do not forget to calculate your budget while selecting and installing the countertops.