If you recently decided to remodel your kitchen and change your countertops, you probably have some questions about the types of countertops materials available. You’re in luck because we’ve put together this list to help you out and explain the characteristics and differences clearly. These are the best countertops for kitchens (also the most popular), so check them out and find what best suits your style!
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Though its appearance helps hide stains and any worn out marks that may happen over time, marble is very prone to scratches so it’ll require regular sealing.
More than that:
- It’s a popular choice due to its ability to stay cool when the weather is hot
- You must be careful because if you place hot pots on marble, the surface will get discolored
- It’s one of the most durable materials, it looks great, and it adds value to your kitchen
- It may not be the cheapest option, but it’s also not the most expensive
Made out of hardwood, laminate, and glue, wood countertops add an amazing butcher shop look to your kitchen (and they’re very practical for people who cook a lot at home).
Here’s some information you need to know:
- When properly sealed, this material becomes very sanitary
- It has a great heat-resistance
- You can always refinish it if it gets stained
Among the materials available, quartz is probably the most popular countertop material nowadays.
And here’s why:
- It’s stain, acid, scratch, heat, and impact resistant
- It doesn’t need to be sealed
- It’s available in a wide variety of colors and patterns
- It doesn’t require constant maintenance
Granite countertops are made directly from quarries, so they’re 100% natural. Alongside quartz, they’re among the most popular choices for kitchen countertops.
However, keep in mind:
- They do require more maintenance than quartz - you should seal it upon installation and on a regular basis afterwards
- Alongside marble, it’s a long lasting material (and it requires little maintenance)
- It’s stain-resistant and easy to clean
- You have so many varieties and all of them look incredibly unique
- Even though it’s pricier than most options, it definitely pays off
Stainless steel’s biggest advantage is its hygienic factor - since it inhibits bacterial build up due to its non porous surface! In addition to that, it’s so easy to clean while giving your kitchen a modern industrial-like look.
You should consider that:
- Stainless steel countertops are resistant to pretty much anything (water, stains, heat, and so on)
- Despite the high resistance to pretty much anything, this material is very prone to scratches
- They can fit any style of kitchen since they’re very neutral
- The person installing stainless steel countertops must be experienced since they can dent easily
Just like stainless steel, glass countertops are of the most hygienic options.
In addition to that:
- You can have any shape, size, color, or texture you want
- They’ll all be stain-resistant
- The only downside here is that glass is a bit pricier (if not the most expensive) than the other options
If you’re into following an eco-friendly lifestyle, this is definitely the choice for you! They come in a variety of materials - glass, paper, plastic, aluminium, and so on.
The most popular choice is recycled glass countertops:
- They offer an unique aesthetics with their blend of colors and style
- They’re easy to clean, requiring only water and soap
- Though they’re resistant to heat and scratches, they can easily chip if you drop a heavier object or if you accidentally hit the knife on it
- Because they easily chip, you should always hire a pro to install them
Concrete is the most energy efficient option for countertop material, and that’s because it can capture and release the heat when the temperature rises and cools down.
You should also know:
- Modern concrete installations make it look like natural stone (which is amazing!)
- They’re extremely customizable and one of the most inexpensive countertop options
- Even though it looks great, it’s prone to stains and scratches even when properly sealed
- They can crack easily, but they can repair easily too
One of the best options for saving money, tiles are easy to maintain and you can even DIY your own countertop at home. There are several options to make the most amazing designs!
There’s still more:
- You can completely customize the countertops look with tiles
- They’re totally affordable and long-lasting (if you’re careful enough not to drop any heavy objects on it)
- You should have the joints sealed every year or so since they’ll stain if you spill any liquids there
Overall, this is pretty much everything you need to know about these different countertop materials. We hope this guide helped you in choosing your perfect countertop material!
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