A,B, or C? Coffee, tea or milk? David, Mike or Will? Too many choices. So much to think about on a daily basis. Even in decisions concerning kitchen remodeling, there are a lot to consider. One of the basic & more important aspects of a kitchen remodeling would be which counter top to go for? Let’s see which ones are considered to be the more popular kinds. Hopefully you can determine which best suit you & your lifestyle.
Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens. Practically maintenance-free, engineered quartz counter tops are stain, acid, scratch, heat & impact resistant. They have a non-porous surface so they don’t actually need to be sealed like natural stone tops. There’s a wide range of color & patterns to choose from.
POLISHED GRANITE COUNTERTOP:
Polished granite countertops are the most popular countertop installed in kitchens today. Traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen’s value while providing a durable prep surface. Polished granite often becomes the center of attention. If you wanted to highlight another feature in your kitchen or bathroom, polished may not be the way to go. If you already have reflective surfaces in your space, you may want to mix and match finishes so the high-gloss doesn’t become overwhelming. In most regions, the cost of granite & quartz are comparable but natural granite requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz to maintain its good looks. You need to wipe up all stains quickly esp. oils, wine, acids & soda as well as follow a regular sealing routine, ideally once or twice a year.
By far, the most budget-friendly option. A plus in choosing laminate countertops is that they are an inexpensive option to natural and other countertop choices. The drawback of the laminate countertop in general is that it is not that long lasting. It is not heat resistant like natural stone. Laminate countertops are easy to clean with soapy water. Abrasive products should not be used for cleaning as they can ruin laminates.
Both decorative and functional, this hardworking surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options like Laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so no need to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface.
The reason marble remains in heavy demand for countertop is its elegant good looks. No two slabs are alike so you’ll be assured of having a unique countertop for your home. Marble is heat-resistant. In the kitchen it stands up well to hot pots & pans. In the bathroom, a heating wand styling tool won’t mar it unless left on it hot for a long time. A couple of downsides to marble are that first, it’s porous, more so than granite. So it readily absorbs liquid, oil, wine, juice and other spills and these penetrate deeper into the stone. And it is very hard, if not impossible to get it out. It is advised to do sealing every year or so. Second reason is, marble is not stain or scratch free. Sometimes, it can even develop chips or cracks.
HONED GRANITE COUNTERTOP:
Honed granite is a non-reflective, satiny finish. This matte finish involves the same process as granite (grinding heads with increasingly finer abrasives) but it stops short of the shiny polished look. Honed granite is just as smooth as polished. It doesn’t show scratches as readily as polished does. You might also consider honed granite if your kitchen or bathroom already has metallics or other highly-reflective surfaces. If your space has a lot of natural light, honed accepts and redistributes the light with an incandescent effect.
STAINLESS STEEL COUNTERTOP:
They’re durable & resilient to almost anything. Not only are steel counters aesthetically pleasing but they’re resistant to water, heat, stains and just about anything else! It has a non-porous surface so no amount or type of liquid or substance can penetrate its surface. Bacteria, mold and other common household germs don’t stand a chance with stainless. This makes it the most hygienic countertop for as long as you practice regular cleaning habits. You don’t have to fear oils, beets, acids, wine, grape juice or even working with food coloring any longer. This countertop does not stain.
Glass countertops are among the less common types of countertop material you’ll find but that doesn’t mean they’re not up to the task. It’s easy to keep clean & its non-porous surface makes it stain-resistant making it one of the most hygienic countertop materials. Glass however does scratch so you’ll need to use cutting boards for cutting operations.
It’s well known by now that concrete has become a material that homeowners and designers are requesting and weaving into their homes, offices, retail outlets, restaurants, etc., in the most amazing ways. With concrete you can create a functional and beautiful workspace in the smallest of kitchens. But if you do have the room, the ability to custom create the heart of your home is amazing. Aside from its eye-pleasing appearance, it is energy-efficient — When the temperature in your home rises, concrete captures the heat and releases it when the temperature cools down.
Soapstone is a natural stone, like granite, that is quarried. It’s composed mostly of mineral talc, which makes it quite soft, but soapstone used for countertops typically has higher percentages of quartz in it, which makes it harder and more suitable as a kitchen surface. Unlike other natural stones, it doesn’t require yearly sealing but regular applications of mineral oil will help to disguise any surface scratches, add sheen and deepen the stone’s color over time.
It is a type of limestone that is formed under extreme heat and pressure, very porous, and almost looks like marble. In fact, it is sometimes called the onyx marble, and is imported into America from Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and the Middle East. Travertine will be the perfect choice if you want a good visual effect, and still need to keep the budget down. The major drawback of having a travertine countertop is that it is highly reactive and can easily react to acids. Even a slight spillage of some orange or lime juice can stain it. It is not a good idea to install these countertops if you do heavy cooking in your kitchen. Travertine slabs need to be filled and sealed properly during installation. Once your countertop is installed, it will need a resealing every 2 to 3 years. You also have to disinfect it regularly, as there may be growth of bacteria due to the absorption of liquid.
I think that choosing is fun. In KITCHEN REMODELING, it becomes more fun when you can have exactly what you want to work with in your kitchen because it will speak volumes about you & your personality. So to the aspiring chef, classy diva, football mom, adventurous dad or laid back mom & pop, let your imaginations soar when choosing your Kitchen Countertop.
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