There are so many different kinds of countertops on the market. Choosing the right one can be tough.
After all, your countertop selections are an essential part of creating a kitchen (or other space) that you can be proud of. There are so many options for countertops out there with choices ranging from aesthetic to being durable for your family; how does one pick which countertop solution would work best for them?
Countertop Types: Materials
Quartz countertops are arguably the most versatile and sought-after premium surfaces today. Because of the specialized process used to produce quartz countertops, the material is known as “engineered stone.” Quartz is a more affordable material than granite or marble, but with similar beautiful markings. It is available in various colors and tones.
Its only downside is that it is still relatively expensive.
Granite is a sought-after product that we usually associate with luxury. Granite gives real estate endeavors a higher perceived value. It’s elegant and durable and it may outlast you… Granite has a wide range of beautiful natural markings and veins, giving homeowners unique options online other countertops out there. Granite is al very durable and heat resistant.
The downsides to granite include:
- Porous, easy to get stained
- Difficult to install, requiring extra cost for professional installation
- Dulling the knives
Concrete countertops are a fairly recent phenomenon. The surfaces are made by pouring concrete into your desired shape. An odd concept at first, concrete actually proves to be a beautiful, matte surface with unusual subtle markings. Concrete is ideal for a custom project and a perfect solution to handle hot pots.
Butcher block countertops
Butcher’s block countertops are made from slabs of wood. They provide a farmhouse-style look which is perfect for a traditional kitchen. They also provide good cutting surfaces for knives.
The Pros. There’s no competing with the characteristic look of butcher’s block countertops. No other material can adequately mimic it.
The Cons. To say wood is porous would be an understatement. As a countertop material, it can harbor moisture and bacteria more severely than any other material, making it a very impractical surface for modern homes and kitchens.
While wood is easy on knives, it also scratches very easily. Humidity and temperature swings can also warp your countertop.
Soapstone has enjoyed a resurgence and for good reason. Once identical with antique houses, soapstone is now preferred in modern kitchens.
The material has a deep color that adds an elegant look. It can get scratched, but the result of the scratch often adds to the antique feel and becomes a part of the home’s character.
Solid surface countertops are made from entirely synthetic materials. Typically, they are acrylic. The most popular brand name in solid surface countertops is Corian.
The Pros. Solid surface countertops are fairly affordable and come in a variety of styles. Appearance-wise, they’re generally better than laminate, offering more convincing recreations of materials such as marble and granite. Though you can still tell…
The Cons. Solid surface countertops are not as resistant to heat or scratches as quartz. While they are cheaper than quartz and natural stone, many consumers may find it worthwhile to spend the extra money per square foot in order to get a higher-quality material that they don’t have to worry about or be cautious around.
The glass countertop offers a beautiful and modern look. Since glass does not age, it is immune to discoloration. The sleek surface is smooth, nonporous, and easy to clean. One can also opt for a recycled glass countertop that has a more unique appearance.
The Cons. Glass is expensive and difficult to install. It’s easier to crack or damage and typically requires replacement
Contact an Inteiror Designer
Need helping with the selection process? The professionals at Tiffany Hanken Interior Design LOVE countertops and will guide you through the pros and cons of each type for your home’s design scheme. Contact us today.
Article adapted from Unhappy Hipsters.