So many options… what’s the right one?
One of the key components of a beautifully remodeled kitchen is the countertop. Once you determine what kind of kitchen cabinetry to have mounted, you’ll need to make a decision on the look of your countertops and what accessories (like accessible power outlets) you want it upgraded with. But how can you figure out which countertops to choose? It ultimately comes down to personal preference, but the following suggestions may help you make a more informed decision:
Granite is the most popular type of countertop. Once found only in high-end kitchens, these days they are in several homes thanks to its affordability. Granite comes in a variety of colors like bright red and blue, as well as neutral black and brown hues. The material is scratch-proof and heat-resistant, and therefore very ideal for a kitchen that sees regular cooking activity. To avoid getting stains on the porous material, ensure your granite countertops are regularly sanitized.
Quartz countertops are artificially engineered. The materials are a mix of 90% quartz and contain antibacterial substance. Quartz countertops are heat resistant, scratch proof, and non-porous. Quartz has become quite popular over the years, and come in multiple colors. They look a lot like granite as a result of their polished finish. You can anticipate paying 10 to 20% more for a quality quartz countertop.
Corian is produced from a plastic substance and is a mix of copolymer, acrylic, and an alumina trihydrate filler. Coria is essentially a material made of plastic that comes in numerous textures and colors. However, Corian isn’t as strong as quartz and granite, and the surfaces can be easily burned or scratched. If the countertop ends up getting scratched, an expert should be able to buff out the indentations. Corian countertops allow space for sink insertion, which can stop bacteria or water from leaking around the perimeter. Corian can be purchased fairly cheaply, and is a smart choice for a those on a budget who require a solid surface.
Formica, better known as plastic laminate, are able to last as long as 40 years. Laminate is also a more affordable stone and ideal for remodeling projects on a tight budget. Laminate isn’t as strong as its solid surface counterparts, so you’ll need to be careful not to burn the surface.
Ceramic tile is a strong and easy to clean surface. It is fairly simple to install, and very affordable as well. Try to use larger ceramic tiles, so grout lines have minimal exposure. Ceramic tile is very resistant to heat, but the tiles can succumb to cracks and chips easily.
The above are just some of the more popular countertop options. It’s integral to consider durability, costs, weight and style when selecting the right countertop for your kitchen. It is also important to consider how much countertop space you’ll need. Will this be a multipurpose countertop? Will it double as a dining table or will you be eating in the dining room? These are all important things to consider.