Kitchens and bathrooms are possibly the most pre-owned parts of your home. It feels excellent when you see these two spaces completely created and styled. The method to do this is to find the best countertop for your kitchen and the perfect vanity for your bathroom.
Your kitchen countertop can be the most crucial aspect of your home. This is where you prepare your food and may even be used for interacting socially. In fact, the kitchen countertop is the heart of your home. So it is very important that the countertops in your kitchen are practical, yet attractive and long-lasting.
10 Countertop Materials to Consider
There are different kinds of countertops to choose from, depending upon the atmosphere of the home and the theme of the style of the whole home.
1. Quartz Countertops
Quartz has surpassed granite in the popularity contest for countertop materials. It is made from natural quartz that is ground up and mixed with resin, then molded into slabs. Quartz is durable and easier to maintain than other types of materials and is available in various patterns and colors. It resists heat, scratching, and stains, although some very hot items may damage the surface. It’s available in many colors and patterns, although not as many as with natural stone..
Quartz does not require sealing, as it is a nonporous surface.
2. Granite Countertops
Granite is probably the most durable material available for a countertop. Its hard surface resists very high heat, scratching, and damage from other everyday occurrences; however, it is prone to chipping. There are several colors to choose from, as well as a few different patterns. If you’re looking for a unique and elegant look, granite is a great choice.
4. Quartzite Countertops
Quartzite is a natural material made of stone. It is very thick and hard to cut, making it more expensive to install if there are complex designs. It also comes in several grades and the higher ends can be pricey. However, it is durable and low-maintenance and resists damage from very hot pots.
4. Concrete Countertops
Using concrete for your countertops can be a great economical option that also looks great. It comes in many different colors. Depending on the source of the concrete, it can vary in pigmentation and colors, so each product is unique. It resists heat and scratching but can be stained. It requires periodic resealing to maintain its appearance and custom concrete countertops can be more expensive than other options.
5. Laminate Countertops
If you’re looking for an economical solution that offers a huge variety of colors and patterns, go with laminate. Laminate countertops can be paired with colorful backsplashes for a beautiful aesthetic. They are very easy to maintain and clean; simply wipe with soap and water or a gentle cleanser.
6. Wood Countertops
Wood or butcher block countertops offer a warm and cozy look in your kitchen. It is less costly than other choices but is prone to scratching, staining, and damage from hot pots. It’s also a porous surface that can stain if spills aren’t quickly cleaned up. It’s important to keep wood sealed for the best performance.
7. Paper Composite Countertops
If you’re looking for a countertop that is eco-friendly, paper composite is a great choice. It’s made of layers of recycled paper, bound with resin. It mimics the look and feel of soft stone, but with a much larger choice of colors and patterns. This material is easy to cut and install and can be used both inside and outside. It resists water and any scratches and burn marks can be sanded out. However, it is easy to burn with hot objects and must be oiled regularly to keep its aesthetic appearance.
8. Corian Countertops
Corian is made from a plastic polymer resin base, sometimes mixed with sand. This material results in a seamless surface that is easy to maintain and clean. It is available in a wide variety of colors. However, if you’re looking for a more natural look, Corian may not be for you. It is also prone to damages from hot items and can scratch easier than other materials.
9. Porcelain Countertops
Porcelain countertops have become popular in recent years. They are even stronger than granite. Porcelain can be used outdoors and are heat and stain-resistant. It is an eco-friendly material that is easily recycled. It is rather delicate, however, and can crack from blunt force. It offers limited edge profile options.
10. Marble Countertops
Marble has been popular in kitchens and bathrooms for decades. It adds an elegant look to any home. Marble countertops are conducive to baking, especially with pastry. They can be easily scratched and stained; however, honed marble can make these imperfections less noticeable.
Choose the Right Contractor to Install Your Countertops
Whatever material you choose for your kitchen or bathroom countertops, you’ll need to hire an experienced remodeling contractor for installation. Finnteriors Construction Services has been remodeling St. Louis area homes for over 20 years. We’ll help you decide on the right look for your countertops and install them professionally and accurately.
Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.