When it comes to flat surfaces in your kitchen, there are two that you need to concern yourself with. The first is the flooring. You will want something that looks nice with the rest of the style, holds up well against heavy foot traffic, and is easy to maintain. The second is the countertop space in the room. There are a lot of jobs for countertops in the kitchen and they play a big role in establishing the mood of the décor in the room. They not only give style, but they also dictate the function of the space. For those reasons, it is important to think about the material for your countertops. Here are a few popular materials to consider:
Granite is one of the most popular types of countertop materials with superior strength and beauty. The natural look is highly appealing and no two slabs of granite are identical so you get uniqueness as well. Grate has a number of finishes on it and a range of prices. You may have to reseal it every year, but in between those times, it is scratch-resistant, durable, heat and water resistant, and easy to clean. It has a high resale value and comes in pretty much any color.
Quartz countertops are stain, scratch, and even acid resistant. They come in a variety of colors and textures so they are easy to match to any home design. Their natural look gives a soft appeal with a smooth, matte feel. They are functional and easy to work with and the installation is simple enough as well.
Solid surface countertops are made from man-made materials, but they are non-porous so they are stain and germ-resistant. It’s easy to buff out any scratches and the seamless nature can imitate high-end marble and granite materials. They are vulnerable to heat and scratches, but they are relatively inexpensive. As the most versatile material for countertops, there are a huge number of styles that can be molded to any curved surface, including over the backsplash if you desire.
You can have the beauty of quartz or granite with a much smaller cost if you laminate your countertops. You have no maintenance and upkeep over the years other than wiping down the countertop. With a variety of options, it’s easy to match what you already have going in the kitchen.
Of course, there are plenty of other options for materials for your kitchen countertops and you will have a lot to consider as you make this important decision. Wherever you are in the process, Premier Design & Cabinetry is here to help. We’ve worked with all of the above materials and we can give you advice on what might work best for your goals and needs. Each kitchen is unique and if you have a certain budget in mind, we’ll help you meet your needs and keep your budget intact by installing countertops that do it all!