Which Countertop Material is Right for You
Your countertops are going to be one of the most important (and costly) aspects of your entire kitchen remodeling project. With this in mind, you need to take the time to ensure you are having them made of the right materials that you will love for years to come. This article will outline each of the different types of materials that you can choose from. Within each of these broad categories, you will have to look at the specific options to get the colors, designs, and other features that you desire.
Natural Stone Countertops
Natural stone countertops are very popular, and with good reason. They have been used for generations and have many proven benefits. Natural stone will give you a unique look since each one is cut from naturally forming stone. In addition, it is hard and long lasting. If you like natural stone countertops you can choose from options such as granite, soapstone, slate, and others.
Concreate countertops often look similar to natural stone counters, and have some of the same advantages. Concrete has been used for countertops since the 1980s, but today’s options are far more attractive than those a few decades ago. This is because they are made in precast molded slabs that allow for a very even surface that is very hard and long lasting. Concrete can also be dyed various colors based on your preference.
Wood countertops have been very popular throughout the history of kitchen countertops. This is because wood is available in so many areas, and is a renewable resource. Wood had fallen out of fashion for some time because of the mistaken belief that the wood would absorb and harbor bacteria from food that is placed on them. After years of study, however, we now know that natural wood will actually kill the bacteria, making wood one of the safest countertop options. The wood can also be sealed and strengthened to help prevent damage. The color of wood countertops will vary greatly based on the species of tree that the wood is harvested from.
Plastic Laminate Countertops
Plastic Laminate, also known as Formica, is a very hard material that is long lasting. It can come in any color you desire, and even be made with custom designs. The laminate will be applied to another material like wood or concrete since it is very thin. This is an affordable option that can be used in almost any environment.
Ceramic Tile Countertops
Ceramic tile was once a very popular choice due to its natural beauty and longevity. Today it is not nearly as common to use, but it is still a good option in some situations. Ceramic tile can come in many colors, and it is easy to make custom designs. Just make sure you are using tiles designed specifically for countertops as those used on walls aren’t going to be durable enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear of a countertop.
Other Solid Surface Countertops
There are a variety of other solid surfacing materials available including Corian, Avonite, and others. These are made from acrylic, polyester, or a combination of each. These solid countertops are resistant to scratches, and can be more easily repaired than other materials. Choosing the right material for your kitchen countertops is an important decision. If you have any questions about the pros and cons of each of them, or if you would like to get an estimate on how much they would cost for your kitchen, please call and talk with one of our kitchen design professionals. We can be reached by dialing