Countertops are an essential part of the functional kitchen, and you can not have a complete kitchen without a countertop. Countertops have also become the statement piece for the modern kitchen, which makes it more important to choose the right countertop and install it professionally.
Countertops are made of different materials and styles. Some of the most durable and best materials for countertops include granite, stone, tiles, marble, wood, soapstone, quartz, and others.
Pros And Cons Of Different Materials
Laminate countertops are made from sheets of plastic laminate bonded with a practical board core. They are usually made of layers of kraft paper, plastic, and protective resins pressed together while heated to form a durable decorative layer. Nowadays, you can find a variety of designs available in laminate countertops, and you can easily achieve the premium look of quartz, marble, and any other expensive material using the laminate. Having a non-porous surface, laminate doesn’t easily get dirt and moisture
You can find many designs on laminate countertops.
These countertops are cheap and budget-friendly.
Laminate countertops are not immune to scratches and damage.
They can be expensive to get repaired.
Granite countertops are really popular, and you can find both darker and lighter themes in this material. Granite countertops are hard-wearing and beautiful. This material can go for both traditional and modern themes to create the best possible look for your kitchen. Granite is tough, durable, and resistant to scratches and stains. You can get the granite countertop sealed, which will make it more durable in the long term. These countertops are also safe for health because it doesn’t get bacteria and dirt. Choosing the best material also helps in increasing the value of your home because granite has a good resale value.
Granite countertops are heat and water-resistant.
These countertops are durable and last longing.
Cracking is possible if they are not installed professionally.
Marble countertops are considered to be luxurious statements for the kitchen. In addition, they enhance the overall look and aesthetics of the kitchen. Although it requires more maintenance than granite, it is a durable stone, making it worthy of all the care. Also, it is efficient to handle countertop traffic, so you don’t need to be worried about damage or cracks. The whiteness of marble is unmatchable, and it will give you the most premium look.
Marble countertops are heat and water-resistant.
They provide an excellent smooth surface for chocolate and dough work.
Marble countertops are a little expensive.
They should be maintained appropriately to avoid stains.
Quartz countertops have versatile surfaces and a premium look. This material is also known as engineered stone. This material is well-known for its consistent quality, and it is best for the modern, stylish, and uniform appearance of countertops in your kitchen. These countertops don’t get water stains, mold, and bacteria, so you can easily trust this material for its high quality.
While you require to use special cleaners for natural stone countertops, quartz is easy to maintain, and you can use mild soap and water to maintain it like new for the long term. Also, it never requires sealing or waxing, which saves you a lot of time.
You can find different styles and themes in quartz countertops.
These countertops are durable and easy to maintain.
These countertops can be sensitive to heat.
Quartz countertops are not really cheap.
Soapstone is not very common, but it is highly recommendable for countertops. This material can be found in various shades and provides great contrast with cabinets.
This material has a plain look, but it still looks eye-catchy and equally appealing as other luxurious materials. One of the best things about soapstone is it is environmentally friendly and doesn’t require any chemicals in the making process. Soapstone is a naturally non-porous stone, so you won’t have to be worried about liquid spillings or stones. Also, while other natural stones might get damaged easily, soapstone doesn’t get cracks easily.
Soapstone countertops are heat, moisture, and bacteria-resistant.
These countertops have a longer timespan of almost two decades.
It must be maintained with mineral oil.
Soapstones are expensive and must be professionally installed
How do I keep my countertops safe?
Similar to cabinets and a kitchen island, countertops are also easy to maintain and clean. To clean the countertop, you only require cotton cloth with non-chemical liquid detergent, and it will make it shine like a new one. Make sure not to use any harsh chemicals to clean the countertop. Also, if your countertop has any stains, the paste of baking soda and water will do wonders for it.
What are good qualities in a countertop
Before we get to the installation part, the most important thing is to buy the right countertop. There are some factors you must consider before purchasing a countertop.
The material of the countertop should be stain resistant.
You should make sure the material is heat resistant.
The countertop should be easy to maintain and clean.
The countertop should be resistant to scratches.
The countertop should be budget-friendly.
It is essential to get the countertops installed professionally because they’re heavy, and not everyone can handle them without experience. If not installed properly, it can cause components to be damaged. Installing the countertops wrong can also damage cabinets and plumbing. Getting professional assistance to install the countertops not only saves your time but also results in work being done well without any mess.
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