One of the most defining features of any kitchen is the countertop. Whether you are doing a full kitchen remodel or simply updating your surfaces, finding the right countertops is absolutely critical. To help you select the right countertop for your kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of common materials.
Granite is a natural stone, which makes the appearance especially beautiful. It is more durable than other natural stones. Due to granite’s popularity, it has become increasingly accessible in recent years. Despite this growing accessibility, granite is still very expensive. Another drawback is that it must be sealed regularly in order to protect the porous surface. It also requires extra support due to its extreme weight.
Solid surface requires no maintenance, and it is easy to sand down in case of damage. Your solid surface countertop will be custom and seamless, and you can get any color or pattern. However, solid surface is susceptible to heat, which can be problematic in the kitchen. Also, while some options are attractive, others look fake. This can detract the look of your remodel.
This is by far the most affordable option for your kitchen. Generally, laminate has come a long way in recent years, making it more attractive than it used to be. This fact notwithstanding, laminate is still one of the least attractive options overall. It can also be damaged easily, and it can be prone to peeling. In short, with laminate, you often get a good deal but with some compromises.
Quartz has the look of stone without as much maintenance. It is an incredibly durable choice for your kitchen, and it comes in many colors and patterns. Although many people think quartz is natural stone, much of the quartz sold today is manufactured. Therefore, quartz counters may not look quite as authentic. Quartz is also relatively expensive, making it cost prohibitive for some homeowners.
Wood has a rich appearance, and it ages beautifully. Many people like that the surface can be sanded when damaged to restore its appearance. Even though the appearance of wood can be rejuvenated, this surface requires regular maintenance to stay sanitary. One particular problem with wood is that it tends to swell and shrink with temperature changes.
Marble and Other Natural Stone
Natural stone is a gorgeous choice. In particular, marble is typically a standout for its cultured look. This can make your countertop the focal point of your overall kitchen design. Yet this look comes at a cost. Almost all natural stone is very soft, and marble is among the softest. This means that natural stone counters can be damaged easily. Since surfaces like marble are very porous, they can be stained by many liquids and must be sealed often.
Making Your Choice
The best countertop will be different for every homeowner. As you weigh your options, consider the following factors for each product carefully.
No matter which option you choose, you can find the supplies you need at Doug Ashy Building Materials. Our selection is unparalleled, our staff is knowledgeable and our supplies are high quality. Visit our website to start planning your kitchen renovation, or stop by to speak to one of our customer associates and get personalized help with your renovation.