From Matt Wilson on October 10, 2013 in Kitchen Cabinets
There’s no one standard kitchen countertop that will work with every type of kitchen style. There are so many out there that it can be bewildering when beginning to research your options.The type of kitchen countertops that a homeowner chooses will ultimately depend on what the countertop is used for, the decor of the rest of the kitchen, and the homeowner’s budget.
One of the oldest and most widely used countertop materials is stone. A well-crafted, high quality stone makes for a beautiful countertop. Types of stone countertops include granite, slate, marble, quartz and limestone. Granite is perhaps the toughest stone, though it will need to be sealed against staining for it to last. Marble is the softest, but is more liable to staining and etching than some of the other stones. Some homeowners have the best of both worlds by having a countertop that’s mostly granite with insets of marble that are used for rolling out pastry dough, which needs marble’s cool surface.
Concrete is becoming more and more popular as a kitchen countertop. It’s extremely versatile because it can be poured on site and embellished with decorations or even built-in trivets for hot pans to rest on. Concrete can also be dyed or stained a great variety of colors. Concrete can also be polished for a satiny glow or mirror brilliance. Since it’s poured, it is truly versatile and can work in spaces that other materials cannot.
Homeowners who really love to cook prize metal countertops for their heat resistance and the ease with which they can be cleaned. Stainless steel countertops were the default metal, but now homeowners are discovering beautiful copper countertops as well.
Laminate countertops are prized because of their cost compared to other countertops. Still, they can be made in ways to resemble stone or wood. Laminate countertops have a core of particle board covered with a laminate sheet. They’re stain resistant and require little maintenance.
This style of countertop used to be known as butcher block countertops and is made of hardwood, which is denser than softwood and often has a beautiful grain that grows more beautiful over time. The one advantage of wooden countertops, besides their beauty, is that scratches are easily dealt with. They only need a bit of sanding.
Solid Surface Countertop
Solid Surface countertops often have a sink seamlessly built in because they’re made out of acrylic resin. They’re easy to custom make and can come in all kinds of colors and textures. A highlighting feature is that scratches can be sanded away. Another feature is that solid surface countertops can mimic the look of marble or granite.
Think glass is too fragile for a countertop? Not anymore! Modern glass countertops with thick and tempered glass are designed to take the harshest of punishment. Yet glass’s toughness doesn’t take away from its beauty. Countertop glass can have many kinds of pleasing textures and colors.
Ceramic tiles also come in a rainbow of colors and patterns. Tiles that are made out of porcelain are extremely tough. Having tiles made out of porcelain allows them to resist heat and staining. However, the grout between the tiles needs to be sealed as it’s extremely porous.
There are a multitude of options available when selecting the right kitchen countertop for your home. Calfinder has compiled a guide to numerous types of countertops available to help you with your upcoming kitchen remodel.