9 Kitchen Countertop Choices

9 Kitchen Countertop Choices

Kitchen is the hub of the home. Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. If your kitchen needs a lift but you’re not up for an all-out renovation, consider a countertop makeover. Countertops are a central part of the look. It’s important to know what each offers in terms of durability and ease of maintenance based on your cooking habits. 

Following are 9 of the most popular kitchen countertop options. We have listed few pros and cons for each choice. Read on to find the one that’s right for you.

 

 

Granite kitchen Countertop1. Granite

Pros:

- Naturally durable 
- Water and heat resistant
- Easy to clean with warm water and a mild detergent
- Has a high value to home buyers
- Looks permanent and substantial
- Lasts a lifetime
- Available in a variety of colours

 Cons: 

- Expensive, but becoming more affordable
- Lower cabinets may require reinforcement
- Need annual resealing
- It can crack when hit by a hard, sharp object
- Often requires additional structural support since it is very heavy
- Can crack if stressed or improperly installed.
- Each slab of granite is different, so it may not be a good choice if you prefer a completely uniform look.
- Once glued onto the cabinets, granite is quite difficult to remove, and may result in damage to the cabinets.

 

2. MarbleMarbel kitchen countertop

Pros:

- Luxurious stone available in a variety of colours and patterns
- Water and heat resistant
- Beautiful, natural material provides a smooth, cool surface
- Hard wearing, durable
- Cleans easily
- It can perform for decades while maintaining its elegance
- This is a classic and timeless choice for a kitchen

Cons: 

- Expensive
- Stains easily unless professionally sealed
- Cannot be fixed, need to replace the entire countertop if damaged
- Lower cabinets may require reinforcement
- Can scratch easily, especially when touched for a long period of time by something acidic
- Will dull knife if used as a chopping surface
- Not as hard as granite

 

 

3. Quartz quarts kitchen Countertop

 Pros:

- Crack and scratch resistant
- Impervious to stains
- Does not need to be sealed
- Easy to clean
- Available in different looks such as imitation granite and stone or in a variety of colours
- Because it can flex, engineered quartz can be fabricated in larger pieces and with fewer joints

Cons:

- Expensive
- Lower cabinets may require reinforcement
- The resin content isn’t heat tolerant

 

4. Laminate

Laminate kitchen Countertop

Pros:

- Solid, durable material
- Wide range of colours, textures and patterns available
- Up to date colors and pattern.
- Cleans easily with soap and water
- Water resistant
- Resistant to most stains
- Inexpensive compared to natural stones
- Offers more edge choices compared to other materials
- Easy to change and would cost less replacing

Cons:

- Not as durable as natural stones.
- Abrasive cleaning may cause marks and damage
- Dark backing may be visible at seams
- Can chip or scratch
- Cannot be used as a chopping surface
- Not resistant to heat. Hot objects could leave a burning mark.
- Burn marks are not easy to remove

 

5. Solid surfaceSolid Surface kitchen Countertop

Pros:

- Highly resistant to permanent damage
- Can be sanded away
- Can be manufactured without visible seams
- Can be moulded into unified counter and sink
- Cleans easily with soap and water
durable

Cons:

- Can be moderately expensive
- Lower cabinets may require reinforcement
- Dark colours will show nicks
- Sharp knives will severely damage the surface
- Hot pans can discolor the surface if left on the counter

 

soapstone kitchen Countertop

6. Soapstone

Pros:

- Beautiful natural grey color
- Smooth matte feel
- Resistant to etching from acids
- Scratches can be sanded or oiled away

 Cons:

- Requires maintenance 
- Not as heat resistant as granite
- Not impervious dents and scratches

 

 

 

 

7. Wood or butcher blockwood kitchen Countertop

Pros:

- Excellent chopping surface
- Easy on glassware and china
- Resistant to moderate heat
- Easy to clean 
- Can be sanded and resealed as needed

Cons:

- Can be damaged by water and stains over time
- Can scratch and scorch
- Wet metal kitchen equipment left on surface will leave rust stains

 

8. Glass Glass kitchen Countertop

Pros:

- Stylish and can blend in perfectly with modern designs
- Different chocies of colors, tints and texture
- Resistant to heat and moisture
- Easy to clean and maintain

Cons:

- Water prints often tend to remain on the glass surface
- Scratched or chippped
- Fairly expensive compared to some other materials

 

 

 

9. Stainless steel stainless steel kitchen Countertop

 Pros:

- Waterproof, heat resistant
- Durable
- Easy to clean
- Extremely hygienic
- Strong material

Cons:

- Noisy and cold
- Fabrication is expensive
- Will dull knife if used as a chopping surface
- Keeping stainless steel free of fingerprints and watermarks can be a chore

 

 

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