How Do I Choose The Right Kitchen Countertops?
Choosing the right kitchen countertops can be a hard decision. As tempting as it is to choose one based on it’s looks alone, durability, maintenance, and of course cost should also be considered with choosing a countertop. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to kitchen countertops. Check out these different types to help you decide!
The top choice in countertops is granite. It is available in a variety of shades such as black, white, green, coral, and beige, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is available in two finishes, polished and honing. A polished finish gives the granite a shiny look and darkens the appearance of the stone, while a honing finish gives the granite a soft and matte look. The cost of granite depends on the color, finish, and origin of the stone.
Concrete countertops are becoming more popular because they can be completely customized with pigments. Concrete is available in many different finishes such as trowel (smooth), ground (sanded), and pressed (marblelike). With concrete countertops, you must avoid extreme temperatures since the can cause them to warp or become discolored.
Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop materials on the market and comes in an array of colors and designs. Although, it is very sensitive to hot pans and used to be known to scratch easily; however scratch-resistant laminate has come a long way over the past few years. Laminate is rising in popularity due to its ability to resemble stone, wood, or even quartz at the fraction of the cost.
Practically maintenance free, quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, and heat resistant. Due to their non-porous surface, they don’t need to be sealed like other natural stone countertops. Since it is also available in a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz ranks very close in popularity behind granite.
Both decorative and functional, wood countertops are ideal for food prep. They are properly sealed and are sanitary for even chopping meat. Wood is highly heat-resistant, so there is no need to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the countertop.
Still can’t decide? Contact Flooring & Kitchen Designs of Littleton for help picking out and installing the perfect kitchen countertops!