Granite, Soapstone, Quartz, Concrete…..the list is a mile long when it comes to countertop materials. So how do you know which one is the best for you and your low maintenance needs and budget? Just close your eyes and pick one you like! No, we didn’t mean that, but with all the choices they give you it seems like that is the only option. Knowing what you are buying is important before you make the final purchase, after all changing your countertops are not as easy as changing your paint color.
If you are looking for something that will stand up to heat and last a lifetime then Granite is what you need. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors, nearly 4000 different color patterns and options are available. Granite has the 2nd hardest rating after diamonds and is on the list of desirable counters for home buyers. Granite does require a special sealer and light maintenance – but it is well worth it.
Because of its extremely high price tag, marble is not often seen on the countertops of whole kitchens. To get the luxurious look, use it on an island or inset at a baking center if you can’t slather your whole kitchen in it. Marble requires constant maintenance, as it easily stains. Some new sealers retard staining, but we will add again that marble can be pricey.
Next we have engineered stone; it is composed of 93% quartz particles. It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. Engineered stone is easy to keep up with and does not require the annual sealer like natural stone.
Ceramic tile is durable and easy to clean. Add to that inexpensive and you've got a really good choice for countertops for the average home. Because it's installed a section at a time, it can be done by most resourceful homeowners.
For a really contemporary and industrial look for your kitchen, stainless steel is a good choice. They are heat resistant and ultra-durable. Because they're constructed to your specifications, you can have a seamless countertop – this means no cracks and weird places for food to get trapped. The only down side to stainless steel countertops is the fact that they scratch easy so you can never cut on them, and they can dent. Minimal downside for this amazing look if you ask me.
There are lots of options on the market for kitchen countertops. Our list of top picks gives the pros and cons of the top choices so that you can make an educated choice when you remodel your kitchen.
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