07 September 2016

Choosing a material for the kitchen countertop may seem easy at first, but when confronted with the large variety of options available, it can eventually seem daunting. Thankfully, each material has its own pros and cons, and specific qualities that may fulfil your requirements. Here are 7 of the most commonly preferred kitchen countertop materials:

Laminate

For those on a budget, laminate countertops are the most pocket-friendly option. They come in a variety of colours and patterns, including the ability to mimic granite, wood, and marble textures. However, laminate countertops aren’t very durable and don’t tolerate high heat very well. In case the laminate countertop is damaged, it cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced completely.

Wood

Wood countertops look extremely graceful and add a cosy natural feel to the kitchen. Once sealed and treated, wood countertops are heat-resistant and far more durable than their laminate counterparts. However, even a sealed wooden countertop may not be the most hygienic and is not suitable for food prep when dealing with meat and fish.

Glass

Glass countertop

Believe it or not, glass countertops have soared in popularity over the past few years. You can have a glass countertop in any shape or size you desire, not to mention the wide variety of colour options available. Glass countertops look a lot more elegant than laminates and are much more heat-resistant as well. Even though durability is an issue, small cracks and chips can easily be repaired.

Marble

For a long time, marble had been the material of choice for countertops in opulent kitchens. While still in demand thanks to the distinguished look it offers, the use of marble for kitchen countertops has certainly gone down. A marble countertop demands good care and regular maintenance. While it is heat-resistant, a marble countertop is susceptible to physical damage.

Stainless Steel

A growing number of homeowners are opting for professional-looking kitchens and stainless steel countertops are perfect for the job. Stainless steel countertops are extremely heat-resistant and durable; you can chop vegetables directly on the countertop and don’t even need a cutting board. Even cleaning-up is extremely easy. Thanks to its non-porous surface, stainless steel countertops are great for food prep involving meat and fish. However, they aren’t much to look at and don’t offer the same elegance and charm as some of the other materials on the list.

Granite

Granite has long been the king of kitchen countertops, and for good reason. Whether you opt for polished or honed granite countertops, the material offers a great balance of different qualities. Granite countertops are heat-resistant, extremely durable, need little maintenance, are easy to clean, easy to repair, and won’t blow your budget. You do have to reseal the countertops once a year, but they are far easier to maintain than wood or marble countertops.

Quartz

Quartz countertops are a marvel of modern engineering; think of all the good things about granite and take them one step further. However, unlike granite, quartz countertops do not require any maintenance. The countertops are available in a range of colours and patterns, but are extremely expensive as well. Due to the very high cost of installing quartz countertops, granite remains a more practical and lucrative option.