Countertops are no longer just for food prep or a place for your coffee maker, but a centerpiece of your kitchen. A well-designed countertop makes a statement, and is a perfect hybrid of function and form. Today, there are more countertop materials than ever before, all providing you with a different level of functionality and form.
Granite has proved to be the most in demand countertop material. This is due partially to its elegant finish, array of colors and patterns it comes in, and it’s durability. Granite cleans easily, and you don’t have to worry about stains or heat damaging your countertops. However, it is at the higher end of the countertop spectrum. It is usually worth the price tag for it is a great blend of being highly functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Marble countertops definitely make a statement. They are one of the most expensive countertop materials you can purchase. Marble countertops provide a level of luxury unmatched by most countertops. However, they are not the most user-friendly countertop because they are hard to clean and stain easily. If you like, and can afford, the marble look a good tip is to use it sparingly, incorporating it in a smaller less used part of the kitchen, or as a backsplash.
Laminate countertops are exceptionally durable and easy to maintain and exceptionally affordable. They are easy to clean, resistant to stains, and comes in an infinite amount of colors and patterns. Laminate countertops are great for families, for you do not have to worry about children damaging your expensive countertops. A draw back to laminate countertops is they typically do not provide an elegant polished look that you might want.
A tile countertop is a great way to customize your kitchen. There are many tile combinations you can use to show your personality. A mosaic tile is a great way to incorporate a southwestern style to your kitchen. Depending on the tile you use, it can be expensive, and it is important to note that anytime you tile anything you need to pay close attention to the grout. Cleaning grout can be time consuming and difficult.
A wood or butcher-block countertop can give you that chief style kitchen that you are looking for. Depending on the type of wood you choose, it can be an affordable choice. It is also a convenient choice as you can prep your food without the confines of a chopping block or worrying about dulling your knifes. Wood countertops can be hard to clean, and can trap bacteria and germs if not cleaned or sealed correctly.
Corian is a synthetic surface that is best described as a blend between granite and laminate. It has a more finished appearance than laminate, and is less expensive than granite. It is a great option if you are looking for a stone slab look, but don’t want the price tag that comes with it. Corian is also exceptionally easy to clean and maintain.
Countertops are an exciting great way to customize and make a statement in your kitchen. By examining the pros and cons of different materials you will be able to match what works for both you and your kitchen.