that is used to construct the kitchen countertops
has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of
the space. With a wide range of materials available
to today’s homeowner, it helps to understand
the unique qualities that each popular kitchen countertop
Laminates, or synthetics that are coated in plastics,
have long been a common countertop material. Laminates
are extremely easy to care for – they wipe
clean easily. They’re also versatile due to
the wide range of colors and styles available in
laminates. Laminates are not considered hugely resilient,
however, and because a laminate countertop is all
one piece, unfortunately if one part of the countertop
becomes damaged, the entire thing must be replaced.
Wood countertops are popular in traditionally designed
kitchens because of their warm and classical appearance.
Wood countertops add a rich look to the kitchen
and can be rather timeless in their essence. However,
wood does require a fair amount of upkeep between
wax, oil, and staining.
On the opposite end of the design and maintenance
spectrum is stainless steel. Stainless steel is
known for its industrial appearance and is used
in most professional kitchens. Stainless steel tends
to be on the higher end of the pricing spectrum,
however for the serious chef who desires a modern,
industrial look, stainless steel is the most exciting
option available for the kitchen.
Meanwhile, granite has long been a classic for all
types of kitchen spaces due to its durability and
its versatility. Granite comes in a wide range of
colors and is extremely heat resistant – in
fact, a hot pot or pan can be placed directly onto
granite with no damage to the material. Granite
does require some maintenance via sealing.
One alternative to granite that has a similar look
and feel is engineered stone. Engineered stone is
made of 93% quartz particles and it’s extremely
resilient. Engineered stone is stain proof, making
it ideal for kitchens, and it’s extremely
easy to care for.
Another common choice for all types of kitchen is
tiling. Most tiles are made of ceramic, which is
a resilient and affordable material that comes in
a wide range of colors, textures, and styles. Like
granite, ceramic can withstand high temperatures
and therefore it is considered very resilient, making
it a good choice for the kitchen. Some homeowners
do feel that ceramic is harder to keep clean than
other countertop surfaces because of the grooves
between the tiles (known as grouting), which can
be difficult to keep clean.
Finally, soapstone is another popular kitchen countertop
material that has versatility in the type of kitchen
it can work in. Soapstone is smooth and is usually
a dark color. Depending on the kitchen it’s
placed in, soapstone can either feel modern or classical,
which is what makes it a really versatile option
for the kitchen. Soapstone does require some maintenance
– mineral oil applied regularly to the surface
of a soapstone countertop helps to prevent cracking
on the surface.