Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Overview – Your Guide to Renovating
When you are renovating your kitchen, there is one thing that you can replace and will change the whole look of this room. We are talking about the countertops, of course. But what are the qualities and drawbacks of the most popular countertop surfaces? Well, this article should serve as your guide.
- Granite Countertops
Granite is often the main choice when cost is not a problem for you. It’s among the most expensive materials, but along with the price comes quality and elegance. Even a modest kitchen will look quite luxurious with granite countertops, and it will serve you very well.
First of all, granite is not only strong and durable but also impervious to heat. When treated with modern sealers, it’s almost free of maintenance too. Plus, it’s available in thousands of types and colors, meaning that your kitchen will look amazing and unique.
- Quartz Countertops
The quartz used in countertops is an engineered stone that mixes 93% quartz and other minerals, using resin as a bond to keep it in shape. Plus, more and more people are looking towards quartz as a good alternative for granite.
“With so many aesthetic choices available, it allows us to control the overall color and texture throughout the design process, making kitchen spaces streamlined and modern with all the added benefits,” says interior designer Jenn Feldman. Bear in mind that it is not as tolerable to heat as granite, so you may want to be careful what you place on it.
- Marble Countertops
Marble is also very common in kitchens where countertops are involved. Since no two marble sheets are the same, you can be certain that your kitchen will be entirely unique. Granted, it is quite expensive, but at the same time, it is heatproof and waterproof.
Plus, marble is as beautiful as it is a tool for creativity. “There’s an art to marble—selecting the slabs and understanding where the veining is going to be located on the countertop. You want to artfully place the markings so that it’s almost like a painting,” says Russell Groves, lead architect at Groves & Co.
- Laminate Countertops
Laminate countertop surfaces are mainly for those who are on a budget and cannot afford fancy countertops such as granite or marble. The material itself is inexpensive, and it’s simple enough to work around so that you can do DIY work with it.
“Now you’re also getting more exposure to design through social media, so trends cycle quickly. Cheaper surfaces like laminate become a not terribly expensive way to do something bold and exciting, but it’s not the end of the world to replace,” says Amy Sklar, an interior designer in Los Angeles. It looks great, it’s easy to use – and when you get bored of it, you may easily make a change.
A type of stone that is sourced from the Appalachian Mountains, soapstone is usually imported from Brazil or Finland. Soapstone is mainly naturally occurring talc that provides a soft (soap-like) feeling. It’s non-porous, meaning that it’s resistant to heat, stains, and bacteria – a quality that also makes it a low-maintenance product.
With that in mind, one needs to keep in mind that due to the soft surface, it’s also more susceptible to damage. While it does have that antique patina look, you need to make sure not to drop anything hard on it, as it may get damaged.
The good part of this is that if there is any damage, you can easily sand it out. Plus, if any scratches or dents occur, it usually leads to an attractive antique look – something that rarely happens with other materials. If you are looking to get an antique vibe in your kitchen, then soapstone is the kind of countertop material you should go for.