Choosing The Right Material For Your Countertop

Kitchen countertopWith so many materials for countertops available, choosing the right one for your kitchen is a tough challenge. To help you find the right material when you remodel your kitchen, here are three of the most popular materials out in the market for you to consider.

Granite Counters

There is no doubt that granite brings a touch of elegance and timeless beauty to any kitchen. Its host of beautiful colors and patterns found in nature makes every piece unique. It is very durable and can stand extreme heat, knife nicks, and other wear and tear. It could easily last a lifetime when cared for properly.

However, you need strong cabinet boxes to be able to support its heavy weight. Sand & Swirl, Inc. agrees that you would also need to seal and reseal it to avoid stains as it has a porous surface. Granite countertops are popular among homeowners in Layton.

Wood Or Butcher Block Counters

Wood countertops are all about warmth and beauty. The classic and natural appearance of wood makes it perfect for a country and cottage-style kitchen. It also comes with a variety of wood tones. While wood can easily get nicked by a knife, some owners actually prefer this, as it gives their kitchen a more shopworn look.

But its installation requires more experience. It needs some room to breathe and cannot be placed directly on top of a substrate to prevent it from warping. It is also more susceptible to water damage and stains. To prevent further damage, scratches need to be oiled and sealed regularly or as instructed by the manufacturer.

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone, also called quartz surfacing, is a manmade countertop material made from resin and quartz particles. It is highly durable and comes in a wide range of colors. It offers the same beauty as a natural stone, but requires less maintenance. It has a nonporous surface that is highly resistant to staining and scratching. And because it is already nonporous to start with, it does not need sealing as granite does. While an engineered stone’s price is quite steep, its durability makes it a worthwhile investment.

Whether you are building your kitchen from scratch or remodeling an existing one, countertops are an integral part of the whole look. The material you choose can either make or break your overall kitchen decor.