Deciding on the right kitchen countertop material can be tough, as there are so many choices that have similar traits! You should consider how you use your kitchen, how much maintenance you are willing to do, your budget, the surface area of your countertop space, and the look that will fit your kitchen’s design. It helps to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the different materials on the market before deciding on what’s best.
Below is what you should know about three of the most popular countertop options, to help you choose what will work best in your kitchen.
Quartz countertops deliver a high-class look without the stress of high maintenance. This makes the material a great choice if you have young children or a high-traffic kitchen. Quartz offers a variety of shades to choose from, and has a nonporous surface that is resistant to both staining and scratching. The material is extremely durable, does not need to be sealed, and can be custom-fabricated in any shape and size.
On the downside, quartz cannot withstand high levels of heat. Placing hot pans directly on the surface can damage the countertop material. Also, two separate stones typically have to be molded together if you want larger sizes.
Marble is a high-end natural stone that produces a classic luxury look. The countertop material is comparatively soft and porous, making it suitable for use in low traffic kitchens. Because no two pieces of the material are the same, marble is completely unique. This material comes in a variety of colors and styles, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
However, the soft nature of the material means that it is less durable. Marble is also sensitive to acidic substances and harsh chemical cleaners. The countertop material needs frequent maintenance, is very heavy, and cuts and scratches more easily.
Granite is arguably the most popular natural stone countertop material. One of the hardest natural stones, this is a great option when you need a durable material that will add natural beauty to your kitchen and help protect your investment. When properly sealed, granite is stain, scratch, heat and water- resistant. There are different colors and patterns to work with, allowing you to choose the shade that blends perfectly with your style.
For all the strengths of granite, the material has a few disadvantages. Granite is relatively expensive and requires regular sealing to promote longevity. You will also need professional help to repair damages to the countertop material.
In the end, the countertop material you choose for your kitchen should be tough and long-lasting. At Tom Curren Companies, we are committed to helping you make the right choices for your lifestyle. Our dedicated team will work with you to transform your space into your dream kitchen! Contact us today to get a free estimate.