The Top Materials To Use For Kitchen Countertops, And Why
Updated: Aug 1
Being in the home improvement business for over 30+ years, the most commonly asked question we receive is "which material should I use for my kitchen countertops?"
There are many fine materials to choose from, and at Marble & Tile USA, we are here to guide you in making the best decision to make your dream space a reality.
Also known as an engineered stone, Quartz is extremely durable, so it won't chip or crack as easily as other materials.
It is also non-porous, meaning that it is stain resistant and can withstand the accidental spills and messes that are expected in the kitchen. Think coffee, juice, oil and wine. Because of its non-porous surface, quartz countertops will not harbor viruses or bacteria.
Another advantage is the attractive and elegant look of quartz. It is offered in a wide variety of colors, and the appearance of the stone is luxurious.
According to Elle Decor, quartz surfacing is on the rise, since it is versatile and can be fabricated to imitate the look of soapstone, marble and slate. The National Kitchen & Bath Association NKBA, has also seen an increasing demand for quartz as the best countertop choice in the kitchen, as well as bath.
If you're looking for the durability and low maintenance of quartz, but are interested in the veining and look of natural stone, quartz is a fantastic option.
2. Porcelain Countertops
Porcelain is an un-traditional material to use as a countertop, but its popularity is on the rise.
We highly recommend using porcelain as it is stain resistant, scratch resistant, as well as heat resistant. Since porcelain is manufactured at extremely high temperatures, it can withstand the heat.
Because of its resistance to ultraviolet light, this eliminates worry of sun damage, and thus is a great option for outdoor applications.
Each porcelain slab is identical to the next, meaning you don't have to view each individual slab.
Thanks to inkjet production technology, it can be manufactured with comparable beauty to a marble look you were hoping to have in your space.
3. Marble Countertops
When it comes to kitchen counters and home design in general, marble screams luxury and elegance.
Each piece of marble is unique with its distinctive veining and look caused by a natural process from sedimentary dolomite or limestone rock.
Marble is softer than a harder material, like granite, meaning that it is easy to incorporate design elements like curved or decorative edges during the fabrication process.
However, we do warn our customers that marble is a porous material, and is not resistant to stains.
4. Quartzite Countertops
Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock known for its resilience, easy maintenance and resistance to UV rays.
Harder than marble, quartzite is the perfect option for consumers who desire the natural look of marble, but want something more durable.
It is durable and easy to clean, however we warn our customers that quartzite should be sealed properly as it is not indestructible. If you decide to go with a quartzite for your kitchen countertop, we recommend using cutting boards and pot holders when handling sharp or hot objects.
5. Granite Countertops
Granite is a highly popular material used for kitchen countertops, as it is extremely affordable. Due to the durability of the stone, it resists chipping and scratching under normal conditions.
It will resist moisture, stains and bacteria. Not to mention, it is heat resistant.
Another benefit is that granite adds value to your kitchen, and to your home overall. This is a good investment if you are considering a move in the future and want to increase your home's sale price.
If in case your countertop does chip, it is easily repairable. Typically granite is durable enough so that it doesn't break, but you do have the option to fix it if an accident occurs.
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