Are you designing a new kitchen? Do you have any idea which type of countertop material you are going to go with? It can be a tough decision, no doubt! To help you out, let’s take a look at the most popular type of materials for kitchen countertops and pit them against each other in a battle royale!
Granite is by far the most common kitchen countertop material, and for good reason! Slabs of granite are hard, durable, scratch-resistant, and impervious to heat, stains, and water, so long as they are properly sealed. Granite slabs are also easy to clean and come in a variety of colours. One more bonus is that each slab of granite is unique in its appearance! The only drawbacks with granite are its heaviness, and the fact that it needs annual resealing in order to be kept in the best shape possible.
Quartz countertops are just as hard and durable as granite ones, and they come with the added bonus of being available in more minimalistic colours such as pure white or pure black. The downside that comes with quartz is that it is often more expensive than other materials.
Marble is one of the most beautiful materials you can go with for your kitchen countertop, and it can often be cheaper than granite. However, if you are thinking of choosing this material be aware that it can be high-maintenance. Marble is softer and more porous than a material like granite, meaning it can stain or scratch much more easily. If you are willing to put in the extra work and keep up with the maintenance of marble, you will be able to enjoy its sheer beauty for years to come.
Soapstone has a beautiful, darker look with light veining, providing an old timey feel. This material is easier to maintain than marble, but still higher maintenance than marble. If you can handle a little more maintenance, this may be a good choice for you if you still want an extra beautiful look.
Stainless steel is durable and easy to clean, making it an attractive choice for your countertops. Stainless steel also is a great way to give your kitchen a sleek industrial and modern feel, which is refreshing if you are tired of all of the granite, quartz, and marble countertops out there. The only downside is that stainless steel can be pretty expensive.
Concrete countertops provide a raw, industrial look that can be very elegant if done properly. They are tough and will get the job done when it comes to your standard kitchen tasks and duties. This material can also be poured in any thickness, allowing you to make some really interesting edge designs.
Tile kitchen countertops may bring back memories of the 1980’s if you grew up in that time, but this is not a bad thing at all! Sometimes it’s good to take a look at what worked in the past and incorporate it into your life today. Tile kitchen countertops are a great way to give your new kitchen a vintage look that will hold up beautifully in today’s world. Tile is also durable enough to handle all of the typical kitchen duties you’re likely to throw at it.
Now that you know more about each of the countertop materials, you can pick which one you think is the clear winner and make your purchase with confidence. Happy shopping!