26 May How to Choose The Best Kitchen Countertop
Kitchen cabinets determine the kitchen style, while the kitchen countertops influence not only style, but it’s obviously the place where you cook your food, and then will be cleaning up the mess afterwards!
As the main part of the kitchen, all dietary activities start from here.
So it is quite important for you to choose the right countertop.
At present, the popular materials on the market are artificial stone, laminate, stainless steel , natural stone and solid wood.
Lets talk in more detail about each type of material.
The most common natural stones used to make countertops include granite and marble.
Granite – once found only in expensive, high-end kitchens, is more commonplace today and is by far the most popular natural stone countertop material. It comes in a wide array of colours, ranging from vibrant blues and variegated browns, to midnight black, deep red and mottled white.
Marble – Beautiful and classic, marble has been used in European kitchens for ages. To some, marble takes on a patina, but others will see it as marred. Small nicks and scratches can be polished out.
Weak Point: Nature stone chips and scratches easily and you’ll need to seal periodically to protect from staining. Most stains that marred unsealed nature stone wiped away with water on sealed samples, but hard-water deposit removers left a permanent mark, even on sealed stone.
Practically maintenance free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant and, thanks to their non-porous surface, don’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. By the way, it is safe, non-toxic and no radiation.
Because of its extremely high hardness, quartz stone is difficult for machining process. It is too unitary in shape than other countertop. And the price is higher comparatively.
Resistance to heat and impact are pluses, and scratches and small nicks can be buffed out and repaired. The material is waterproof, so it’s a good choice for an undermounted sink. Solid-surface comes in many patterns and colors. It’s nonporous and doesn’t require special sealers or cleaners. Scratches are easily sanded out. It can be molded to include a seamless backsplash or integrated sink bowl.
Weak Point: It doesn’t have the charm of granite or quartz. It scratches and burns easily. Plus, it’s made of non-renewable resources, it’s energy-intensive to manufacture, and it’s difficult to recycle — not a great “green” choice.
By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are coming into a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost.
Weak Point: Laminates crack, scratch, and scorch more easily than the countertop materials it resembles. It’s also a bear to repair.
Stainless Steel Countertops
Stainless steel lends a modern, industrial look to this stylish kitchen. The metal surface coordinates with any color and is one of the easiest countertop materials to clean — just wipe off stains with a cloth and mild soap. The most appealing characteristic of this material is its ability to inhibit bacterial buildup, making it the most
Weak Point: Steel dents and scratches easily and shows fingerprints.
Drain cleaners and hard-water deposit removers can discolor steel.