There are so many different surfaces to choose from these days that it can feel overwhelming. Countertops help dictate the look of the kitchen. But it’s important to know how functional and durable the options are. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular choices.
The most familiar surface is laminate. It’s inexpensive, comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, and can last for years with relatively minimal care. However, depending on color, the scams may show. Also it can burn, fade, stain, scratch or chip with heavy use.
Ceramic tile can be custom designed to allow a creative flair. It’s heat resistant, but the grout can be challenging to keep clean and must be sealed to prevent soiling.
Solid surfacing can be seamlessly joined providing a smooth, uninterrupted look. Small cuts and marks can be buffed out. However, it’s not heat resistant so inlaying trivets is recommended.
Of the stones, granite is the hardest and most heat, stain, and scratch resistant. To further protect it from stain can be sealed periodically. Like tile the hard surface of stone can be tough on fragile glassware and crockery.
Ultimately your choice of countertop material will be influenced by a combination of practicality, aesthetics, and price. For the best of all worlds consider mixing and matching. Team your favorite specialty surface, such as a marble pastry slab or a tile backsplash with an affordable laminate. A little creativity can go a long was toward giving you the look you want, with the features you need, at a price you can afford.