Countertops make up a large portion of your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc. They can make a statement or blend with the rest of the space. With endless materials, finishes, patterns, and colors you’re bound to find one that complements your space. There is no right or wrong countertop material, but there are some that will be more practical in a particular space.
Let’s begin with laminate.
Laminate is one of the most cost effective options out there. It’s common in kitchens and bathrooms because of its stain and water resistant properties, and the extensive color options. While laminate is rather low maintenance, it is prone to scratching, cracking, and heat damage if not properly cared for.
Next up is Corian.
Corian is a non-porpous, solid surface material made from acrylic polymers and natural materials. There’s many color options, as well as options that resemble marble or granite. It’s relatively durable, but can be damaged by heat, scratches, and stains. These are often found in the kitchen, where they see a lot of use, because of the durable properties.
Let’s talk butcher block counters.
Aside from their natural antibacterial properties, butcher block counters are highly durable and one of the most sustainable options. While it does need to be properly treated and sealed, it comes in a variety of colors making it compatible with any design style. If treated with care by using cutting boards and neutral cleaners, butcher block counters will look new for years down the road.
A favorite in contemporary and modern homes is stainless steel.
Providing a sleek, modern finish, stainless steel makes its appearance in many modern kitchens. The smooth surface makes it a low maintenance material as far as cleaning goes. Although, it does show fingerprints and smudges more than another countertop material might. They are more durable than other materials, but if not properly cared for they can scratch and dent. The sleek, cool finish of stainless steel makes a great statement in the kitchen, especially when paired with stainless steel appliances.
Concrete countertops are far and few between, but when they make their appearance they are beautiful and modern.
Concrete is a naturally porous material so it has to be sealed frequently. But, it’s a highly durable material and can easily be fixed if cracked or chipped. Because of its porous surface it can be susceptible to stains, particularly acidic stains. The thing that sets concrete counters apart from other materials is how fully customizable they are. They can be made to have built in drainboards, trivets, and even cutting boards.
A luxurious favorite we often see in contemporary homes is marble.
There are 3 types of marble: carrara, calacatta, and statuary. Each type has a different field, or background, and the veining varies in size and color. Marble has been known to increase property value in homes because of how luxurious it makes a space feel, especially when properly cared for. While it is incredibly beautiful, no question about that, its soft, porous surface can crack or stain easily. Marble countertops are considered high maintenance, but the elegance and beauty they provide in your kitchen or bathroom is unlike any other material.
Granite countertops have been around for a long time, and for good reason, too.
Granite is a natural stone countertop available in a multitude of colors. With proper sealing once a year granite is stain, scratch, and water resistant. Granite is a durable material, which makes them very popular in kitchens or other areas where they get a lot of use.
Lastly, we have quartz countertops.
These quickly became a favorite among homeowners because there are far more color options than almost any other countertop material on the market. Quartz is made of ground natural minerals, set with a resin. This makes for a uniform pattern across the slab and a nonporous surface making it stain, scratch, and water resistant. Quartz does not have to be sealed once a year, and it is very easy to clean. It’s a great option for any design style in any room.
No matter your design style, or where countertops are being installed, there is a material, color, and pattern that is right for you and your space.