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If you are in the process of updating your kitchen, then the kitchen countertops material is probably one of your main worries right now. And, for excellent reasons. Not only that the countertops take a lot of visual real estate, but they are also a crucial part of your kitchen, and the material you choose can make or break its functionality. The wrong countertop material could break more easily or accumulate grease stains that are difficult to clean.
To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve listed some of the most popular countertop materials and a few essential questions that could help you make the right choice.
Types of Kitchen Countertops Materials
Here’s a look at some of the most popular options when it comes to kitchen countertop materials.
- Granite: Granite is perhaps the most popular natural stone countertop material. Cut into long, speak slabs; it can give your kitchen a seamless and polished look. The slabs come in various colors and are treated with a sealant that makes the countertops stain resistant. This sealant usually lasts between five and ten years.
- Marble: With beautiful natural patterns, marble countertops can help your kitchen achieve a refined look. But, because it is softer and more porous than granite, marble isn’t as stain resistant. Moreover, it’s just a bit more high-maintenance as it requires frequent sealing.
- Quartz Composite: Also known as engineered stone, quartz composite is made of 90% quartz and 10% acrylic or epoxy binder. This is a very low-maintenance and durable material, but the price can get quite hefty.
- Concrete: Concrete countertops can give your kitchen a modern, minimal look. While they are stain, heat, and scratch-resistant, cracking is a major concern with concrete slabs.
- Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tiles can be an excellent option for your kitchen island, dining countertops, or other work surfaces. Make sure to choose tiles that are specifically designed for countertops or floors, as the wall ones are usually too thin and can crack easily.
- Plastic Laminate: One of the most versatile and durable kitchen countertop materials comes from a kraft paper impregnated with resins. Plastic laminate is affordable, sturdy, and quite appealing. On the other hand, it’s not heat resistant, and it has a low return on investment.
How to Choose the Right Kitchen Countertop Material
Ask yourself the following questions to ensure the material you choose fits your needs and the design and functionality of your kitchen:
- What color and design fits the aesthetic of your kitchen?
- How are you going to use the space? If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, opt for more durable, low-maintenance materials.
- What size and shape do you need? (measure the length, thickness, and edge style of the slabs.)
- What will the cost of purchase and maintenance be?
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