A Guide to Kitchen Countertops

You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen – great! Aside from the cabinets and new appliances, the biggest decision you’ll make is what kind of countertop you want. There are many different types of countertops to choose from, so the decision won’t be easy. Below, we’ve listed the types of materials used to make kitchen countertops and a few characteristics of each. 

Engineered Quartz 

Engineered quartz countertops are made by mixing quartz with resin to create a very hard surface. It is a non-porous surface that prevents the growth of bacteria and germs.

Because of its strength, engineered stone countertops are very durable. They require no sealing and are stain and heat resistant. 

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile countertops are made from floor-grade tiles rather than wall tiles as they are more durable. Ceramic tiles are made from clay that has been fired and glazed. Countertops made from ceramic tile are stain and heat resistant, and because the surface is made from individual tiles, any damage is easily repaired by simply replacing the affected tiles. 

The downside of ceramic tile as a countertop is that the surface is uneven, and the grout requires regular resealing. 

Natural Stone

Kitchen countertops can also be made from a variety of natural stone. Granite, marble, soapstone, and limestone are some of the more common stones used in kitchen countertop creation. 

Natural stone makes for beautiful countertops, but it requires regular sealing to make it resistant to stains and scratches. Granite and soapstone are more durable than marble and limestone. 

Acrylic and Polyester 

Called solid surface countertops, acrylic and polyester countertops are virtually maintenance-free and non-porous. Unfortunately, they are not heat or scratch-resistant, but they do come in a variety of colors and patterns. 

Plastic Laminate

Kitchen countertops made from plastic laminate are the most affordable. They come in an array of colors to match nearly any décor, but they are not heat resistant and they scratch and chip easily. 

Wood

Wood countertops lend a warm touch to any kitchen. They are made from hardwoods such as cherry, oak, and maple and they come in a variety of unique wood grain patterns.  Wood countertops are ideal for cutting and preparing food, although they will show knife marks if you’re not careful. Wood countertops need considerable care and maintenance to retain their beauty. 

As you can see, you have many choices when it comes to replacing the countertops in your kitchen. Whatever type of countertop you decide to go with, be sure to have a professional measure, cut, and install them so they last for many years to come.