How To Choose The Right Kitchen Countertop Material
Here are some essential tips for picking the right kitchen counter top material!
1) Examine Your Options
There can be a whole host of materials to choose from when it comes to kitchen counter tops. If you have your heart set on a certain look but the material doesn’t match your lifestyle, luckily for you there’s probably another material that does.
Granite is a strong countertop choice and is available in a variety of shades such as black, white, green, coral and beige. Granite is available in two finishes and is a unique choice in the way that no two pieces are exactly the same. A polished finish will result in a shiny look that darkens the appearance of the stone, while a honed look gives off a more soft and matte feel. The costs for granite vary depending on things such as colour, finish and origin of the stone.
Marble, Limestone And Soapstone
Other natural stone materials such as marble, limestone and soapstone are softer than granite. These materials require a more delicate touch and greater care, with all stone countertops needing to be sealed periodically. Marble is one of the softer natural stones, which make it less durable and more prone to etching, however, there’s just no denying the luxurious look you get from it.
Laminate is the most affordable countertop material on the market and comes in an endless array of colours and designs. This nonporous acrylic is an ideal choice if you’re looking to go wild with colours and patterns, with its ability to shape itself into any design concept. The downside of laminate is that, it is susceptible to scorching if a hot pan touches the surface, while having a reputation for scratching easily. New technology in recent years has made it tougher but it’s still considered a budget option.
Solid surface countertops have plenty of appeal, as one of the least expensive countertop options that also come in a variety of colours. Made up of artificial stone that is mostly a mixture of natural materials and an acrylic bonding agent, solid surface countertops are resistant to most household cleaning supplies.
Concrete countertops are available in several different finishes; from trowel, to ground and pressed. Providing a unique industrial look, concrete can either be poured to suit or purchased precast. While the durability is excellent, it does stain easily, meaning you will have to use sealant to minimise this. Concrete’s price points, however, fall between being cheaper than marble but pricier than laminate.
2) Find The Right Fit For You
Depending on your lifestyle, homeowners need to assess the way they live before settling on a countertop surface. If you have three kids and are most likely to make a scrum of sandwiches on your countertop every day, then choosing white granite may not be the best idea.
Choose a kitchen countertop material that suits your needs in the home, while considering how that material can match your style preference.
3) Mix And Match
If you can’t decide on one material, then perhaps consider mix and matching the surface. You can often use a different material on an island than the rest of the countertops, to differentiate the space.
Another option is to inset another material into a countertop for specific tasks. Incorporating a butcher block can be common for chopping, while marble is a common choice for baking. Whatever you’re looking for in your kitchen counter top, selecting exactly what you want has never been easier.
4) Find Your Edge
Depending on the countertop material you choose and your requirements in the home, edges are another way of customising your kitchen counter top to your liking. Square edges are standard for most countertops but decorative edges like eased, bullnose, beveled, mitred and ogee are all available for you.
The right edging treatment will show off the beauty of your stone, while finishing your overall room style and providing extra decorative value. With virtually every countertop material you come across, there is a plethora of edging options for you to consider.
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