Within this article we look at the various materials used for countertops and discuss the reasons for choosing them for your kitchen. Whether its durability, hygiene or cost, you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of each material below.
This in expensive option is a very popular choice for kitchen countertops and it comes in a variety of colors and textures. It isn’t that hard wearing and can get scratched or burned, and gets dirty very easily. It is not built to last. If you do choose laminate you can protect your surfaces with trivets and chopping boards.
A wide range of colors and patterns to choose from
Easy to apply fancy edges
Not wise to use as a cutting surface or to place hot pans upon
Cannot be repaired if it gets damaged, it must get replaced
Noticeable seams because of a dark backing sheet. This is most apparent with light colors
Granite is the most common type of stone used for a countertop. Granite is quarried worldwide, with colors and patterns that reveal the region and the geological conditions that created it. Each slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns for a great character and look. It is highly durable, it doesn’t scratch or burn and it keeps its color. Unfortunately Granite is a very expensive material though the finished look is often well worth the cost.
A variety of colors of natural stone
Heat resistant and hard to scratch
To prevent staining it will need to be resealed
Stainless steel worktops
Often associated with professional kitchens, stainless steel is stylish and contemporary. Steel is highly durable and can be shaped in many ways to fit your kitchen. The backsplash and the sink can be made out of the same piece of steel, ensuring that there are no awkward corners or gaps for food to get lost in. Stainless steel is hygienic and is the only surface that can be safely bleached.
The only surface that can be safely bleached
Sinks, draining boards and backsplashes can all be fabricated into the counter top.
All the joints can be polished for a seamless effect (may cost extra).
Can scratch and dent (though newer designs can include textured finishes that can hide the scratches).
A high maintenance option