Tips For Choosing The Best Material For Your New Kitchen Countertops

5 April 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If your kitchen needs a new look, then installing new countertops could be the answer. They can give the room a new color or a luxury atmosphere depending on the type of countertops you buy. You have several choices for new countertops. Here's a look at some popular choices and when they might be a good choice for your kitchen.

When Affordability Is Important

If your remodeling budget is tight, you can save money but still have nice looking countertops if you choose tile or laminate. Tile can be made from porcelain or ceramic, and the tiles come in different colors and sizes. If you're handy around the home, you might be able to install tiles yourself if you can cut them to fit around your sink and the edges of the counter.

Laminate is another affordable kitchen countertop material. It is available in several colors and patterns too. You can even install laminate that looks like granite or marble. Laminate is not as durable as real stone though, so you'll need to take care not to scorch or scratch it.

When You Want A Luxury Kitchen

If you want your kitchen to have a high-end appearance, then marble countertops would be a good option. Marble has a distinctive appearance that adds glamour to your kitchen. You won't be paying for looks alone though because marble is an excellent material for food preparation. Granite is also a good countertop material that gives your kitchen a luxury or gourmet look. Both granite and marble countertops are made from slabs of heavy stone, so they usually require professional installation.

When Bold Colors Are Important

If you want a colorful kitchen, then you may want a solid surface countertop. These come in several colors such as red, green, and black. Unlike stone, these countertops are not a natural material, and they aren't intended to look like natural stone. One benefit of a solid surface countertop is that it can join seamlessly with a kitchen sink, so the sink is the same color as the countertop.

If you want an artsy look, then a solid surface is a good choice. It's also an excellent choice when you want countertops that are easy to care for since they are easy to clean and if they are scratched or stained, you can buff out the imperfection.

When Low Maintenance Is Preferred

If you want a countertop that can have the look of natural stone, but that needs far less maintenance, then quartz could be the best choice. Quartz countertops are made of crushed quartz mixed with resin and color dye. This allows them to be made in a wide range of colors and patterns. 

A quartz countertop can be made to look just like granite or marble with rich grains. But since it is blended with resin, the countertop is not porous so it never needs to be sealed and it won't soak up liquids. Since it isn't porous and it is a continuous surface, there are no grooves for bacteria to hide. This makes quartz a hygienic countertop material as well. Also, it is very low maintenance and easy to care for.

Contact a company like House Of Floors for more information and assistance.