Pros and Cons of Various Countertops
Maybe you’ve finally decided it’s time to redo your kitchen. Or maybe you’re just thinking about it. Either way, you’ll soon discover there are many different types of countertop materials available. From the less expensive solid surfaces to more expensive concrete, it can be a hard decision. Considering the pros and cons of each option is an important first step.
Solid surface is an inexpensive option for updating your kitchen and is available in almost any color. However, it is inexpensive because it is made of acrylic. This means that it cannot withstand heat well. The fact that it is acrylic means that it is seamless and easier to repair. It also does not stain easily. If you are looking for a countertop that will make your house standout though, this is not it.
Most people who are unfamiliar with kitchen remodels think of granite as the only other option and that is because it is a classic. It is a naturally occurring stone which means you get a unique pattern and design. It also handles heat well so that hot pan can go directly onto the counter. However, due to the fact that it is a stone, it is porous in nature. This means that needs a sealer to maintain its great appearance.
Quartz is an engineered stone similar to granite. However, because it is engineered, it does not have the need for sealing like granite. It handles a reasonable amount of heat and stays cool for a long time. This is an easily-maintained, heavy duty countertop that will look overall amazing in your new kitchen.
Concrete is another stone countertop option and, yes, it is literally concrete. This means that it is durable. It can be dyed to match most any color you want and is great for a unique kitchen layout or look. One of the negatives is that it can crack. On a positive, it also can be repaired easily. One other thing to consider is that it will need time to set so don’t plan on a one-day install.
Wood can bring out warm kitchen look in a way that no stone countertop can. It cleans easily and can last a long time if properly cared for. However, it does need frequent maintenance to prevent the spread of bacteria that can collect in the cracks and nicks.
There is a reason metal countertops are found in commercial kitchens. They are easy to clean, hard to damage and amazing with heat. It also will bring a sophistication to your kitchen that most other countertops won’t.
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