Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Countertops

kitchen countertops graniteA kitchen countertop caters to multiple utilities. It acts as a platform on which you would place your key appliances. You would use it for prepping the dishes and putting together the various ingredients and a whole range of tasks related to cooking as well as serving. Thus, a kitchen countertop needs to be perfect. It needs to be durable, should be easy to clean and maintain, must not wear out or be prone to dust and stains. Also, the kitchen countertop should look pleasant if not fascinating.

There are a few common materials which are widely used for kitchen countertops, namely marble, granite, laminate, silestone, stainless steel, soapstone, concrete and butcher block among others. Here we look at the advantages and disadvantages of some of the materials used for kitchen countertops so that you’ll be prepared to make a wise decision before you remodel your kitchen in Colorado Springs.

Granite

Granite looks great; it is aesthetic, durable and resistive to knife nicks, general wear and tear as well as heat. The negatives include its price and the fact that you have to seal the surface time and again to avoid accumulation of stains. Also, the underlying cabinets if any must be strong enough to withstand the weight of granite. However, granite is widely used because of its sturdiness and longevity.

Granite is one of the most popular materials to use in Colorado Springs kitchen remodeling projects.

Marble

Marble is elegant. It is cool and the texture of the surface allows for preparation of all kinds of dishes. On the flip side, marble can be easily stained and it is as expensive as granite. But the appearance of marble and its utility as well as durability convince most homeowners to go for it. Marble is usually found in higher-end homes.

Silestone / Quartz

Silestone comes in a wide variety of colors and designs. While quartz is the most dominant component, the engineering and processing allows for myriad designs and colors. Silestone is slightly cheaper than granite and marble but is equally durable. Owing to its variations in style, many families go with silestone. A combination of marble or granite in some areas and silestone in the other places across the kitchen countertop is also quite common.

Other Materials

Laminate is very affordable but not very durable. It is prone to scratching and getting burnt. It is also vulnerable to moisture and other common causes of wear and tear. Stainless steel doesn’t look elegant although high grade kitchen countertop made of it can be very durable and utilitarian. Concrete and tiles are not very popular choices for kitchen countertops.

Be sure to do your research and talk to your contractor before deciding what kind of countertop you want to have installed in your kitchen and it’s alway a great idea to explore other kitchen ideas before making final decisions.

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