The kitchen countertop is the icing on the cake for any kitchen remodel. The countertop can create a bold statement or be a compliment to the style of your entire house. If you’re thinking about remodeling, it is important to think about the materials and what you want from a countertop before making a final decision. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular materials.
Natural stone is the most sought after material because of its natural beauty, durability, and longevity. It will last forever! These advantages come with a high price tag and need regular care to keep your investment protected. All natural stone surfaces need to be sealed regularly to keep stains and scratches at bay and they are not heat resistant. It is important to pick out your slab before you make a purchase because all natural stone varies in terms of coloration and veining. The natural changes are one of those most beautiful aspects of granite. Here is a dramatic example from our showroom, you can see that the granite looks almost completely different on each side of the sink:
TIP: To keep natural stone looking its best, check your surface cleaners for ammonia. Ammonia can seriously damage these materials, causing dullness, pitting, and flaking. Classic Kitchen & Bath suggests using cleaners specifically made for natural stone. Glass cleaners and dishwashing soap are some of the worst offenders, so check the ingredients before scrubbing down!
Quartz is a relatively new material that lies somewhere in between natural stone and solid surfaces. We call it an “engineered stone” since it is man-made from natural quartz materials. These tops have most of the benefits of natural stone all while being easier to maintain. Quartz is scratch and stain resistant without needing to be sealed, but it is not completely heat resistant. If you don’t like the natural color variations in granite, quartz will give you the consistent pattern you need. The price of quartz is comparable to high quality granites and depending on the brand, it could be more expensive.
Laminate is one of those most affordable options for counters. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns with options of finishes and edging. Since it is plastic, this material is more susceptible to cracks, scratches, and heat but it is also stain resistant and easier to clean. Brands like Wilsonart and Formica offer high definition, glossy laminates which are made to look like natural stones. We have Wilsonart’s Aeon HD Deepstar Bronze in our kitchenette:
Granite, quartz, and laminate are the most popular tops but there are many other materials to use. Depending on your style and budget, you may decide to go with a different option. Pictured is Vetrazzo, a brand that uses a recycled glass and cement mixture to provide a beautiful and environmentally friendly option. Other materials include:
- Stainless Steel
- Solid Surface
- Wood/Butcher Block
- Ceramic Tile
To find out more about kitchen countertops, call one of the designers at the showroom at 540-437-1990 or come visit us at 1930 Deyerle Avenue in Harrisonburg,VA!