Choosing a kitchen counter is about more than looks. Your kitchen countertop is the workhorse of your kitchen! It is where you prepare meals, serve food, work on school projects, deposit groceries, wrap Christmas gifts, and anything else you need a hard flat surface for. No other surface in your home gets more use or is cleaned more often. Different materials each offer unique looks but also come with their own set of care and maintenance rules; some more than others. Balancing the counter’s look with your lifestyle is key to choosing the countertop for your “forever kitchen”.
- Natural Stone – Once reserved for only the most lavish of homes, natural stones such as marble, soapstone, slate, and the ultra-trendy granite are now as commonplace as a two-car garage. Granite in particular provides a wide array of styles to choose from. While natural stone surfaces are built to last, they do come with important care instructions. Granite is porous, requiring sealing every 5 or so years. Failure to do so results in permanent stains. The softer stones like marble have the potential to show knife scars and knicks. Lastly, all natural stone must be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner specifically designed for stone surface. So if you want a showpiece kitchen, stone may be for you. But if you use your kitchen like a workshop for food, you may want to consider material that is more durable.
- Engineered Stone – Also known as quartz or quartz composite, engineered stone comes in an endless variety of colors and styles. It is hard and more durable than natural stone and has a depth, clarity, and radiance not found in natural stone. Because it is non-porous, engineered stone does not require sealing and can be easily cleaned with simple soap and water.
- Solid Surface – Made from a dense acrylic, polyester, or blend of the two, solid surface countertops offer low maintenance and a wide variety of color and pattern choices. Seams are fused together to create undetectable joints, which makes solid surface a great choice for large or long sections of countertops and oversized island tops. You also have the option of a solid surface sink to match or contrast the countertop. This material is susceptible to scratches and burns, however these can be sanded out.
In February we will explore the more traditional wood, tile, and laminate surfaces, as well as the trendy and more accessible concrete. If you have questions or are ready to put that counter in today, give the experts at Distinct Construction, Northern Kentucky Renovation and Remodeling, a call!