Types of Replacements for Your Kitchen Countertop
The looks of your kitchen can be enhanced, and its functionality improved with a new kitchen countertop. There are many different types of countertops you can choose for your kitchen each having its characteristics. Whatever your taste and your budget it, you will surely find one the will fit them well.
Knowing more about the different types of kitchen countertop will help you make an informed decision when choosing the best countertop for your kitchen.
Laminates are very popular today and these are thin sheets of plastic that you install on your countertop. Formica is the most common of laminates. You can use laminates to achieve the look of other materials. Laminates are not expensive kinds of countertop material and you can choose from many different patterns, colors, and surfaces; their edges can be square or rolled, are stain resistant, and low in maintenance.
Tiles are also inexpensive and can add color and character to your kitchen. Tiles come in different sizes and you can buy according to your needs. They are made of glazed ceramics and they are resistant to dampness, scuffing, and soiling. You can design your kitchen in creative ways with tiles. Putting your tiles in different directions can help create a nice design for your kitchen. You can also find a wide range of tile textures and patterns.
Granite is a stone countertop that many households love. This type of countertop is extremely durable, resistant to heat, and scratchproof. It doesn’t get scratched even if you use it for chopping food items and so you don’t need to buy a chopping board anymore. You can choose granite in natural colors and the finish can be polished or matte. It can be cleaned with soap and water but for stains, you would need a special cleaner.
Limestone and marble are the other stone options for countertops. Resistance to heat and impact best characterizes limestone. You can get it in limited colors. If you use marble, you have a non-stick surface which is good for baking.
A natural material that is tough and durable is quartz. Quartz has greater scratch and scorch resistance compared to other materials. Quartz countertops do not need resealing and when it comes to stain resistance, they are better than granite. You can buy this in different colors and many edge design options. This is ideal for food preparation.
Wood is another great natural surface for your kitchen countertop. When cutting ingredients on your wooden countertop, you don’t easily blunt the edges of your knives. Wood maintenance is easy, and its life is long.
Installation time will depend on the kind of material you choose for your countertop.