Countertop Options For Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is perhaps one of the most important place in our house. This is mostly because it is where we prepare the sumptuous dishes that we partake daily. As we all know, and it is indeed a very obvious fact that food is one of the basic needs of mankind; therefore, the place in which we prepare it is as important as well. It is also essential that the kitchen is kept clean and germ – free because if good hygiene is implemented in the kitchen (which is obviously a standard procedure for any homeowner) good health and nutrition is also guaranteed.

However, maintaining the cleanliness in the kitchen area is a very tedious job. Cleaning should be done in regular intervals and spills and stains should be dealt with right away. This is one of the reasons why it is important as well that we consider the maintenance tasks when we are planning the kitchen and this could be solved by installing the right type in the kitchen. Not only that you would be able to recreate and elegant mood in your kitchen but make it a bit easier to clean and maintain as well. But of course, that could vary because of the types of countertops that could be installed.

It is necessary, that a kitchen countertop should be able to withstand constant contact with water. Otherwise cleaning the place would become a difficult job.

There are several types of countertops you could use to fit inside the kitchen. You can use stone, laminates, and engineered stone or ceramic tiles.

You have several options from which to make choice from; it can therefore get extremely confusing for you. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages; therefore you will require devoting a bit of time to choose by process of elimination.

Kitchen Countertop Properties

Stone kitchen countertops are considered an excellent choice when it comes to these things. These type of countertops which includes marble and granite which we commonly see in kitchen showrooms are one of the toughest and at the same time, the most attractive to look at. It could withstand constant contact with water and liquids which makes it the number one choice when it comes to countertops. Additionally, stone is heat – resistant, so you wouldn’t have to worry about placing your hot kettles or pots on it. Unlike other options, it won’t crack or chip under extreme heat. However, like any other material or product, good quality comes with a quite expensive price tag. Expect the same with these stone countertops. Although it’s quite expensive, you wouldn’t regret purchasing it for it would last a long time, making it a smart investment.

Since not all people could afford to spend a fortune, the least that they could do is find the best option on an affordable price range. And when it comes to that, you can be sure that ceramic kitchen countertops are your best bet. Despite of the fragile properties of the ceramic countertop, it is still widely used by homes all over the world because of its affordability and attractiveness. It is perhaps also the most flexible, with regards to style and design. You could choose from thousands of different colors, patterns and style and you could even customize it and create your own designs. The numerous varieties make it highly customizable. However, like what I’ve said earlier, ceramics are fragile, prone to chipping and cracking and it fades over time.

Engineered stone countertops is another good option. It rates second to the stone countertop when toughness is concerned. Engineered stone is made up of compressed quartz, that is why, like the ceramic tile, you could expect versatililty and flexibilty when it comes to design, style and color.

For those people who don’t care much about the quality and cares a lot about the price, the Laminate kitchen countertop is the most affordable option. This type of countertop is very easy to install and maintain and because it is extremely cheap, replacing it when it’s busted is a more viable option than repairing it. The installment requires no special skills and could take you a week. That’s twice as fast as installing ceramic kitchen countertops. However, due to the extreme affordability of this product, we could expect it to be the least prone to damages, scratches and others. But don’t worry, it is very affordable, you could by a new one if it gets screwed up or something.

Sometimes you may be compelled to make choices according to your budget. However, lack of information might result into making incorrect choices. So it is better to research to be aware of their properties which could enable you to make smart decisions based on the countertop’s unique properties and your preference. Knowing the right type of countertop for the right type of situation could avoid you the headache of making mistakes. That is the reason why it is essential that we do our own researching. Don’t worry about doing some market research, you don’t have to make a door – to – door survey on every homeowners and home improvement stores near you, all you have to do is log on to the internet and try searching for some good reviews, and look for reliable ones that are unbiased and gives you a clear option and a definite comparison between these products.

To know if a review about kitchen countertop is any good, you should site if it gives you a handful of options, like different brands, different price and quality categories. You could also get some sort of estimation of the total expenses that you would dish out. If somehow, you are planning to design and reconstruct your kitchen yourself, it would be of great help to check these “reliable” reviews out because they might have a say on the subject and might even give you some helpful tips that you could find useful. Good reviews generally makes your tasks easier by giving you choices in which you could compare and balance different aspects like price, quality, and other related stuff.

Kitchen countertops play an important role in our homes. Their surface is where we place all our kitchen appliances; it is where we lay out and prepare ingredients for a delicious meal, and this is also where we store them. Not only does the kitchen serve as a place for food preparation and storage, it is also where family members and guests hang around to converse and commune. If you noticed, a large percentage of our childhood lives were spent in that room, and more often, gossips and news about anything and everything under the sun is exchanged and transmitted to ears that are willing to listen, here on the kitchen. That is a proven fact.

Before you begin designing, you might want to ask yourself several things regarding the type of countertop that would fit your lifestyle, the type that would fit your budget, and the kind of that is perfect for your kitchen with regards to the existing interior design of the whole house. To know more, here are some few reminders:

  • Laminate counters are made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that is easy to clean. They are non-porous, water-resistant and do not build up bacteria. In addition, they can last a long as thirty years, but the scratches will last until it’s replaced.
  • Stainless steels offer a really contemporary and industrial look for your kitchen. It is also a good choice because it is heat-resistant and durable. However, it may dent and you can’t cut on it.
  • Ceramic tiles are durable and easy to clean. They are also heat-proof, scratch-resistant and long-lasting. You may also save a lot for labor costs because if you are a handy, resourceful homeowner, you may install it themselves.
  • For people who are willing to spend more, natural stone, glass and granite are excellent choices. They can increase the value of your homes and assure you of good quality kitchen countertops.
  • When selecting natural stone countertops, you can choose among its different types, textures, appearances and finishes, which make up the beauty of natural stones. One great thing about natural stone is that it is unique. No stones are alike, making every single choice is one of a kind.
  • Glass countertops can give a kitchen that edgy, contemporary modern look that many people want for their kitchens. Glass has the toughness of a construction-grade material, but can be incredibly dramatic with great textures, sexy designs and creative backlighting. They are relatively durable and can withstand a decent amount of weight. A wide range of finishes are available for the glass countertops; it can be smooth, textured, sandblasted, patterned or etched. Glass is non-porous, stain-proof and heat-resistant.
  • Considered second to diamonds in hardness, granite is the most popular choice. Granite is a very hard material, highly resistant to impact, scratching, and staining. It holds up to heat and comes in a wide array of colors and shades such as blacks, whites, beiges, corals and greens, and the best thing about it is that no two pieces are exactly the same. It also looks permanent and substantial and will certainly last a lifetime.

Other kitchen countertop choices include engineered stone, solid surface, wood or butcher blocks and concrete counters.

Choosing kitchen countertops may need a lot of work and decision-making on the consumers’ side. Other things like lifestyle and taste shall also be considered when choosing the best countertops. You can also mix and match the materials and colors if you are the daring type. It’s your kitchen, after all. Go for what you want and what makes you feel good.