Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertops
When designing the kitchen of your dreams you think about the cabinets and appliances, but what about the kitchen countertops? The piece of your kitchen that is going to get used the most, selecting the right one for your kitchen can be difficult, but here is some help. The three most common and popular types of countertops are granite, quartz, or solid surface. Each has its own functionality, style, and price.
Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops in a kitchen. It is one of the hardest materials on earth, making it ideal for a highly active kitchen. It is available in many different color options but will have flecks of darker colors and a stone-like pattern. The fact it is available in many different color options makes it easy to compliment any color scheme; however, it tends to look best against darker finished cabinets like walnut or cherry.
Quartz or Engineered Stone
Unlike granite, engineered stone countertops are 93% quartz that is then combined with resin to create a non-porous material. Engineered stone is more consistent with its coloring, with lighter flecks that can sometimes be hard to notice, depending on the color you choose. Like granite, an engineered stone countertop can withstand heavy, everyday use. It also requires little and can be coated to become stain, heat, or scratch resistant. If you are looking for the quality of granite, but with a sleeker look, this is the perfect option.
This is the most versatile option for countertops that is on the market. Solid surface countertops can come in a wide variety of colors, has a consistent color throughout, and can easily be repaired. Unlike granite and engineered stone, a solid surface countertop has the color going consistently through the whole thing, making chips, scratches, and stains stand out more. However, unlike the other two countertops, choosing a solid surface countertop can allow for more unique edging and give your kitchen a distinct look that will set it apart.
In many cases, homeowners choose one countertop that is uniform in the whole kitchen space. However, if you are struggling to choose, doing a combination of solid surface and either granite or engineered stone is always an option. Using solid surface on an island, such as a butcher block, and then the remaining counter space be engineered stone creates a complimentary contrast and functional work spaces.
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