When choosing a kitchen countertop, you will notice that there are a variety of options and materials available, each single one having its own qualities and strengths. The material that is used to construct kitchen countertops has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the kitchen design and space. Before deciding which countertop material to use in your kitchen, it is a good idea to understand the different options, the pros and cons, and the budgetary requirements of each one.
Quartz/Engineered Stone Kitchen Countertops
At Modiani Kitchens, we generally recommend choosing Quartz or engineered stone countertops by Caesarstone for your kitchen remodel. Quartz is a great alternative to granite or marble, has a similar look and represents the best value for money countertop from our point of view. Engineered stone is made of 93% quartz particles, is stain resistant, easy to care for and extremely resilient, making it the ideal choice for modern and traditional kitchens.
Granite Kitchen Countertops
Granite single-surface countertops have long been a classic choice for all types of luxury kitchen spaces due to their durability and versatility. Granite is a natural stone, comes in a wide range of colors and is extremely heat resistant – in fact, a hot pot or pan can be placed directly onto granite with no damage to the material. However, keep in mind that granite countertops require constant maintenance, sealing and using stone cleaners.
Soapstone Kitchen Countertops
Soapstone is another popular kitchen countertop material that is smooth, made of natural stone and usually available in dark colors with fewer color options than granite. Depending on the kitchen it is placed in, soapstone can either feel modern or classic. However, soapstone is porous and requires constant maintenance, so make sure to apply mineral oil regularly to the surface to prevent surface cracking and staining.
Slate Kitchen Countertops
Slate is a natural, dense stone that is typically available in five hues – black, green, red, purple, and gray. Slate is non-porous and, unlike granite and soapstone, requires little to no maintenance.
Concrete Kitchen Countertops
Concrete has a similar appearance to natural stone and has therefore incrementally grown in popularity over recent years. Coloring can be added to concrete before it is poured, making concrete a fairly customizable option.
Laminate Kitchen Countertops
Laminate, or synthetics coated in plastic, have long been a common countertop material. They are extremely easy to care for, clean easily and are available in a wide range of colors and styles. However, laminates are not considered hugely resilient, and if one part of the countertop becomes damaged, the entire top needs to be replaced.
Wooden Kitchen Countertops
Wood countertops are very popular among traditionally designed kitchens because of their warm, natural looking, classic appearance. They add a rich look to the kitchen, are fairly durable and timeless in their essence. However, wood requires a fair amount of upkeep to avoid cracking, warping, and staining.
Metal Kitchen Countertops
Metal or stainless steel countertops are known for their industrial appearance and are used in most professional stainless steel kitchens. Stainless steel tends to be on the higher end of the pricing spectrum; however, for a serious chef who desires a modern, industrial look, stainless steel is the most exciting option available on the market.
Ceramic Tile Kitchen Countertops
Another stylish choice for kitchen countertops is tiles. Most tiles are made of ceramic, which is a resilient and affordable material that comes in a variety of colors, textures, and styles, providing a lot of room to work with different styling options. Like granite, ceramic can withstand high temperatures and is therefore considered as very resilient. However, some homeowners feel that tile countertops are harder to keep clean than other surfaces because of the grooves between the tiles, also known as grouting.