What Type of Kitchen Countertops are Best for Your Kitchen Design?
Types of kitchen countertops
If you are planning a kitchen remodel or even just a countertop replacement you will quickly realize that there are many options of countertop materials. In order to choose the best one for you read on to find out more about each material.
Granite is probably one of the most popular materials for countertops. It is a natural material and has numerous colors and design patterns available. It is also a sanitary surface that resists bacteria and can be easily cleaned. Most granite does not stain when it has a sealant unless it is a very light color. The price of granite ranges from $60-$85 per square foot.
Marble is another great option for your kitchen. It is very durable and makes a great upgrade for your home. Marble comes in shades of white, blue, gray, green, rose, yellow, pink and more. The color you choose will depend on the country where the marble originates. For example green can be from Ireland or Sweden and will have different coloring.
Sometimes marble could chip or stain easily if it is not cared for properly. It requires sealing upon installation and annually. Wiping up spills as soon as possible will help with staining. Do not use chemicals or abrasives on a marble countertop. The cost is variable ranging from $50 to upwards of $200 per square foot for the best quality.
Quartz countertops are available in numerous colors and finishes. Quartz is known to be durable and low maintenance. It does not require sealing like marble and granite. Quartz is naturally nonporous so it is resistant to stains, scratches and bacteria. Quartz however has a lower heat resistance and exposure to sunlight and heat could cause cracking, warping or fading. The cost ranges from $45 to about $100 per square foot.
Solid wood countertops are made from a premium grade of wood and are available in a large variety of styles, colors and designs. Wood countertops look great with any type of decor. Once the sealant is applied the wood countertops are able to be cleaned easily and are waterproof. They are also sanitary and resistant to stains. Staining is a must because the wood is too porous and could breed germs and bacteria if not treated. Overtime your wood countertops may need refinishing which can be done by a professional by sanding off the top layer and resealing. The cost of wood countertops is about $30 to $60 per square foot.
Formica is a budget friendly option. It is made of a composite material rather than a natural one. Formica countertops are available to mimic the look of wood, stainless steel or stone. Formica countertops require little maintenance and are easily cleaned with a simple soap and water mixture. There are numerous colors and patterns available. Formica is not as durable as natural materials but it can last for years if it is taken care of properly. Formica is the least expensive option at $35-$70 per square foot.
When you are planning a kitchen remodel you will have a variety of options of countertop choices. It’s best to talk to your designers to see which works best in your home. When you are ready for a remodel or even just a countertop replacement call the kitchen remodeling experts at Authentic Concepts Design.