Kitchen countertops have to be able to take a lot of abuse. They need to be able to stand up to the heat of pots, cutting from knives and abrasive cleansers. I’m sure you have seen countertops all scratched up and know what I’m talking about.
So let’s look at 7 of the most popular kitchen countertop materials being used today that give you this kind of durability:
Granite is a natural stone and a very popular choice for its natural beauty and durability. Granite is very hard in fact the hardest and densest of the natural stones. Granite is used to create kitchen countertops that are extremely scratch resistant and can keep their luster longer than most other materials. Granite is the most expensive of all the kitchen countertop surfaces, although it is still considered a very practical material in that it will last forever and is virtually indestructible.
Marble is another natural stone and is considered to be very elegant and will last longer than the kitchen cabinets for sure. It is very expensive however and requires some care. Acidic foods such as orange juice will etch the finished surface of a marble kitchen countertop.
Slate is rich and beautiful and therefore is often used for kitchen countertops, bathroom sinks or fireplace surrounds. It’s look and style means it can be used in either modern or traditional kitchens and is sometimes used in combination with marble. It is less expensive than marble yet it is durable, strong, and can withstand hard use.
Concrete is one of the biggest fads in kitchen countertops today. It is right at home in the industrial or contemporary kitchen designs of today. It is sometimes available in pre formed sections but more often is poured and formed on-site (Often by the home owner). It is a great material to use for unusually shaped counters. The countertop needs to be handled carefully before and during installation as it can crack. It can also crack if the concrete should contract. It can be stained any color and then the surface can be polished and finished as desired. Concrete kitchen countertops are expensive, (unless you are doing it yourself) and require a sealant and have some care needs.
Corian is a solid surface material that became very popular in the 1990’s. It is a man-made product and can be made any color. It is a solid surface that is not porous and can easily be repaired if scratched or burned. It is still highly recommended by kitchen countertop experts.
Stainless Steel> is a product that has many advantages including it’s very hygienic, easy to clean, has ability to stand up to extreme wear and heat. It is a great product for that ultra modern kitchen and our new appliances. It has some disadvantages in that it can be noisy and scratches will develop.
Tile surfaces are beautiful and can be tough, hard-wearing takes hot pans, heat and stain resistant. There are several different types of tiles to choose from including ceramic, porcelain, quarry, glass, natural stone and mosaic. It has good design flexibility as they are available in many colors, sizes and textures. Tile is often used for trim or backsplashes even when a different product is used for the countertop. Tiles though are not as durable, as they can become chipped or cracked and the grout can easily become stained.