Ceramic Tile Countertops
Most modest kitchens go with ceramic tiles because of their affordable costs. They are also easier to install and when they get damaged in the process, you can easily replace them. Modern design developments avail tones of colors, patterns, and hues. You can install ceramic tiles that resemble wood, quartz, marble, cork, or even leather. You can even order custom ceramic tiles and the manufacture works and deliver them to you. The variety you get with this option cannot be compared to any other countertop product we are discussing in this article.
These products are very delicate and require you to be careful during the installation. Those using the kitchen countertop should also avoid dropping stuff on the counter because the brittle ceramic tiles might break. If you choose this material, beware that it won’t feel as prestigious as marble, granite, and other high-end products.
Soapstone is another beautiful natural stone that was loved in historic days as well as modern times. It’s dark gray in color and feels smooth when touched. Some homeowners and contractors see it as a great alternative to granite considering it is fairly priced than granite and provides almost equal prestige. As you continue to use soapstone countertops, they age into beautiful antique-like surfaces that can greatly enhance the look of your kitchen.
Unlike other natural stones, this one doesn’t attract dirt, it’s resistant to stain, and is quite manageable to maintain. And when it gets scratches, you can just sand it and get back your smooth surface. But soapstone posses a few challenges: It needs periodic treatment with mineral oil and it can darken into an unattractive color with time.
Wood countertops are perhaps one of the oldest kitchen surfaces you’ll find out there. They have been used as butcher blocks for centuries and are still very useful in modern times. The warm wood colors improve the ambience of your kitchen. The fact that wood is highly resistant to heat makes it a favorite in the kitchen because you stop worrying about destroying your surfaces with hot pans and pots. If you use hardwoods like oak and maple, they are more reliable because they are impact-resistant and add a natural feel to your kitchen. We’ve seen many homeowners combine wood with other products as their kitchen installation. This adds to the color and luxurious look you’d find in five-star hotels.
If you are going to install a countertop using the best quality of wood, you’ll have to part with good money. They are fairly expensive. Wood is also not resistant to water and can rot away with time if exposed to water. If you don’t maintain high hygiene standards, dirty wood surfaces can allow the growth of bacteria. You also need to invest in periodic sealing and oiling to avoid cracking.
Concrete slab is well known for flooring but now it has become a common product for countertops. They produce unique and very durable surfaces. These countertops offer surfaces you can decorate and customize to the look of your home. To get rid of the boring grey concrete color, here are decoration options like epoxy, staining, stamping, polishing, and sealing, among others. These flooring options not only decorate your floors but also improve their durability by a huge margin. For instance, if you apply epoxy on your countertop, you’ll likely enjoy several decades of service from your installation. No more cracking, chipping and scratching.
The downside is that concrete is highly porous and must be sealed to enjoy its service. Those who plan to do it on their own would rather try other options because concrete is complex to install and decorate, requiring an expert on-site. The custom work on these surfaces can raise the prices as well.
If you are looking for a countertop that’s easy to maintain, with a variety of choices, and inexpensive then laminate countertops are a good choice. Laminate is a combination of synthetics coated using plastic. You can buy these products in preformed segments to make the installation work very easy. Laminates have become popular because they come in all manner of styles, colors, and patterns. If you wish, you can order custom solutions for your kitchen surfaces.
If you plan to sell your home, it won’t do much in improving its value. They are viewed as an average kitchen installation. These materials can get scratches and chips yet very difficult (almost impossible) to repair. You’ll also need to bear the visible seams.
Solid Surface Countertops
Solid surface countertops came into style around fifty years ago and have a beautiful stone look with the benefits that come from a nonporous surface. Solid surface countertops are usually referred to as a Corian® Solid surface countertops are a combination of acrylic particles and resins which are shaped into sheets that serve as countertops. You’ll also find solid surfaces as utensils and sinks. The fact that they can mimic natural stone so well and create an impression of luxury makes them a mid-tier kitchen countertop material. They are an excellent choice if you lack a budget for countertops made of quartz and granite in large kitchens. This surface does not stain, they get scratched but you can sand out the damage,
Solid surface is moderately costly and its installation vulnerable to heat. So you’ll need to keep your hot pots and pans away from the surfaces. You’ll also need a separate butcher block with this installation.