Choose The Best Countertop For Your Kitchen!

07.06.2022
Article by M.T. Metal Frame Houses

The choice for the best countertop material is an important decision to make, since we spend a lot of time on daily basis in the kitchen.

However, we need to take into consideration many parameters which will determine our final decision, such as, style, durability, cost, maintenance, etc.

Luckily, the evolution of production and the quality of different types of materials gives us the opportunity of choosing among many options.

We’ve gathered, the best types of kitchen countertops including their advantages and disadvantages, where you can find them down below:

Marble Kitchen Countertop

Marble is made of limestone. It is softer than granite and is usually the most common stone in the kitchen.

Advantages:

  • Classic, timeless beauty with a white brightness which is not available on other stones
  • It’s naturally cool
  • Heat resistant
Disadvantages:
  • Higher cost than other materials
  • When it breaks, it is difficult to repair
  • Since it is a softer stone, it is likely to present more stains and scratches on the surface during use

Granite Kitchen Countertop

Granite kitchen countertops come from natural stone. Its hard diamond-like surface makes it an ideal material for kitchen countertops. Granite is resistant to heat, scratches and spots.

Advantages:

  • Wide range in colours and designs
  • Natural granite is also one of the toughest surfaces and is scratch resistant
  • Extremely heat resistant, resistant to burning
Disadvantages:
  • Higher cost than other materials
  • When it breaks, it is difficult to repair

Corian Kitchen Countertop

Corian is a material made from a mixture of natural minerals and acrylic resin, which is available in a wide range of colours. It is a highly durable material that can be moulded into any shape.

Advantages:

  • They do not have a core of chipboard, which makes them extremely flexible in their design
  • There are no joints for trapping microbes
  • Small scratches and marks, they can be easily removed with cleaning products
  • Wide range of colours
  • Recyclable
  • Does not contain toxic substances
Disadvantages:
  • Higher cost compared to other surfaces
  • They are not heat-resistant enough and are more sensitive to scratches since they are made of a specific type of plastic

Laminate Kitchen Countertop

One of the most common options for kitchen counters. Resistant to moisture and to the demanding everyday use.

Advantages:

  • Low cost
  • Easy and fast cleaning
  • Resistance to moisture, scratches and various marks (stains)
  • Wide range of colours
Disadvantages:
  • Beware of the placement of very hot utensils and the use of knives because they can cause damages that are not easily repaired

Wooden Kitchen Countertop

A countertop made of solid wood has the ability to completely transform your kitchen. Whether you have a traditional kitchen or a modern kitchen, these countertops can add natural beauty to the space.

Advantages:

  • They improve over time and, with proper maintenance, can be kept in good condition for a long time
  • It is compact, which means that you can clean up any accidental damage
  • They are naturally resistant to germs and bacteria
Disadvantages:
  • They are a cheaper alternative but require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition
  • They must be lubricated regularly to avoid permanent damage caused by water
  • They cannot withstand the heat from hot pans and dishes. Also, you cannot cut anything directly on the surface

Ceramic Kitchen Countertop

Advantages:

  • They are available on the market in a wide variety of colours, patterns and designs
  • They have great resistance to scratches, stains, high temperature and humidity
  • Easy Cleaning
Disadvantages:
  • Easily gather germs in the places of the joints and must be thoroughly cleaned
  • They may break, so it is advisable to save some if they need to be replaced

Which surface will you choose for your own kitchen?

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