Here at S&K Remodeling, we pride ourselves in offering the best, high-quality services to our customers. In the following article, we will discuss our top picks for kitchen countertops, along with some of the pros and cons of each.
Types of Kitchen Countertops: Pros and Cons
The Laminate Countertop
Looking for an easy to clean, inexpensive countertop option? A laminate surface might be the perfect fit. Having become increasingly popular in recent years, laminate countertops are now being released in more styles and colors than ever before. Simply spray and walk away, these surfaces are very low maintenance. The downside to this type of surface, however, is that it is easily chipped and damaged, and the seams are always noticeable. Repairs to laminate countertops are also difficult, which might yield an unsightly kitchen surface over time.
Next up is ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is a close second to the laminate countertop, though it isn’t as easily damaged. It too is generally easy to clean, and stands up well to heated objects such as pots and pans. Ceramic tile surfaces come in a copious amount of styles, designs, and colors. On the downside, ceramic tile can often break if impacted with a heavy object or blunt force. Additionally, grout lines between those “easy to clean” tiles often prove a little more difficult to keep up with/
Looking for a unique and upscale way to increase the value of a home? Marble countertops might be just the ticket. With a look of elegance and style, marble countertops are a great way to give your kitchen the look of luxury. Just be sure to get this type of surface sealed; despite it being water and heatproof, marble is a very porous stone that can also be scratched easily.
Pricey but lovely, quartz countertops come in a variety of styles and require no sealant. They are generally easy to maintain and aren’t easily stained, making them a choice pick!
We’ve all heard of stainless steel refrigerators and appliances, but stainless steel can actually be used as countertop surfaces too! This beautiful finish adds a contemporary flair to any kitchen, and is the easiest to wipe down out of all of the kitchen surfaces there are to offer. The cons of stainless steel, however, are that these surface can be easily scratched, and can be expensive to install.
Granite is another high-quality (yet expensive) surface, but is well-worth the money. This surface holds up well to heat, and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Moreover, once treated with sealant these surfaces require little to no maintenance all while providing your kitchen area with a beautiful, high-end look. While granite is often suitable for cutting, keep in mind that this surface tends weakens knives. Granite is also stainable unless treated beforehand.
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