More than almost any other room in the house, the kitchen receives the most traffic and is commonly used as a gathering point. Because of this most homeowners put an emphasis on making their kitchen as attractive as possible, which often includes a functional cabinet layout, attractive flooring, and striking countertops. Achieving a desirable look takes planning, especially with kitchen countertops since homeowners won’t be satisfied until they have found the perfect material, color, and design style to bring everything together.
Affordable and Conventional
Homeowners looking to install new countertops will find there are a handful of materials available to them, and each presents a different stylistic choice as well as degree of installation difficulty. The most common and affordable version is made of laminate, a strong sheet material that can be fabricated in a variety of patterns before being attached to pieces of composite wood. Although this surface is completely smooth, almost any texture can be visually mimicked when using laminate, including everything from wood grains and stone patterns to speckled fibers and porous concrete. Lighter weight and easier to install than other countertop materials, many DIY homeowners can tackle this style without much difficulty.
Natural Stone Counters
The most elegant style of countertop is often considered to be granite, using large slabs cut directly from stones to fit the particular needs of the customer. What makes this stone so unique is that every slab has a different natural color and mineral pattern so homeowners will have a beautifully polished stone countertop that has a look like no other. Since these slabs are composed of solid porous stone, granite counters will need to be cut and installed by a professional and followed by periodic sealings to avert staining.
Fabricated Stone Material
Quartz is another popular countertop material that incorporates additional minerals during the fabrication process to make up the finished slab. This engineering process creates a non-porous slab that does not require a sealant or harbor bacteria and is much more resistant to staining as well as cracking. Additionally, quartz countertops are more uniform in appearance, so owners will have a much more consistent color and design scheme than granite can provide.