The type of countertop that you decide to put in will set the tone for your whole kitchen. It is one of the more important decisions that you will make when building or remodeling your kitchen. This guide is here to help to define all the options that you have, the benefits associated with each, and some of the drawbacks of certain countertops.
The goal at Naffco in Brandon, Florida is to help you design your interior in a way that suits your needs. This list of the 8 options for should help to narrow down the sorts of material that will be appropriate for your countertops. If you have more questions about any countertop material mentioned, you can find more details and contact information on our site.
Natural Stone (Granite, Soapstone, Slate)
Natural stone, especially granite, have been graining a lot of popularity in recent years. It is incredibly durable and available in a number of colors and style. While soapstone and slate are limited to more natural colors, natural stone is very stylistic and appealing for a timeless look.
Marble is an elegant and timeless addition to any kitchen. While it is less durable than granite, it visually appealing and is a great complement to a vast number of kitchen styles, but especially kitchens where white is a prominent color.
Quartz is a great option if you’re looking for durability and customization. Because quartz countertops are manufactured from bits of various quartz stones, it is possible to engineer exactly the countertop that you want. These countertops have the elegance and style of a granite counter but with so many more options in terms of color and style.
Wood countertops are a wonderful option for the more industrious and practical kitchen. Wood countertops made of more dense woods can eliminate the need of a cutting board even, making prep and clean up much easier. Recently there have been rumors about wood countertops being home to many germs but this is unfounded. The downside to wood countertops is that they require a good amount of maintenance, be it refinishing every few years or oiling the countertop weekly to keep it in good condition. Wood countertops are still a timeless and industrious option.
Stainless steel is a great option that is often used in industrial and professional kitchens. They are extremely functional because they are resistant to heat and to stains. It is also easy for cleanup and requires little to no maintenance. However, a stainless steel countertop will show scratches and fingerprints making it less aesthetically pleasing than other options.
While copper is not used very often for countertops, it adds a lovely a unique dynamic to a kitchen. While there is no real downside to this material, if you are looking for a stylistic kitchen that is different from anything anyone has, copper countertops are worth looking into more.
Concrete countertops are making a stronger presence in the market and are an extremely durable and artsy looking option. Concrete countertops are manufactured prior to installation, guaranteeing a smooth and finished looking product. This is a great option if you’re looking for customized color too, because a color can be mixed into the cement before it is poured.
A solid surface countertop is made from acrylic, polyester or some sort of combination of these. This option provides a wide variety of customization because they can be made to look like any of the other countertop options. This option is also resistant to stains and scratches, making it easy to clean and maintain.