8 Common Materials for Countertops in Tampa Homes
Countertops are one of the signature components of any kitchen, and one that often sets the tone for style and design choices. When shopping for new countertops, Tampa homeowners have many options to choose from. While color and texture play big roles in the visual design of a countertop, different countertop materials also affect how much maintenance your kitchen will need to maintain a fresh look.
Natural Stone (Granite, Soapstone, Slate)
Natural stone countertops such as granite, soapstone and slate has become increasingly popular over the years. Granite comes in a wide variety of color options, while slate and soapstone are slightly more limited in their color choices. All three options provide incredibly durable and stylish countertops.
Marble countertops give your kitchen and instantly classic appeal. While not as durable as granite, the patina in marble gives a distinct visual quality to it surfaces that Will complement the look of most kitchens, especially those with a lot of white.
While quartz is a natural material, quartz countertops are engineered. The countertops are made by combining ground quarts pigments and resin to create a durable, non-porous material. The pigments allow for a wide variety of colors, allowing you to find the perfect countertop color for your kitchen.
Wood countertops are not as popular as they once were due to popular (and incorrect) assumptions that wood harbors bacteria and germs. Wood countertops are still a feasible and safe option, and a dense wood countertop can withstand cutting and chopping without a cutting board. However, maintaining wood counter surfaces can be laborious. Whether retreating with polyurethane every few years or retreating with mineral oil every few weeks, wooden countertops can be the hardest option to maintain.
Stainless steel is easy to maintain and resistant to heat and (as the name implies) stains. These qualities make stainless steel countertops and easy favorite for professional chefs who opt for function over form. Stainless steel countertops are often more fordable than stone, however it is worth noting that stainless steel will show scratches and fingerprints very easily, so if you prefer a spotless looking kitchen, stainless steel may not be the best choice.
Copper is not exactly a common choice for countertop surface, however it can create a distinct and unique look. It is very easy to clean and maintain, and if you enjoy the visual variety of copper patina, it will provide your kitchen with a visual style that few other kitchens can match.
Today’s concrete countertops are precast, cured and finished before arriving for installation, ensuring a perfectly smooth, even and flat counter surface that emulates the look of natural stone. The concrete can be mixed with pigments to provide variation in color.
Highly resistant to stains and scratches, solid surface countertops are usually made of acrylic, polyester or a combination of the two. Solid surface countertops at me like the look of many different materials (including many stone patterns) and in a staggeringly wide variety of colors.