Your countertops play a huge role in what the overall interior of your home looks like. Many people model the rest of their homes after their kitchen. There are many different types of countertops that will make your kitchen more appealing…or not. Here are a few and pros and cons for some.
It’s no secret that marble is the trend that keeps on giving. This modern, chic look has found its way into all aspects of interior design. Your countertops can be marble too, but they may require more maintenance than your average finish. Marble is prone to chipping and needs to be resealed every six months for everyday use.
One of the biggest debates in countertop finishes is whether to commit to granite or not. It’s not the easiest substance to work with. One of the main cons being its susceptibility to absorbing liquids if poorly sealed. However, granite will resist heat and gives your kitchen a high-quality look.
Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite but have the added benefit of being more flexible making them less likely to chip or crack. Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing – ever. This stone offer a pretty much maintenance free kitchen work surface, however quartz will not withstand heat well and a hot pot can lead to discoloration so be careful when sitting hot things on quartz.
Another finish you don’t have to be concerned about sealing is stainless steel, which can help your space achieve a trendy industrial aesthetic. This finish does tend to show smudges, and can be expensive but it tends to be more low-maintenance than its counterparts.
This trendy finish is all the rage, but I’m not sure if it is totally worth it. Similar to granite, this is a porous substance, which means it can show liquid stains and scratches if not sealed correctly or if not taken care of when sealed. But most countertops require maintenance and if you like the total industrial, elegant look concrete gives off, this might be for you!
Butcher block seems to be making an appearance again, probably because of its rustic appearance and low cost. Some say that you do not need to use a cutting board on butcher block. It is naturally anti-bacteria, strong and is eco-friendly. With or without scratches, it does require periodic sanding and oiling to protect the wood. Hot pots and pans will mark butcher block and it is not completely water resistant.
See you next time in the kitchen!