When it comes to selecting the countertop materials for your kitchen remodel, you may find it be overwhelming. You want countertops that fit your home’s style, your maintenance expectations, and your own personal tastes. Today, we at Future Vision Remodeling would like to discuss fine countertop options.
Engineered Quartz Countertops
Mixed with resins and pigments, quartz is an engineered stone, is a man-made material that is 90-95% crushed natural stone. Being resistant to stains and scratches, this material is tough and nonporous. Having a wide variety of colors and patterns ranging from subtle to bold, engineered quartz requires less maintenance than granite. Quartz has less color variation than a natural stone slab, making it true to color. Engineered quartz is one of the more pricier options than other quartz variations.
Butcher Block Island Countertop
Wood is ideal to complete a farmhouse kitchen. The wood counter surfaces, however, requires proper sealing and quick attention to spills. To minimize maintenance, install a small butcher block area that can be sanded down and refinished if it is damaged during food prep. Avoid subjecting the wood counters directly around the sink, and consider it more for a raised breakfast bar on the island or a butler’s pantry counter that are finished more like fine furniture.
Black Soapstone Countertop Colors
Being impervious to heat, stains and bacteria, soapstone is a very dense natural stone that does have limited colors; however, it is conveniently available in medium-to-dark gray, which is perfect for modern kitchen design trends. With a more expensive option, the investment will last homeowners years.
Granite, for many homeowners, is the first and only choice for their kitchen surfaces because it is a very durable and beautiful material. The natural stone color and pattern will not be uniform from slab to slab or even within a single slab is adored by many. Granite selection is important to ensure the slab positioning on the counter in order to emphasize vein pattern and coloration that you expect. Also, depending on factors like the stone’s origin and color, the cost per square foot of granite can vary greatly.
Marble is an elegant, yet timeless option. You need to be prepared to maintain it carefully and seal it regularly should you select this luxury option. It can stain and scratch easily since it is a softer stone. Homeowners who love to bake often use it for a small baking station since marble is a cool surface, beneficial for pastry-making.
Unique Countertop Materials
More unique countertop options, that require a little more maintenance include the following selections below.
Stainless Steel. Though it can be a little bit of an eyesore from the scratches and fingerprints, stainless steel is ideal for a professional chef’s hardworking kitchen and is heat resistant.
Concrete. With an industrial vibe, concrete is customizable. To avoid it from staining, concrete needs to be properly sealed, and though it is extremely durable, they can develop hairline cracks.
Recycled Glass. Mixed with concrete and pigment and made from post-consumer recycled glass, glass countertops are an eco-friendly counter material. You will need to be cautious with knives and harsh abrasives which can damage the surface. The glass is colorful and durable; however, you will need to keep it sealed.