What is the right countertop material for your kitchen?
When designing or remodeling your dream kitchen, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of decisions you must make. These individual decisions all impact each other and can ultimately make the entire process overwhelming!
Many find it easy to start the kitchen design process with countertop selection, but unfortunately that can raise even more questions! What material interests you? What is the best material for your lifestyle? Do you need an easy-to-maintain stain-resistant surface? What kind of designs are you loving? What is your style type? The questions seem endless and essentially the primary question is this: what material is going to give you the best balance between beauty, style and maintenance?
You are in luck! Construction Resources offers a vast range of countertop options including natural stone, quartz, porcelain, etc. in our Atlanta Design Showrooms. The industry professionals at CR will be able to walk you through the durability and maintenance of each product while keeping your aesthetic and style in mind. The Design Consultants and Project Managers have ironed out the differences of each surface and will be able to give you knowledgeable answers and advice.
Granite has been the number one kitchen countertop option for homeowners for several years. While it has more competition than in the past, granite remains to be a top choice among homeowners because of its natural composition, exquisite looks, and designs that cannot be replicated. Each slab appears to be different than the next, making every piece one of a kind.
Granite is a hard, unique natural surface that can withstand heat, making it very appealing to busy families for their day to day interactions. While it does not chip or scratch easily, if nicked just right there is the possibility of etching or other damage. To keep your granite tops in the best condition it is recommended to seal it yearly, depending on frequency of use.
The cost of granite can range by country of origin, slab size and rarity.
Quartz is a man-made, extremely durable, low-maintenance, tough surface option. Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz countertops are non-porous (meaning it will not stain or scratch and does not require sealant). However durable, it is not completely resistant to heat and can be damaged if boiling pots or pans are placed directly on the surface. Always remember to be aware of the temperature and protect your surfaces while cooking or entertaining!
Quartz countertops can mimic the look of almost any design including various natural textures and patterns. Slabs come in a variety of different color variations and thickness, making them a beautiful option for any style home.
Ultra Compact/ Porcelain countertops
Porcelain is a manufactured material that is made up of ceramic clay that contains various minerals such as kaolinite and silica. Similarly, ultra-compact surfaces are composed of raw materials that include marble, quartz, porcelain and glass. Both surfaces are one of, if not the most durable countertop in the market today. Porcelain surfaces are resistant to heat, scratching, stains and are UV resistant. These tops can be in direct sunlight without fade or sun damage, making them perfect for an outdoor space.
Another reason why porcelain has become a top choice for homeowners in recent months is due to its ability to fight against bacteria and unwanted germs. As a non-porous material, porcelain will not absorb leftover foods or liquids, making it a highly hygienic surface that will leave you feeling confident about your clean kitchen counters.
To keep a cohesive look throughout your home, consider using porcelain for both indoor and outdoor applications. Designs are offered in a wide range of colors and patters and can even replicate textures of other popular materials like concrete, marble and wood.
Solid surface countertops are a non-porous, low maintenance material that is made up of alumina trihydrate, acrylic, epoxy or polyester resins and pigments. It is an affordable countertop option that provides a seamless look and feel.
Although it may lack the depth of detail that natural stone portrays, solid surface countertops can mimic the appearance of granite, marble and other naturally made materials.
Marble is a soft, natural stone that offers a timeless appeal with its delicate detailing and sophisticated hues. Available in both a polished and honed finish, marble countertops are often a homeowner’s desired choice while trying to achieve a high end look.
Marble countertops are a tedious surface for your kitchen or bath, as they are soft and susceptible to damages including stains, scratches, and heat. In order to maintain these tops, it is highly recommended to seal the surface yearly and continue daily care by cleaning with soap and water.
A butcher block style countertop can bring a warm, cottage style look to any home! When properly sealed, wood countertops are ideal for food prep because they do not harbor any unwanted bacteria on the surface.
There are many species of wood including teak, acacia, cherry and American walnut that can accommodate various looks and feels for your surface. Wood countertops are also commonly used alongside other countertop surfaces as a complementary asset to enhance the other designs in the room. Incorporating wood tops in an all-white kitchen can help bring warmth while providing contrasting colors and textures.