Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018Share
If you are thinking of a kitchen renovation, you are probably including new countertops in your plans. On its own, or as part of a full reno, countertops are a focal point of any kitchen. There are many materials to choose from. Here are 3 of the most popular options and some of the pros and cons that each may offer.
Quartz: Also called engineered stone. Quartz looks like stone, but needs a lot less maintenance. It is available in a wide range of colours and patterns. Since quartz is non-porous, it resists hot pots, knives and stains really well, all while being extremely hygienic.
On the con side, it can chip on the edges.
Granite: This traditional high impact natural stone has a lovely, elegant impact in a home. You can choose a polished glossy finish or a softer looking matte finish. Since it is natural, there is variation in the pattern. Granite resists scratches, cuts and heat well.
Granite requires some upkeep which can be a con for many people. It should typically be resealed annually to help prevent staining. The edges also can chip.
Marble: Classic and timeless, marble is universally considered luxurious and always in style. This smooth, cool surfaced material is hard wearing and water and heat resistant. The grey toned veining in Carrara marble is very popular.
A con for many people is that marble stains very easily as it is porous. You should avoid anything acidic like alcohol or lemon juice coming into contact with it. Marble is a very heavy substance so lower cabinets may need to be reinforced. It also is a high end item with a high end price.
There are many other countertop options that might be of interest, but these are 3 finishes that we see in the majority of homes today. Whatever your choice may be, ensure that this hardworking area of the home suits your style and your needs