March 30, 2023

The best countertop materials for your kitchen

A kitchen is more than a place where we spend lots of time on daily tasks. It’s where we create, unwind, socialize and sometimes even work. What better reason to pull it all together with some trendy, attractive and durable components?

Wood kitchen countertop

Selecting a kitchen countertop material can be daunting when you want a good balance between form and function. To help you choose, here are the best kitchen countertop materials around.

Marble countertops

Are you out to impress your guests? Then you can’t go wrong with marble. Marble is a natural material of great beauty and each piece is unique. However, marble is also porous and not always the best choice for families with young children. It can stain more easily than some of the artificial alternatives, especially in contact with acidic foods like fruit or red wine. Considering that it’s a fairly expensive material, it might not be right for every budget. Luckily, there are ways to get that marble look for less.

Quartz countertops

Quartz is an extremely popular, artificial composite prized for its beauty and durability. It’s a great option for anyone looking for a worktop that resists stains, heat and scratches, and adds a touch of personality thanks to the many finishes that companies are now offering to meet market needs. These features make it an excellent choice for a kitchen island.

Wood countertops

A wood countertop can add warmth and texture to what is essentially a functional space. A well-maintained wood surface becomes more beautiful and gains more character as it ages. However, wooden countertops need to be oiled when first installed and then regularly over time or they could dry out and become more permeable to stains. Proper maintenance is therefore a must.

Laminate countertops

Laminate countertops vary in their finishes and quality. Traditional laminate countertops often look like plastic. However, many fine-quality, low-sheen and realistic-looking alternatives have hit the market in recent years. They offer a hard-wearing kitchen countertop with all the flair of the latest design trends.

Ceramic countertops

Ceramic countertops have been a familiar part of kitchens for a long time. Commonly valued for their low cost, ceramic tile countertops also have disadvantages. For one thing, they are not always as long-lasting or easy to clean as other materials.

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