Kitchen countertops bear the brunt of a lot of messes, scrapes, and chips. For that reason, the materials for countertops have to be durable and strong to withstand high heat, sharp objects, and spilling. In addition, some countertops just appeal more because of how they look and blend with the rest of the home. Granite countertops are a desirable feature simply because of its attractive and durable qualities. Others would choose marble, but in some cases, this is actually not a good idea for kitchen countertops, and these comparisons can show you why and what countertops to install for a remodel project.
Granite features are one of the biggest selling points for home buyers. Granite countertops just add a nice finish to any kitchen or bathroom area. Prized mostly because of this attractive look, granite countertops are also incredibly durable and scratch resistant. Granite also comes in a variety of different colors and finishes, from matte to glossy. Grease-proof and water-proof coatings also are sold with granite to ensure a better kitchen experience, allowing these surfaces to withstand high impact damage, spill stains and scratching.
Another choice for homeowners is tile. Ceramic and porcelain tile are a common type of countertop material. Since porcelain tiles are heated at higher temperatures, they have more ability to resist stains and water damage. However, each are similar in durable qualities and installation. You can find that tile chips easier than other materials and also require grout installation. Grout is very easy to stain, collect mildew and can be a pain to clean. However, tile provides colorful options for kitchen countertops and can even lead to some unique designs.
Laminate provides an affordable alternative to other types of countertops. Made from thick particle board covered in wear resistant laminate sheets, it can come in a variety of different colors and finishes, even taking on the look of granite and tile. Laminates are comprised of resins and plastics. Laminate countertops usually come already made, ready-to-install, which makes them rather easy for a homeowner who likes DIY. While laminate can resist most impact damage, it's prone to scratching and discoloration.
A more modern look for kitchens is that of stainless steel. In many cases stainless steel is used for a backsplash but can also provide a rather durable and resistant surface for the kitchen. Usually made with a backsplash and lip, stainless steel countertops can be very pricy, depending on the thickness of the material. Resistant to water damage, stains and temperatures, it's a perfect solution for a cook who likes a no-nonsense clean up and maintenance plan.