10 Popular Materials for Kitchen Countertops
It can get overwhelming when you start looking at all the different materials used for kitchen countertops in your home. Picking the right one can feel like a daunting task because the material will influence the rest of the kitchen's aesthetic, so you want something that not only looks good but is durable and works with your budget.
So TLC Remodeling has gathered some of the most popular kitchen countertop materials available on the market to find which will work best for your needs.
Soapstone is made from mineral talc, which can mimic the feeling of the smoothness of soap. The colors can range from medium gray to green; they will turn to a deeper charcoal color over time. It is a popular choice in laboratories because it is resistant to hazards like bacteria and chemicals, making it an ideal addition to any kitchen.
Any home remodeling project you choose will involve picking materials that reflect your style, and when it comes to your countertops, granite has become a popular option due to its aesthetics.
It is also a natural stone, so every piece has a unique pattern and shading with blue and gray hues. It's also one of the most durable options out there; once it has been sealed properly, it can start as low as $50 per square foot and up, depending on the slab and the level of installation difficulty.
3. Butcher Block
Butcher block and wood countertops offer any kitchen space a warm and earthy aesthetic. This option is easy to maintain, can be used as a cutting board, comes in many different textures and wood grains, and compliments almost any backsplash style.
One of the more unique options on the market is choosing copper. One thing that makes it great is that it is easy to clean and will tarnish as it oxidizes, giving it a truly unique aesthetic. Some copper has antimicrobial properties, which can contribute to a more sanitary option, and it's a green choice because it can be recycled and salvaged from scrap yards.
Tile offers an old-world charm or exudes luxury depending on the cut and the type of tiles you choose. They are one of the more affordable choices, stand up well against heat, and have easy clean-up and durability that can last decades.
6. Plastic Laminate
Plastic laminate is still popular due to its affordability and maintenance-free design. They come in many patterns and colors and are considered one of the other green options available because they use very few resources during manufacturing.
In addition, long-term care is minimal as long as the main topcoat that protects the materials underneath is sealed and cared for properly.
Quartz is an engineered stone that provides the look of natural stone but needs a more affordable option. It's made from around 90% quartz particles and mixed with other minerals to increase its durability and stain resistance.
It comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors to keep your favorite style, and at the same time, it's also easy to maintain and resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew.
While ceramic has been more commonly used in bathrooms, it can be a great addition to any kitchen space. It's resistant to heat, durable, comes in a large variety of colors and patterns, and is considered one of the more affordable choices on the market.
If you're looking for an attractive aesthetic, marble delivers. It comes in three forms, tiles, modular, and slabs, and has unique veining, so every countertop is different. It's a softer stone, making it susceptible to scratching, so it is recommended that it's properly sealed and has regular upkeep.
10. Stainless Steel
Long gone are the days of stainless steel only being used in commercial spaces, and now individuals are including it in their homes. In most cases, the material is custom fabricated and offers higher level germ resistance, making it an excellent addition for busy households or if you desire a commercial kitchen style ambiance.
Its aesthetics are also versatile, and while it works well in a contemporary setting, with the right color coordination, it can be a great addition to any space.
TLC Remodeling, Your Experts in Design
These are just a few of the material options available for your kitchen countertop, and if you are looking for expert assistance with the process, TLC Remodeling is here! We are a family-owned and operated company in Minnesota offering multiple services, including home additions and kitchen remodeling, that our clients are raving about.
Let's elevate your kitchen countertops to the next level with new and stunning materials; contact us online or call at 763-241-8871 today.