ProSource | 11/3/2015 | Expert Advice
Just like baking a cake, the ingredients in your countertop make all the difference. The right minerals will determine how low maintenance and long lasting your kitchen countertop will be. As you begin your search for the perfect countertop, consider the most important characteristics of each material and the value of the mineral that makes it worth its weight.
Concrete countertops have become very popular for its strength and style. Unlike many other materials, its appearance improves with age. It’s also energy efficient – when the temperature in your home rises, concrete captures the heat and then releases it when your home cools down.
Another popular material, butcher block is ideal for food prep in that it’s a sanitary surface (when properly sealed) even for handling raw meat. It’s highly heat resistant and comes with a friendly price tag. Popular as a kitchen island surface, butcher block mixes well with almost any other color or finish. Some maintenance is required though, so this is not the perfect choice for those who prefer super low maintenance materials.
Cork is a sustainable material that is both dense and sturdy. It’s resistant to heat and water and has anti-bacterial properties that make it an ideal countertop. It’s grown in popularity, especially due to its sustainability and versatility.
Perfect for a contemporary design aesthetic, stainless steel coordinates with any color and is extremely low maintenance. Because it naturally inhibits bacterial buildup, stainless steel is the most hygienic countertop you can buy.
Not only are quartz countertops easy to maintain, its stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistance make it highly durable and give it a long lifespan. These characteristics, along with a wide color and pattern choice availability, make it one of the most popular types of countertops.
The design elements of marble countertops are timeless, and can instantly elevate the look of any kitchen. While its veining does help to hide light stains and wear, marble has a porous surface that can cause a problem with stains. Some maintenance is required to keep it looking its best.
Traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen's value while providing a durable prep surface. Because granite is a natural material, variation in the stone's pattern is common and, for most people, adds to its appeal, but it can make matching up slabs tricky.
Soapstone is quarried much like granite; it’s sturdy and gets more attractive with age. Soapstone is extremely durable and naturally antibacterial, both of which make it ideal as a countertop option. It isn’t prone to burning or staining and is very low maintenance. For these reasons, many homeowners choose soapstone for more than countertops – the natural mineral makes a great backsplash, too.
Slate may be one of the best-kept secrets in countertops. Not only is it highly durable and versatile, slate’s non-porous surface makes it very low maintenance, antibacterial and resistant to stains. It also won’t chip or scratch easily and stands up well to heat. Slate countertops are a perfect surface for the kitchen and bathroom, and also works well on backsplashes and sinks.
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