When we choose the kitchen countertop material, the appearance is certainly important, but the durability, maintainability, and cost of the material are also important factors that need to be considered when choosing the kitchen renovation.
Here are some commonly used countertop materials:
Granite, the top choice in countertops, is available in a variety of shades such as blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish results in a shiny look and often darkens the appearance of the stone, while honing is soft and matte. Costs for granite depend on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone.
Engineered stone countertops come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable and are a cinch to maintain.
Marble is softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care.
Laminate is the most affordable countertop material on the market and comes in an array of colors and designs. Laminate can scorch if a hot pan touches the surface and has a reputation for scratching easily.
On the edge
Square edges are standard on most countertops, but decorative edges like radius, bullnose, bevel, egg and ogee — while a bit more expensive — are another way to customize a kitchen. Availability of edges varies based on countertop materials.