Today we move onto our countertop portion of our materials 101 series. If you missed our last lesson covering cabinetry, you can find it here. Cabinets may be the first thing that come to mind when imagining a kitchen remodel, but we can assume countertops are a close second. Countertops are a major part in the overall look of your kitchen. Just like your cabinetry, countertops also have several looks, textures, and colors. We will begin with a lesson over the most common countertops we have to offer. Lets go!
Granite- Out of all the countertop materials out there, granite is probably the most used material. Granite is a natural stone that are sliced from quarries and then polished to give them their shiny look. Granite offers a vast amount of colors, some which are plentiful and some which are exotic.
Quartz- Quartz is one of the hardest materials you can install as a countertop. This material is a man-made product consisting primarily of ground up quartz (which makes it so hard) and formed into slabs. Quartz too, has several color options and style variations.
Marble- Marble gives your space an instant classic look. This material tends to be softer, but with frequent care and maintenance you can maintain the amazing look that the marble gives. Who doesn’t love this look?!
Stainless- A stainless steel countertop is something you would typically see in a commercial kitchen. Well, now you know it can also be used in residential applications! This application allows for a virtually indestructible working surface. Some may think it is too cold and stark, but when paired with warm wood tones it can create the perfect match.
Overall, there are so many different countertop options out there, even ones we haven’t discussed, butcher-block anyone? It’s all about you and how you use your kitchen.