When it comes to kitchen renovations, the choice of countertops is among the most important decisions because it will have a huge impact on style and functionality. Here we look at the many types of kitchen countertops available.
Marbleis a beautiful natural stone that is commonly used as a kitchen countertop. This is a very expensive material which is therefore usually only seen in very high-end properties. Because of this, marble countertops have become synonymous with luxury and elegance. The high price of marble countertops means that it is outside of many peoples budgets; however, some people choose to have just a small amount of marble countertop in their kitchen, for example, on an island or an area which is used for baking and then have the remainder of the kitchen fitted with a more cost-effective type of countertop.
Marble is known for being an excellent surface to prepare baked goods on, as it absorbs heat much better than other types of countertop surface. This makes it ideal for rolling out pastry or dough on, as they should be kept as cool as possible before cooking to achieve the best results. It is also good for helping chocolate to cool more quickly.
Marble is surprisingly quite a delicate material that is prone to stains and scratches. You will need to wipe it down after every use because spills from regular foods such as fruit juice, vinegar, or wine can leave permanent marks on the countertop. It is best practice to always use a chopping board and trivet to prepare food on a marble countertop to avoid scratching, staining and dulling.
If you are enthusiastic and capable when it comes to DIY, marble is not a type of countertop that you will be able to install yourself. This is because special tools are required to make joins on the worktop, so if you are looking to save money and install a kitchen countertop yourself, then you would need to choose a different material to use.
- Luxury look
- Unique pattern
- Heat absorbent for baking
- Adds value to the property
- Porous, therefore, stains easily
- Can be scratched
- Repairs are difficult
Granite is a natural stone that is ideal for use as a kitchen countertop because it is extremely heat resistant and incredibly strong. Unlike marble countertops, you can prepare food on a granite countertop without a chopping board because the surface will not suffer any scratches from knives or stains from food. You also won’t need to use trivets and can instead put hot pans or baking trays directly onto the granite countertop because it cannot be damaged by heat.
This is great if you’re someone who doesn’t like to have clutter on top of your countertop, and it also means you can appreciate the full beauty of the granite without having chopping boards that hide it. Bear in mind, though, that sharp knives will quickly become dull when used for chopping on a granite surface. Granite is very durable, which is the primary quality that most people want in a countertop.
相比之下,大理石,花崗岩是mainte低很多nance. Granite is a porous material, but if sealed with a professional sealer before use, you may never need to seal it again. However, you can reapply sealant every few years if you prefer to err on the side of caution. Another benefit of granite is that it is available in so many color options, so you can guarantee you will always find one which is suitable for your color scheme and style. Some suppliers boast several hundred different colorways in granite countertops.
Undoubtedly the biggest drawback of granite countertops is that they are so expensive. However, they do hold their value and are a very sought-after component in kitchens when people are looking at buying a new property. Despite being among the most costly types of countertop, granite countertops have come down significantly in price over the last few years as demand has gone up, and therefore more suppliers have joined the marketplace trying to offer the best price.
Granite is a luxury type of kitchen countertop which is both functional and beautiful, and thanks to how durable it is, it will stand the test of time. Compared to less durable countertops, some people believe granite is a good value for money because it will not need to be replaced for many years and therefore is a good long-term investment.
- Wide color variety
- Heat resistant
- Luxury factor
- Adds value to the property
- Dulls knives
石英countertops are not slabs that have been quarried like marble or granite, but instead, they are a type of engineered stone. They comprise around 90% quartz particles, with the remaining 10% being made up of other minerals and resin. Quartz is an excellent alternative option to granite and marble for several reasons.
It is incredibly durable and non-porous, which means it will not stain or scratch and does not need to be sealed. This makes it significantly lower maintenance than some similar natural stones. Quartz is also a more environmentally friendly option than natural stone because it makes use of waste materials.
石英countertops are especially popular in more modern style kitchens because they have a sleek and contemporary look to them, compared to the more natural effect you can achieve with granite and marble. However, they are more functional than natural stone in many ways because they don’t need to be sealed and yet are completely waterproof. They are also resistant to heat, and therefore food can be prepared directly on the countertop without the need for chopping boards and trivets.
- Scratch and stain-resistant
- 隔熱and waterproof
- Wide selection of colors and styles
- DIY installation possible
- Modern luxury look
- Use some waste products
木製廚房台麵是一個受歡迎的選擇s because they provide a warm and homely look and offer good value for money. While wood countertops are not the most inexpensive type of countertop available, they are considerably more affordable than natural stone and engineered stone countertops. One of the great things about wooden worktops is that they can be sanded down and re-stained or oiled if they suffer from an accident, such as a child drawing on them.
With wooden countertops, you’ll need to be careful if you want to keep them in good condition. You cannot put hot pans down directly onto the wood, and you cannot chop food directly on them. Instead, make sure you always have trivets and chopping boards to hand. Wooden countertops need regular maintenance in the form of oiling. Linseed oils are a popular choice, which helps to make the wood water resistant and prevent cracking.
If you are a fan of a more natural-looking worktop, then wood is an excellent choice. If treated properly, wood looks even better over time and gains more character as it ages. It is naturally antibacterial; however, germs and bacteria can become a problem if the wood is not properly cleaned and looked after.
Fortunately, wooden worktops are easy to keep clean with a damp cloth and some antibacterial surface cleaner or a mix of dish soap and water. Wooden countertops come in a variety of wood types, usually hardwoods, so you can choose a color of wood with the right tones to suit your kitchen. Popular types of wooden countertops include oak and maple, or if you prefer a more sustainable option, then bamboo worktops are also available.
- It can be sanded back if damaged
- Naturally resistant to bacteria
- It can be scratched and stained
- Needs regular oiling
Glass is one of the lesser-used materials for kitchen countertops; however, it is gradually gaining in popularity. Glass countertops are durable, as well as waterproof, and resistant to staining. They are low maintenance and do not need to be sealed or undergo any regular treatments, making them an ideal choice for busy families.
One of the reasons many people choose a glass countertop is because it can be personalized or customized with your chosen colors or even images. You can have objects such as beads, shells, or glitter fitted beneath the glass to make for a more interesting surface. Glass countertops are very hygienic and can be cleaned easily.
You should not leave a harsh chemical cleaner sitting on the glass for an extended timeframe, but otherwise, they are suitable for any type of regular kitchen surface cleaners. Many people are surprised to find that glass worktops are very strong; however, if you were to drop a heavy item on a glass countertop, then it would be at risk of cracking, so you’ll need to take care. Glass countertops are among some of the most expensive types of countertops you can get, which may be why they are less popular than granite or marble.
- Stain-resistant and water-resistant
- May crack
Concrete countertops have emerged as an alternative to other solid surface countertops in recent years. They are a good choice in kitchens that are an irregular shape because they can be formed in any shape and size. Due to the weight of concrete countertops, they are usually formed in situ and therefore require professional installation.
- Easy to clean
- Industrial style
- DIY options
- Needs regular sealing
One disadvantage of stainless steel countertops is the high price. They can also be noisy, with lots of clattering noises which may become annoying to you or other members of the household. Stainless steel countertops will also suffer from scratches over time, no matter how careful you are. They can also become dented if you drop anything on them or accidentally bash them.
- Easy to clean
- Industrial style
- Can suffer dents and scratches
They may also suffer scratching from knives or sharp objects. Damage is difficult, if not impossible, to fix. Many laminate countertops are heat resistant, though it is recommended to use a trivet. These surfaces do not require any maintenance and are easy to clean. They are available in a huge selection of colors, patterns, and styles. They may put off future home buyers because they are regarded as a ‘budget option.’
- Wide variety
- Heat resistant
- Damage is usually irreversible
Solid surface countertops are mid-range when it comes to price and perception. They come under brand names such as Corian, Swanstone, and Avonite and are engineered from acrylic and plastic particles and resin. They are incredibly durable, waterproof, and resistant to staining; however, they are not heat resistant. They will show scratches and scuffs; however, these can be sanded out.
Solid surface countertops are more affordable than natural stone options, but they will not add as much value to a home because they are less sought after. They have a sleek look which works well in modern kitchens.
- Modern style
Must be professionally installed