Kitchen countertops need to withstand many impacts, including heat from pots, cups, knives, and corrosive cleaners. The ideal worktop should be resistant to heat and the sharp edge of the knife.
Let’s take a look at 7 types of kitchen countertop materials that are most commonly used today:
Granite – A natural stone, granite is chosen by many people because of its classic beauty and durability.
Granite is the hardest and densest of all natural stones. It can create an extremely scratch resistant cooktop and can retain its shine longer than most materials. granite slabs are the most expensive of all kitchen countertop surfaces, although they are still considered a very practical material in that they are virtually indestructible.
Marble – Another natural stone, marble is considered the pinnacle of luxury and will outlast most kitchens. However, it is very expensive and needs to be taken with care: acidic foods like orange juice will attack the finish of the marble kitchen counter.
Slate – Because of its richness and beauty, slate is commonly used in interior applications such as kitchen countertops, bathroom sinks, or fireplace surrounds.
It can be used in modern or traditional kitchens as well as in combination with marble. Slate
is durable, strong and can withstand heavy use.
Concrete – This is one of the biggest trends in kitchen countertops today.
This is a good theme for clean, industrial and modern kitchen designs.
Available in preformed or in situ molded and formed sections.
Concrete is a good material for unusually shaped countertops. Concrete kitchen counters are expensive, need sealants and need to be handled with care. The countertop may crack if the concrete shrinks. Concrete can be dyed any color. The most popular color is natural gray tones. The top layer can be finished as desired.
Corian -A solid surface material that first became popular in the 1990s It is highly recommended by kitchen countertop experts. This is a completely artificial and non-porous product. As a solid surface, it can be easily repaired if scratched or burned.
Stainless Steel – Benefits include being very hygienic, easy to clean, and resistant to abrasion and high temperatures. Stainless steel can give a great look to an ultra-modern kitchen. Some disadvantages of stainless steel are that it can be noisy and can develop scratches.
Tiles – Tile surfaces can be strong, durable, heat resistant, heat and stain resistant, and beautiful. There are many types of tiles, including ceramic, ceramic, quarry, glass, natural stone and mosaic.
Available in many colors, sizes and textures.
It has good design flexibility. Tiles can often be used for cladding or cladding. The disadvantage of tiles is that the joints are easily stained. Plates can also be chipped or cracked.