Whether you’re doing a full-fledged kitchen remodel or just a simple partial kitchen renovation, the countertops are an important part of your design. There are many potential kitchen countertop options, and the number of choices can be daunting. Here’s a rundown of several popular options with some of the pros and cons for each material.
Granite’s beautiful mottling and earthy tones are elegant and make each slab unique. Granite countertops are also very durable, and resistant to everyday wear-and-tear. However, granite is one of the more expensive kitchen countertop options, and will also need to be resealed periodically.
Solid Surfacing or Corian
Solid surfacing is principally made of acrylic and polyester. It was originally marketed as Corian, so is sometimes generically referred to as such. Solid surfacing can be more susceptible to knife marks, scrapes and burns than some other options, but these blemishes can also be sanded out. However, solid surfacing is synthetic so can have an artificial feel, but is still fairly pricey, so some homeowners steer clear of it for these reasons.
Ceramic and porcelain tile offer many options for color and design, and are more modestly priced than some options. It’s also very durable, and any chipped tiles can easily be replaced individually. However, unsealed grout is susceptible to staining and bacterial growth, and the uneven surface can make it difficult to balance a cutting board or use a rolling pin.
Laminate consists of a paper/resin blend fused to particleboard . It is one of the most popular countertop options, and comes in many designs and colors. Laminate is inexpensive, so if kitchen renovation cost is a concern, this could be a good option. It’s also extremely low maintenance. However, laminate is also more prone to scratching than some other options, and can warp if it isn’t properly installed.
Ultimately, the right choice for your kitchen depends upon your practical needs, décor, budget and personal taste. If you’re a little overwhelmed or need help with the installation, seek the help of an experienced kitchen renovation contractor. For kitchen renovation Toronto homeowners have many well-qualified professionals available.
If you’re currently in the market for new kitchen countertops or are the proud owner of a newly remodeled kitchen, we’d love to hear your thoughts on kitchen countertops or other kitchen remodeling ideas in the comment section.