The 'what', 'why' & 'how's For Popular Kitchen Countertop Choices
Selecting a countertop surface material for your lifestyle is the first step to a functional kitchen. Your counters are, after all, where the cooking actually happens. Aside from this, countertops take up a lot of visual real estate and therefore the materials you choose will be as much for utility as for style.
That said, choosing the right countertop can be tricky. Between natural, engineered, and man-made materials and the color options with each, there's a lot to learn.
We've prepared a quick list of the most popular countertops used in kitchen designs of 2021.
Non-absorbent and thermal shock resistant, stain resistant, easy maintenance and durable and available in various colors and textures. Popular choice for outdoors.
Quartz CountertopsDemands very low maintenance as a work surface. Engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant. Quartz worktops are available in a wide array of colors and patterns.
Wood CountertopsDepending on the type of wood, these countertops can be sanitary and are heat resistant. However, you have to be mindful about water spills and regular maintenance to keep the work surfaces looking smart.
Granite CountertopsProvides a durable prep surface. Generally, the cost of granite is comparable to that of quartz but requires more care than manufactured quartz— stains should be wiped quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda, and follow an annual sealing routine.
Laminate CountertopsA pocket-friendly work surface option, laminate countertops are gaining popularity due to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz. These countertops will not stain, however they are not water resistant or scratch resistant.
The high-end expensive worktop choice. When compared to Quartz or even Granite, marble is porous and therefore can stain easily and is not scratch-proof. Regular sealing and care is required to maintain the smooth and sleek textures.
- Hozefa Poonawala