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Artisan Countertop Types for Kitchen Design

Your kitchen is arguably one of the most important rooms in the house. When it comes to renovations the most commonly renovated room in the house is the kitchen. A lot of people end up buying homes because of the beauty of the kitchen as well. Kitchens are an amazing place to cook up amazing meals and connect with your family, for this reason people end up spending a ton of time in their kitchens.

It’s important to pick out the correct countertop for your kitchen’s renovation. The aesthetic appeal of your kitchen depends upon your countertops integrating seamlessly with your appliances and other kitchen elements. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the most common kitchen countertop choices, and benefits of each style.

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

Quartz is one of our favourite types of countertop.  It has a very similar surface to both granite and marble as well as a similar price and the same level of finish. However, Quartz differentiates itself in that it has a much finer surface, so it ends up preventing bacteria growth, making it ideal for kitchens.

GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Granite is beautiful, and its uniqueness makes it one of a kind. It’s very long lasting, and can handle most spills and drops. However, granite must also be sealed every couple of years to avoid it being stained.

Granite is also very heavy and requires heavy-duty cabinetry to support the weight of the stone.

MARBLE SURFACES

Marble looks and feels very glamorous. It’s a great choice for more traditional homes, and can give your kitchen an added touch of elegance. Marble can be a great choice for bakers, as the marble will stand up incredibly well to heat. However, even with sealing it can be very susceptible to stains.

TILE

Tile is fairly inexpensive compared to the other countertop materials on this list. It also gives you near limitless choices for your arrangement and colour scheme. Tile also works with most kitchen styles.

Tile can also be fairly easy to replace. However, since the surface is uneven it can be more difficult to use the surface to cut. The gaps between the tiles also allow moisture to build-up and bacteria to grow.

CONCRETE

We’re seeing the use of concrete grow across a multitude of kitchen styles. Concrete is slightly edgier than other choices, but it’s very versatile and can be used to fit into any space. It’s very heavy duty, but it still needs to be sealed frequently to avoid staining.

SOLID SURFACING

Solid surfacing is usually made from acrylic and polyester. Its popularity has grown over the years, mostly due to its maintenance-free nature, which doesn’t require any special sealing or cleaning.

It’s not quite as resilient as other stones, when it comes to heat and sharp edges. However, there are extensive color options, which can integrate into a wide array of kitchen types.

Whichever countertop style you end up going with it can be helpful to work with a kitchen remodel expert, as they’ll be able to recommend the right option for your design and cooking needs.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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