Choosing new countertops is really a matter of personal preference. There are so many beautiful options available today to compliment any decorating style. Some products are nearly maintenance free, while others require more care. Because new countertops are a significant investment that will remain in place for years, homeowners should consider how they live and the amount of upkeep they are willing to do.
Popular Countertop Choices
Granite – Has been a popular choice for years, granite is a natural stone available in a variety of colors. Every slab is unique, and different edge profiles are available. Granite countertops are very hard, resist many types of stains, and are not burned by hot pans. Granite does require periodic sealing to keep it stain resistant.
Quartz – Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world, making manufactured quartz countertops very durable. The non-porous surface doesn’t need to be sealed and resists scratches and stains from coffee, oil, wine, and acidic foods. Quartz has a uniform look and is available in a wide range of colors. It can be damaged by heat and is not recommended for outdoor kitchens, as colors may fade when exposed to direct sun.
Marble – Homeowners looking for an elegant and timeless look may choose marble countertops. Many slabs have beautiful veining. Marble is a porous material that requires more care and maintenance than some other countertop choices. It must be sealed to prevent staining and should be wiped down daily.
Soapstone – Each slab is unique in appearance. Soapstone is heat and stain resistant. The material is dense and does not require the same sealing as granite and marble. The countertops should be wiped every six months with a special mineral oil to enhance the natural darkening process.
Wood – Wood countertops can add warmth to kitchens that would otherwise feel cold and sterile. The color of wood countertops depends on the species of wood that is used. Wood is a gentler surface for dishes and glassware. Some wood may require oiling 2-3 times a year. Damaged and worn surfaces can be professionally sanded and refinished.
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If you are looking for advice and guidance, call Premier Surfaces or fill out our contact form and we’ll be happy to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call, our trained staff are eager to answer any questions you may have about your countertop ideas.