Whether you enjoy the thrill of entertaining or simply want to add class and sophistication to your home, new countertops may be the solution. Though tempting to choose a countertop based on appearances alone, it’s also imperative to consider several other qualities, including cost, maintenance and durability. The home design experts at Premier Surfaces can explain the benefits of the most popular kitchen countertop materials and help you choose the best one for your household. Here’s an overview.
Once considered exclusive to high-end homes, granite is now the most common choice for natural stone countertop materials. It comes in a wide array of colors ranging from deep red to mottled white. Since it is a natural material, there are variations in the stone’s pattern. Cut into long, thick slabs, granite requires few seams, if any. It requires more care than other materials, so it’s important to use a stone cleaner rather than abrasive sponge to wipe up spills. Liquids, such as acid, wine, soda and oil, need to be taken care of immediately, and it’s helpful to maintain a regular sealing routine annually.
Available in far fewer colors than granite, slate is nonporous and requires minimal maintenance. It has a soft, matte sheen, and scratches can be repaired with steel wool. To create a wet look, rub slate with lemon oil.
For a cottage ambiance, butcher-block-style wood is a solid option. So long as its properly sealed, it is sanitary and budget-friendly. More, it is heat-resistant unlike other inexpensive options, so there’s no need to worry about placing your hot dishes on the counters. Wood maintenance can be a challenge. Although polyurethane seals offer long-standing protection, many homeowners prefer to use a less glossy mineral oil finish to keep the material’s natural beauty and warmth. This requires reapplication every month to six weeks. You can also use a marine oil finish.
There are countless other options for furnishing your kitchen countertops. Visit Premier Surfaces for your next remodeling project. We service the Atlanta, Chattanooga and Birmingham areas.