Whether remodeling a kitchen or building a new home, few material choices will make a lasting impact as the choices in your kitchen. These items include cabinets & kitchen countertop materials. As top kitchen cabinet suppliers in the Bay Area, we know a think or two about quality cabinets. However; in this article we’re focusing on kitchen countertops. With so many countertop options to select from it may be difficult to choose which is the best fit with your kitchen. Before making a countertop choice we always ask clients to consider the way the kitchen is used, budget, aesthetic and value of the home. With all of these factors in mind, we explain the following countertop for homeowners to consider in their kitchen renovation.
Varying Kitchen Countertop Options:
1. Laminate Countertops
Laminate surfaces are one of the most affordable of kitchen countertop materials, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some patterns even imitate the look of wood or stone products. Although the price of laminate surfaces makes them extremely popular, the have a short lifespan and are not resistant to head and scratches.
2. Tile Countertops
Tile is another reasonably priced countertop material. It fits within most homeowners budget and allows the homeowner the ability to customize the look of his kitchen. Although tile countertops are extremely resistant to heat and scratches, the grout lines are difficult to maintain. Grout will stain and damage overtime.
3. Wooden Countertops
Wooden Countertops can be classified as a high-end material. Most wooden countertops are comprised of smaller strips of wood pieced together to form a material called butcher block. They add a rustic, farmhouse appeal to any kitchen; however, require regular applications of sealant. Wooden countertops can be easily repaired if damaged by scratches or heat.
4. Solid Surface Countertops
Solid surface are considered a high end countertop material. Although they look like natural stone, these countertops are made of a plastic resin that don’t require the maintenance requirements of stone. They are resistant to burns and nonporous.
5. Engineered Stone Countertops
Engineered stone is a nice alternative to solid surface & natural stone. Engineered stone countertops mix crushed quartz with the resins of solid surface products to imitate the look of granite. These countertops are a hybrid between solid surface and natural stone. Clients love them because the resins are available in such a wide range of colors. Something that natural stone doesn’t offer.
6. Granite & Marble Countertops
Regardless of the kitchen remodel, granite & marble countertops are still hands down the most popular countertop choice! This product exemplifies a luxury kitchen and the price tag reflects it. Natural stone isn’t affected by heat and with regular sealing is resistant to stains.
7. Concrete Countertops
For the home owners looking to make a statement with their kitchen, concrete countertops do it. They give a contemporary kitchen an edgy or urban look. Although you’ll see them used in industrial styled spaces, more and more clients are opting for the unique aesthetic concrete countertops bring. Some manufactures offer recycled glass an other earth friendly materials in their mixtures. Sealing on a regular basis is required.
8. Stainless Steel Countertops
For a contemporary kitchen remodel, stainless steel countertops may be a good option. They are resistant to heat, staining & water, but because the surface is reflective, fingerprints and scratches will be visible.
Choosing the right countertop material is obviously a very subjective and personal choice. The good news, is that there is no right or wrong choice. Distinctive Cabinetry helps clients from Lafayette, San Ramon, Moraga, Orinda, Alamo & Walnut Creek choose the right materials for their kitchen remodel. In addition to reviewing the goals of the kitchen, we work with each home owner to weigh the perks and disadvantages of each product. Then we look at which selection best fits their budget and timeline. The first step, however, is to pop into our Walnut Creek Showroom and view samples. Ask us about our complimentary 30-minute consultation.
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