When it comes to choosing a material for you kitchen counters, there are two main factors to consider:
First, you have decide on exactly what needs your counter has to fill. If you intend to cook on it multiple times a day, you will need more durability. However, if you only cook once in a while, perhaps your choice would be something easier to clean.
Second, you need to know your budget. Once you’ve determined your needs, you will know which materials to focus on, but some materials can be very expensive, while more affordable options might still fit your requirements. At this point, knowing your budget for the project will ensure the right choice.
Now that you know these two main factors, you can use the list below to pick out the best material for you:
- Granite – Can handle heat, very durable and barely requires maintenance. But very expensive and must be professionally installed and sealed.
- Soap Stone – Reasonably durable and resistant to heat and stains. Reasonably priced, but requires professional installation and mineral sealant.
- Marble – Heat and waterproof, also very beautiful. But expensive and can scratch and be stained.
- Laminates – Easy to maintain, very affordable and can be installed without professional help. But has visible seams that can lift, and is easily scratched and dented.
- Wood – Easy to clean and long lasting if maintained. But can be scratched easily, and can be expensive.
After reading this list, you may have already found you perfect countertop, but if you still aren’t sure, there are many more materials available. Keep looking with your needs and budget in mind, and you will soon find the perfect match!