Picking the Right Kitchen Counter Material for Your Needs

The kitchen counter is one of the most well used surfaces other than the floor of course. The decision on which material you will use for your counter should be carefully considered. We will discuss a few options of what materials are available and some of their strengths and weaknesses to help you make an educated decision about what material will work best for you.

Ever Consider Corian?

Corian is a solid surface countertop similar to the butcher block worktop. Because this counter is made out of a solid material it is very durable. The surface is even scratch and heat resistant. This means that if you accidentally put a hot pan on the surface without using a trivet then you won’t scorch the material. When surfaces are scratch resistant that means that you can use more abrasive cleaners like baking soda to clean up the stains without worrying about damaging the surface. Corian is custom made to fit your countertop requirements and measurements. The great thing about having a material factory made for you is that it will be in one piece which makes it easier to install. The only real downside to this type of countertop is that it is moderately pricey so many homes will skip this option for a more affordable one like laminate.

Granite Countertop

Laminate Countertops

Laminate is a material that is made up of a thin piece of veneer that is glued to the top of a thick slab of particle board. This is one of the most varied types of material that anyone can use for their countertop. Laminate comes in such a wide range of colors and designs you are sure to find on that fits the theme of your kitchen. You could get laminate that has wood accents or one of the many different multi-colored designs. Laminate counters typically come in pieces that must be spliced together which makes installation a little more involved than with the corian material. Laminate is also very easy to clean. Nothing is needed outside of an all purpose disinfectant and a sponge. All the options and a great price tag make this one of the most popular counter tops that is for sale.

The Beauty of Granite

If you are going for beauty and elegance in the kitchen then you want a granite countertop. Granite countertops are made up of solid rock that has a sealed surface. The surface needs to be sealed because it is porous. This means that it has tiny holes all over that are great places for liquid to soak into and bacteria to grow in. The seal will also be weakened as the counter ages. Resealing the counter surface is not cheap and couple this with an already high price tag makes this the most expensive countertop material you can buy. For your money you get an extremely durable surface. This counter will not chip or break as readily as the other types will and it is more heat resistant than the previous materials.

Every household will have countertops. How much that counter gets used is really up to the preference of the homeowner. Do you want something that looks nice enough to pull up some counter stools and eat right on it or do you want something that is cost effective as well as functional?

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