How to Choose the Right Countertop Material for Your Kitchen
Are you struggling to find the right countertop for your kitchen? From practical elements to design, there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right material and color. Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing kitchen countertops to help you find the right fit for your needs and taste.
What Are the Most Common Materials?
Different materials have different properties, which make some of them better for durability, while others are most cost-effective. The most common countertop materials include:
Natural stone – includes marble, granite and slate elements that promote durability and elegance, but they need to be sealed regularly to keep them in top shape and prevent stains
Solid composites – designed to last, composite materials are stylish, resistant to stains, and can be repaired if necessary
Laminated countertops – plastic laminate is an affordable option, and if you’re investing in your kitchen and don’t have money for a more durable countertop, laminate worktops are a solid option while you save for something more elegant
Ceramic tiles – popular for islands, wet bars and eat-at counters due to seams
Wooden countertops – often paired with natural stone for colorful contrast, practicality, and style
Concrete – visually comparable to natural stone, but many manufacturers add metal or fiberglass fibers to prevent cracking
One way to accommodate different uses of your kitchen is to get more than one type of material. Mixing and matching kitchen countertop materials will also help you spend less. For example, if you have a large island, you may decide to install a less expensive material here, while spending a little extra money on adjacent countertops that take up fewer square feet.
How Much Space Do You Need?
Knowing how many linear feet of countertop space you have will help you create your own estimate of the amount of material you’ll need. When shopping around, suppliers and contractors will be able to provide an estimate based on your initial measurements. This will give you a rough idea of how much money it will cost you to buy a certain material or brand over another.
The cost of materials ranges widely, but if properly maintained, a good kitchen countertop can last you indefinitely. You can even make a decision on your ideal countertops, and then find a version that fits your budget. For example, if you love the look of marble, but it’s a bit out of your price range, quartz has a similar look but is slightly less expensive.
What Will Look Best In Your Kitchen?
Choose a tone that coordinates or contrasts with the cabinets rather than being a close match. Examples include brown countertops on natural white oak cabinets as a coordinated look or black granite on painted white cabinets is a contrast.
Instead of focusing primarily on color, you may want to choose a material that is more functional. If your priority is to prepare food, host parties, or be durable for the children in the family, choosing a stronger material with no seams might be more ideal.
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