Find out how to choose the right kitchen countertop materials for your needs, ensuring you make the right choice during the kitchen design process.
If you are choosing a new kitchen, you will have to make lots of important decisions, including the choice over which kitchen countertop material to choose.
You may even be looking to refresh your kitchen with some new countertops, in which case the spotlight is even more on this important choice.
There are so many materials, looks and textures to choose from it can be overwhelming knowing which one is right for you. To help you feel inspired and a little more in the know about the different materials you are likely to come across during your renovation planning, take a look at our pros and cons of different kitchen countertop materials below:
Granite is costly but beautiful and is often used as a material for kitchen countertops. The pros of granite are that is resists heat well, is incredibly durable and low maintenance and there are seemingly endless styles available. Unfortunately though it can crack if installation is faulty and is has a reputation for dulling knives. Usually it is the cost of granite that puts some homeowners off, although long-term it could be seen as an investment.
Laminate countertops are often very affordable and make it easy to quickly enhance the look of your kitchen. The pros of a laminate counter are that it is low-cost, available to buy ready to go (cutting the cost even further) and there are lots of styles to choose from. The main downside is that it doesn’t look premium and also, if it is damaged you usually can’t repair it.
Tiles are very affordable and easy to fit yourself. Other pros include the fact that ceramic tiles are heat resistant and easy to maintain. You can even switch the grout for a coloured grout to easily refresh and update the look. The major downside to ceramic tiles (such as from Décor Tiles) is the fact that they can crack if too much pressure is placed on them.
Marble is a luxury kitchen countertop material, there’s no getting around that. Major pros include the fact each and every piece of marble looks different and having marble as your material of choice will make your kitchen look expensive. It is also heat resistant and incredibly durable. Downsides include the cost, the fact it is prone to staining, and the fact that repairs are very tricky.
If you are a fan of the industrial look then this could be the right choice for you. Stainless steel is very easy to keep clean and hygienic and it is completely heat and stain resistant. It is also very easy to maintain. The main downsides to this modern countertop choice are that fact that it is noisy, easy to scratch and expensive.
Wood, quartz and MDF are other common materials you may come across whilst you research and you may find combination material kitchens, combining luxury and practicality for a countertop designed for modern family use.
Hopefully you feel a little more comfortable about the type of countertops available to you. The best thing you can do first is shop around go and have a look and feel of the different materials available to you. You could also ask friends who’s kitchens you love about the materials they favour and the cost. With the right research and planning, you’ll have countertops in your kitchen that create a practical base, and beautiful look to suit all your kitchen needs.