Renovating your kitchen because you love to cook and entertain? Alternatively, maybe your home simply needs a kitchen update! No matter the reason, you’ll have to choose a sturdy countertop to go with it. Before you reach out to a kitchen renovator to pick out a countertop, take a look at our overview of materials!
Laminate once took a backseat when it came to kitchen renovations because the material itself is engineered wood – a.k.a. not real wood. But don’t mistaken this ‘fake’ countertop for an unreliable counter. Laminate boasts a long list of benefits when it comes to your kitchen:
- It’s stain resistant;
- It’s heat resistant;
- It can handle impact well.
Laminate may not be real wood or granite, but it’s a cost-effective countertop that does the same trick as other countertop materials. You’ll spend less money on an equally durable product, one that will last as long as your kitchen renovation. Should the countertop need replacing, it’s an economical expense to handle.
Did we mention it comes in a wide variety of colours and finishes? Purchase a laminate countertop that resembles granite or wood – without the hefty price tag. We promise you’ll have fun shopping for a countertop when there’s so much variety out there.
If you’re looking for a kitchen countertop that stands out at your next dinner party, then wood should top your shopping list. Bring an outdoor look into your home with real pieces of wood put together to create one long, hard countertop. Here’s why you should consider one:
- It’s a sustainable material;
- It comes in a wide variety of finishes and colours;
- It’s a malleable material that can be cut and shaped to your desire;
- It’s timeless and the wood improves overtime.
Hardwood is durable and sturdy, but if you plan on doing a lot of cooking in your newly renovated kitchen, we recommend you be careful. While it’s naturally heat-resistant and likely to protect anything that falls on it, it may need to be oiled a few times a year to protect the finish. For longevity, avoid spilling water or liquid on the wood. It should remain dry as often as possible. That means you’ll have to purchase sturdy cutting boards to get your cooking on!
Stumped on which kitchen surface to choose from? Speak with an experienced kitchen renovator to get their opinion on it! We have an extensive directory of kitchen specialists who can assist you in the decision-making process.
Any surface you purchase for your kitchen must be durable. After all, look where it’s going! But quartz is likely the most sturdy kitchen countertop you could ever buy, which makes it the perfect option for your kitchen renovation. Quartz is arguably the toughest material ever, which makes it the perfect choice for the kitchen that will be used for hosting lots of dinner parties.
- Quartz comes in different patterns and finishes that will suit any kitchen;
- It’s scratch and stain resistant.
But there are a couple of things you must watch out for. A quartz counter top requires special care when it comes to cleaning. You don’t want to ruin your expensive kitchen surface!
Kitchen trends are leading more and more people to choose natural stone products like granite for their custom kitchen countertops. It’s mined from quarries worldwide and comes in large slabs. This high-end, durable product is fairly expensive, but holds its value and can be a great selling feature of your home. Granite kitchen countertops have several impressive features and can be used as the focal point of your kitchen:
- It comes in a variety of colours, patterns, edge details and thicknesses;
- It is extremely scratch-resist;
- It is impervious to stains, water and heat.
Granite will need to be treated with a sealer annually to maintain its stain-resistant properties. Because it’s very heavy, installation is very labor-intensive and can really increase the cost of the whole project. When you choose granite, you’ll be guaranteed of a beautiful, unique selection that will complement any style and last a lifetime. Read more about facts and fundamentals in Granite vs Quartz How to Make The Right Decision.
Material costs range from $45 – $200 per square foot depending on stone rarity and features.
Thinking of putting granite in your kitchen? A kitchen expert can help you decide if it’s right for your home and give you an estimate of how much it will cost!
Ok, I know we keep saying each kitchen surface is durable, but a stainless steel countertop really takes the cake for a durable, sturdy countertop. Here’s why:
- Water, heat and stain resistant;
- Bacteria won’t grow on it;
- Stain resistant;
- Not easily damaged.
So you can pile hot pots and pans on it, not worry about anything spilling on it because the material is so easy to clean, and it’s hygienic.
But there are two big cons to consider: if you’re not careful with the counter, the stainless steel can easily dent and scratch; and they’ll be noticeable to the naked eye. Otherwise, seems like a pretty good trade-off for all the pros that come along with purchasing a stainless steel countertop for your newly renovated kitchen.
Want a timeless and elegant surface in your kitchen? Crushed glass is a favourable option for homeowners seeking a very unique and different look. Given the fact that they look so delicate, you’d think they’re not a wise choice for a kitchen. On the contrary.
- They’re easy to clean;
- They’re heat resistant;
- They’re aesthetically pleasing.
But glass is glass and there are some characteristics of this surface that don’t change. If you have kids at home that like to touch thins, then your glass will be full of visible fingerprints. Not only that, but glass is easy to scratch and break. If your kitchen is a showpiece, one that won’t be used very often, then this is the countertop choice for you.
So, how much are they going to cost?
Want to know how each material stacks up against another? Take a look at this chart to get an idea of what you could spend. Keep in mind: this is simply an estimate!
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When it comes to price and material, you have a ton of choice for your kitchen. Make an informed decision by visiting our directory to find a list of kitchen planning and renovation specialists! They’ll not only transform your kitchen, but help you make the right decision for your home, tastes and budget!
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