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Finding the perfect countertop shouldn’t be a challenge. That’s why we’ve assembled some points to consider when buying the surface that’s right for your home and budget.
Laminate countertops consist of sheeting glued to plywood or particleboard substrate. The result is a beautiful, affordable countertop that’s quite durable. Laminate countertops resist water, are the easiest surface to clean and maintain and come in hundreds of color and style options.
Keep in mind that they sometimes have visible seams and edges and are susceptible to cuts and scratches. Laminate countertops are less heat-resistant than solid stone, so be sure to use a trivet.
Solid-surface countertops are made of nonporous acrylic material for a visually seamless appearance. They are available in a range of colors and patterns, including some eco-friendly options, and offer the option of an integral sink and backsplash. Solid-surface countertops resist water, bacteria and stains, providing a low-maintenance option for your home.
Solid-surface countertops are susceptible to scratching and less heat-resistant than quartz or granite.
Granite countertops are crafted from beautiful, durable, natural stone. Visually rich and dynamic, they're highly heat-resistant and can stand up to stains and bacteria when properly sealed. And, thanks to their ultra smooth texture, granite is phenomenal for baking preparations, like rolling dough.
Granite countertops do have visible seams. To maintain your granite, seal it yearly. Use caution around stress points as the stone can split.
Quartz is another nonporous natural stone countertop option that is the most durable option available. Like granite, quartz resists heat, water, bacteria and stains, but is easier to maintain because you never have to seal it. Quartz countertops have more consistent colors and patterns and are very easy to clean.
With quartz, there are fewer shades to choose from and you will have to contend with visible seams, but with so many other benefits, quartz is a wonderful choice for countertops that last.
Although natural stone countertops are heat-resistant, it's a good idea to protect all surfaces from hot pots and pans with hot pads or trivets.
For a truly customized cooking experience, install a combination of different countertops for specific kitchen tasks. For example, stone surfaces work nicely near the range for placement of hot pots and pans, while solid surfaces are perfect for use around the sink for easy cleaning.
Because of special exceptions, like custom orders, combinations of countertops could be the most expensive option. Speak with a kitchen project specialist about your budget or needs to find the perfect countertop options for your kitchen.
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