With the constant exposure to water, heat, and sharp knives, countertops carry quite a heavy burden in your kitchen. Choosing a material that can keep up with your lifestyle and satisfy your preferences can go a long way in improving the overall beauty and efficiency of your kitchen. The problem is, with the number of materials on the market, choosing the right countertop can be tough. Handyman Connection® of Chicago NW discusses the three most popular materials to help you decide:
There are a wide variety of natural stones used to make countertops, but granite is arguably the most common. Granite used to be exclusive to expensive and high-end kitchens, but the rising demand for its beauty and durability has made it more commonplace today. These countertops come in an array of colors that range from vibrant blues to deep reds, giving the homeowner impressive versatility when it comes to design. Granite also undergoes an impregnating sealer to make it a stain-resistant countertop that can last for up to 15 years, making it an excellent choice for homeowners looking for a long-term investment.
Another type of natural stone, slate is naturally non-porous, so it won’t need additional sealing to prevent bacteria buildup. It’s an extremely dense stone that’s virtually maintenance-free, which means it’s ideal for homeowners with busy households. Slate comes in subtle shades of green, gray, purple, red, and black. It may be less flexible than granite when it comes to color selection, but slate makes up for it by having shades of contrasting colors on its surface, creating an eye catching feature. Additionally, slate gives you two finish options – shiny or matte. It’s naturally matte, but if you prefer a shiny finish, simply rub it with lemon oil.
Laminate is a highly durable, hard-wearing material that can withstand even the toughest of kitchens. Despite being made primarily of kraft paper with resins, it’s a remarkably resilient choice. Plastic laminate rivals granite when it comes to design options as it comes in a myriad of colors, patterns, and textures. It also has a beautiful matte finish that brings elegance to your kitchen. Compared with natural stone, laminate is also a far more affordable choice that delivers quality performance.
If none of these materials are to your liking, you can consult an expert like Handyman Connection of Chicago NW. We can provide you with numerous options that will complement your kitchen’s current style and preserve its beauty for years. Contact us at (847) 973-5252 to request a free estimate.