29 Dec The Best Countertop Materials for At-home Chefs
Homeowners who spend a lot of time in the kitchen know that frequent cooking takes a toll on countertops and other surfaces. In order to withstand all the cuts, heat damage, stains, splashes and abrasions, countertops must be made from resilient, long-lasting materials.
Before settling on a kitchen countertop material for a new construction or remodelling project, take some time to consider the pros and cons of a few of the most common options.
Quartz countertops look like stone but require a lot less maintenance—perfect for a busy kitchen. This material also resists high heat, serrated blades, most stains and abrasive pads and comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. It may be best to go with rounded edges, as straight ones may chip over time.
Also resistant to heat, cuts and abrasions, granite is another excellent material for a kitchen countertop. No two slabs of granite look the same, giving the kitchen a unique look. When properly sealed, it faces little risk of staining. As with quartz, straight edges can chip over time, making rounded ones a safer choice.
Limestone, Soapstone and Marble
Less common than other materials, soapstone resists heat especially well, but it can also be susceptible to minor scratches and nicks. Limestone and marble have a wonderful natural look but can also be slightly vulnerable to damage over time, with marble being especially sensitive to heat.
Laminate is affordable, easy to install and comes in a variety of styles and decorative designs. While stains and heat damage won’t be a problem for laminate countertops, it is very vulnerable to cuts and scratches, so be sure to have a few quality cutting boards on hand.