There are so many decisions when designing your kitchen that the choices can be overwhelming. The counter tops are an important part of every kitchen and can really set the tone for the room. Your counter top material needs to be functional, durable and tie in with the rest of the space. There is a wide range of material available, and each has its pros and cons.
1. Wood countertops often add warmth and richness. Consult with your kitchen designer or builder to choose what wood works best for your taste and lifestyle. Make sure they advise you regarding types of wood, cut, grain and finish. Remember, wood can scratch, stain and requires routine maintenance.
2. Travertine countertops lend an “old world” look and are less expensive than granite and some types of marble. However, the pitted surface must be filled and sealed and is not heat-resistant. Without proper maintenance, it can trap food and bacteria and absorb liquids.
3. Granite countertops are one of the most popular choices today. It is highly durable and resistant to scratching or staining. One drawback is that because it is a slab, color may be inconsistent. Also, because it is so heavy, it may require additional structural support.
4. Marble countertops are soft and timeless, and widely available. However, be prepared, the stunning marble is porous, and is susceptible to stains, such as red wine.
5. Quartz is one of the hardest surface material. It is non porous, scratch resistant and easy care material. It comes in variety of colors.
6. Stainless steel is modern, crisp and clean. It’s germ free, heat-resistant, and won’t stain. It does scratch easily and show fingerprints.