A guide to the various countertop styles

Lifestyle | 23 Oct |

The kitchen is the most used room in a house, so it makes sense to create a kitchen environment that you enjoy and feel comfortable in.

The cornerstone of any kitchen is the countertop because it sets the tone for the rest of the kitchen. Whether you want a more natural feel to your kitchen or you’re looking for a modern, chic-styled kitchen, your countertop will help create the vibe you’re looking for.

Keep reading for the top countertop styles you should consider for your kitchen.

Granite

One of the most popular and sought-out countertops is granite. Granite countertops are elegant and luxurious and can go with a variety of flooring and cabinet styles.

Granite countertops add value to a home and are very durable and heat resistant. You can also find thousands of varieties of granite countertops giving you a lot of freedom to make your kitchen unique.

The main con to granite is its cost, it typically costs more than most other styles of countertops.

Marble

Marble is another popular choice because it is also very durable and elegant. No two marble slabs are the same, making each and every marble countertop unique.

This beautiful stone is also durable, waterproof, and heatproof. Due to its unique beauty and durability, this countertop is also one of the more expensive options.

Quartz

Quartz, or engineered stone, is a popular choice for its natural beauty and lack of imperfections. These countertops resist stains and are impervious to both heat and acid.

These countertops are very easy to maintain and there is no sealing required. The only con of a quartz countertop is the price tag, which is comparable to granite and marble. However, if you shop around you can find some great affordable options.

Ceramic

If you’re looking for a truly unique and beautiful countertop, you can’t go wrong with ceramic tile. These countertops can vary widely in style and color, making it a great choice for people looking to be a bit more creative.

Ceramic counters are easy-to-clean and much more affordable than the previous options, however, custom ceramic tiles can be a lot more expensive than generic ones.

The main con with these countertops is the grout lines, which can stain easily and be more difficult to clean.

Solid-Surface

Solid-surface countertops are a solid-colored, smooth surface and they can be easily matched to cabinets, drawers, and sinks. These countertops are expensive, but not as expensive as marble or granite.

There are tons of colors available giving you the flexibility to match these countertops to your specific aesthetic.

These counters are stain-resistant and, if damaged, can be easily repaired by sanding the surface smooth. However, they aren’t heat resistant as some of the other countertop options.

Countertop Styles: Your Options Are Endless

The above-mentioned countertop styles are the most popular, but there are still tons of other options including wood, laminates, and soapstone. You can get really creative with your countertops by choosing unique styles and colors to make your kitchen really pop.

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