Which Countertop Is Right For You?

If you are remodeling your kitchen and are looking for a new countertop material to use, you may have noticed there are a lot of options on the market to choose from. If you have a design in mind already, then you're probably set, but if you're still undecided read on for information about different countertop materials to see which is the best option for your kitchen.

Laminate

Laminate is a cheaper countertop material that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Some patterns can mimic that of stone, marble or granite. You can also choose high definition laminate that has a sheen to it that can look a lot like granite and makes it look much more expensive than it is. 

Although laminate can mimic stone, marble or granite, it is nothing like these materials. Laminate can be easily damaged. Scratches from not using a cutting board, burn marks or discoloring from not using a trivet or heating pad, and it can also crack or break easily. Laminate cannot be repaired, but it can be replaced for a cheaper cost compared to other types of materials.

Cleaning laminate is simple, use a soft sponge or cloth and dish detergent or another non-abrasive cleanser to wipe down your counters. Do not leave spills such as juice on your countertop as it can stain.

Granite

Granite is a little more costly as compared to laminate. It is a solid piece of stone that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. 

Granite holds up well over time adding beauty and value to your home. It needs to be cared for properly, as it can be damaged by not using heating pads beneath hot pots/pans, and can also stain if you leave spills or water spots for too long. Granite needs to be cleaned and cared for differently than laminate, as you need to use mild cleansers. You also need to deep clean it often to prevent stains from anything left on the counter. Granite also needs to be re-sealed once every other year.

Marble

Marble is a beautiful, timeless stone that can be costly. It is also a solid stone that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. 

Marble needs to be cared for properly as it has a porous surface and can easily stain. It can also scratch easily, so a cutting board is necessary. Marble should be cleaned with a gentle cleanser and soft sponge. It will also need to be sealed every 1 - 2 years using a stone sealer.

These are just a few types of countertops, all three are great choices as you have a variety of styles of each to choose from. Your choice depends on your style and budget. Talk to a kitchen countertop installation company today to have your new counters purchased and installed.

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