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Which Kitchen Countertop Material is Right for You?

  • By Staff Writer
  • 02 Dec, 2015

Weighing the pros and cons of the different countertop materials can help you make the right choice before a big update.

Each countertop material has its pros and cons.  Here's several to consider before updating your kitchen:
  • Quartz - maintenance free; stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant; non-porous surface means that don't need to be sealed like natural stone countertops;  available in a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Polished Granite - top choice of most homeowners, natural material with variations in the stone's pattern that can add appeal but make matching up slabs tricky; requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz; must wipe up all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda; typically follow a regular yearly sealing routine
  • Laminate - most budget-friendly option; available in patterns that resemble natural stone, wood, or quartz at a fraction of the cost
  •   Wood - ideal for food prep (properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat); budget-friendly; highly heat-resistant so you don't have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface
  • Stainless Steel - modern, industrial look; coordinates with any color; one of the easiest countertop materials to clean with just a cloth and mild soap for any stain; inhibits bacterial buildup, making it the most hygienic countertop available
  • Glass - sleek, streamlined appearance; can be cut into any shape and texture; endless color options; is a little pricier; easy to keep clean with a non-porous surface that is stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available
  • Soapstone - Highly stain and bacteria resistant; doesn't require yearly sealing but needs regular applications of mineral oil to help disguise any surface scratches, add sheen, and deepen the stone's color over time
  • Travertine - classic Old World look; more high-maintenance - if you don't fill and seal the pitted surface, it can trap food and bacteria and absorb liquids; one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices and brings a warm, inviting feel to any kitchen design style
  • Tile  - inexpensive; easy to maintain; coordinates easily with existing style or can mix and match with different design styles
If you have questions, you can always stop by and chat with  one of our helpful representatives for recommendations on the type of surface that is best for you.   Contact us today !
By Staff Writer 02 Dec, 2015
Each countertop material has its pros and cons.  Here's several to consider before updating your kitchen:
  • Quartz - maintenance free; stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant; non-porous surface means that don't need to be sealed like natural stone countertops;  available in a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Polished Granite - top choice of most homeowners, natural material with variations in the stone's pattern that can add appeal but make matching up slabs tricky; requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz; must wipe up all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda; typically follow a regular yearly sealing routine
  • Laminate - most budget-friendly option; available in patterns that resemble natural stone, wood, or quartz at a fraction of the cost
  •   Wood - ideal for food prep (properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat); budget-friendly; highly heat-resistant so you don't have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface
  • Stainless Steel - modern, industrial look; coordinates with any color; one of the easiest countertop materials to clean with just a cloth and mild soap for any stain; inhibits bacterial buildup, making it the most hygienic countertop available
  • Glass - sleek, streamlined appearance; can be cut into any shape and texture; endless color options; is a little pricier; easy to keep clean with a non-porous surface that is stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available
  • Soapstone - Highly stain and bacteria resistant; doesn't require yearly sealing but needs regular applications of mineral oil to help disguise any surface scratches, add sheen, and deepen the stone's color over time
  • Travertine - classic Old World look; more high-maintenance - if you don't fill and seal the pitted surface, it can trap food and bacteria and absorb liquids; one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices and brings a warm, inviting feel to any kitchen design style
  • Tile  - inexpensive; easy to maintain; coordinates easily with existing style or can mix and match with different design styles
If you have questions, you can always stop by and chat with  one of our helpful representatives for recommendations on the type of surface that is best for you.   Contact us today !
By Staff Writer 11 Nov, 2015
Remodeling your kitchen does not have to be an overwhelming process.  Here are a few things to ask yourself before you begin the project:
  1. How many people will use the kitchen?
  2. How often do you cook or entertain?
  3. Will you need space for dining?
  4. How can you maximize storage space?
  5. Is there anything you want to display?
Once you've found the answers to these questions, call us at 501-588-1337 and consult with one of our helpful representatives for recommendations on the type of surface that is best for you.
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