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But, there are so many types of countertops to choose from that picking the right type for your kitchen can almost seem impossible. But that does not have to be the case. You should choose a countertop that is made of the material and has a look reflective of your style and how you use your kitchen. For more information, reach out to us today.
How to Select Your Kitchen Countertops
The first thing you should do when selecting a kitchen countertop is visit a showroom that displays full-size kitchens. That will provide you with a realistic look at how the various types of countertops look in real-world kitchens.
Kitchen countertops come in a variety of surfaces, all of which will be on display in the showroom. Let’s take a look at their pros and cons:
Granite is among the most popular kitchen countertop for a number of reasons. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, making each piece unique. It is also durable and stands up well to heat and nicks caused by knives and other sharp utensils. Spills are easily wiped up as well, making it the perfect choice for families. Because it is a stone, granite does have to be occasionally sealed to prevent stains from becoming permanent. And it is heavy, so be sure your cabinets can handle the weight.
If you are looking for a more consistent look than granite can provide, consider quartz countertops. It looks similar to granite and is stain and scratch resistant. It also does not require periodic sealing like granite does and is available in a wide variety of colors.
Concrete kitchen countertops can be designed in any shape and dyed to any shade you want. For a more edgy, industrial look, you can add bits of glass, rocks, and even seashells to the mix. Not as heat resistant as some other types of countertops, concrete stands up to heavy and frequent use. Frequent sealing is required to prevent stains, and tiny cracks can develop in the counters over time.
If you want a kitchen that has a more traditional, cottage or country feel, butcher block countertops may be the way to go. With a variety of wood tones, butcher block counter lends a warm and natural appearance to any kitchen. While it may be susceptible to knife scratches, many people like that the gently used look butcher block develops over time, and scratches can easily be sanded out. You’ve got to oil butcher block frequently in order to protect the surface.
Stainless steel countertops are not just for industrial kitchens anymore. Custom made to fit your kitchen, they are both heat and bacterial resistant. However, you will be wiping away fingerprints and cleaning chemicals can impact its color. It can also be more expensive since it is custom made.
If you would like to learn more about the various countertop types available to you as well as have work started on your own kitchen countertop needs, reach out to Clermont Kitchen & Bath, a kitchen countertop installer trusted by residents of The Villages. Get started on your fashionable and functional dream kitchen today!