Top 10 Materials for Kitchen Countertop installation


When embarking on a kitchen remodel project, kitchen countertops are often one of the first elements homeowners consider updating. Our countertop store is providing this guide to help you choose the best kitchen countertop for your remodeling project.


Granite

Granite remains one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials. Because it is a natural stone, granite kitchen countertops can last 100 years or more when properly maintained. Granite comes in various unique minerals, such as white countertops, black countertops, mixed colors, and much more. Another great thing about granite is when you decide to do a waterfall countertop because of the movements that the stone has, when it is applied into a waterfall island it looks amazing.

To keep your granite countertops in prime condition, clean them and seal them regularly. Learn how to maintain and seal your granite.


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Quartz

Quartz kitchen countertops are engineered composite stones containing quartz, other minerals, and a resin binder. Quartz comes in various colors and detailed textures, from whites to natural beiges to grays and blacks.

Like granite, it is a solid, durable material that can last up to 100 years or more when cared for properly. It also is more stain-resistant than granite, as it is a non-porous stone. Like granite, a waterfall counter looks pretty good with a quartz countertop, it makes a modern kitchen and the result after the countertop installation is unbelievable.

Protect your quartz countertops by wiping them with a damp cloth and mild dish soap. Direct contact with hot pans can lead to damage and should be avoided.


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Laminate

Laminate kitchen countertops are one of the most budget-friendly materials on the market (The best place to buy is at Home Depot). Homeowners looking to spend a little less on their kitchen remodel project usually use a Laminate countertop. Laminate is heat-resistant and stain-resistant. Because laminate is not a natural stone, it can last up to about 10 to 20 years with proper care.

Laminate is easy to clean and requires minimal care to maintain a high-quality condition. You must use regular cleaning with mild dish soap and water.


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Wood and Butcher-Block

Wood and butcher-block kitchen countertops are a great way to add warm, earthy tones to any kitchen. Homeowners are installing these countertops in kitchens more than ever because they are easy to maintain.

Wood is also a naturally sanitary material in kitchens. On the downside, note that wood is easily scratched and susceptible to stains. Wood and butcher-block kitchen countertops also require regular resealing or oiling.

Spills should be treated immediately using hot water and mild dish soap. Vinegar can be used but should be wiped away with a damp cloth after application. The most crucial step to protecting your wood countertops is a regular oiling. To do this:

  1. Apply the mineral oil to clean and dry countertops and work with a dry rag.

  2. Allow the oil to sit for at least 30 minutes, and wipe away the excess with a dry cloth.

  3. Perform the process about once per month to maximize the lifespan of the wood countertops.


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Marble

A valid symbol of luxury, marble countertops is a quality countertop stone slab. While marble may be the highest quality natural stone for kitchen countertops, it is expensive. Like granite and quartz, there is a wide variety of colors than just black and white.

You should perform regular resealing. Many manufacturers will have a recommended schedule for completing resealing. Still, it can be tested by splashing water on the countertop. If it flows freely and does not bead, it is time to reseal.


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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel kitchen countertops bring a modern, industrial look that is increasingly trendy in residential homes. This countertop is heat, easy to clean, and will not stain or rust. Steel countertops should be cleaned daily using mild dish soap.


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Concrete

Concrete kitchen countertops provide homeowners with custom countertop options typically cast in their kitchen design. Concrete is also highly durable, lasting 100 years or more while offering a lower price than marble, granite, and quartz. This material also comes in a variety of color options. You can expect a kitchen remodel with concrete countertops to boost your home’s value.

Regular cleaning with pH-neutral soap is typically all properly sealed concrete countertops that need to stay clean. Sealers should be applied as required.


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Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone with naturally occurring talc, giving it a soap-like or smooth feeling and a dark color. It is more affordable than other natural stone kitchen countertops, like granite and marble. It is also highly resistant to moisture, heat, stains, and bacteria. On the other hand, it is softer and does scratch and chip easier than marble, granite, and quartz.

Soapstone is easy to care for and maintain, though it does require some extra upkeep the first few months after installation. For daily cleaning, a simple soapy sponge will suffice.


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Ceramic Tile

Tile kitchen countertops were a staple of homes in the ‘70s and ‘80s. However, recent years have seen the style reemerge as homeowners seek more affordable options for their kitchen remodel projects. Keep in mind that tile countertops can stain and chip and grout can harbor bacteria if not cleaned regularly.

Clean tile countertops immediately after use or after a spill to prevent staining. Homeowners should take special care to regularly clean grout lines with soapy water and thoroughly dry them using a clean rag.


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Solid Surface

Solid surface kitchen countertops are constructed through the blending of acrylics and resins. They are non-porous, making them stain and easy to clean. They are also low maintenance and easily restorable – scratches can be sanded down as needed to repair. Bear in mind that they can be damaged by heat.

A damp microfiber cloth and occasional mild dish soap should be enough to keep your solid surface countertops clean. Homeowners will also want to use cutting boards and trivets to protect the countertops from scratches and burn marks.


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