Your Guide to The Top 5 Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials
With so many choices at your disposal, it can be difficult to pick out out a kitchen counter that is perfect for your home and lifestyle. Since this is one of the more important elements of kitchen design, and the material chosen can even affect how you use it, it’s important to choose something that looks good, will stand the test of time, and is within your budget. So here are our insights to the 5 most popular kitchen countertop materials to help you choose.
Granite has been a very popular material for kitchen countertops for a very long time and with good reason. This natural stone has unique character and can come in many different colors, with differing grains and finishes. It is also one of the most durable surface options available, and will last a very long time if it is taken care of. However, it is also one of the most expensive options available, which turns away many potential buyers who are on a tight budget.
Ceramic tile is also durable and far more customizable than granite, and the price is considerably lower. This has made it another long-time staple in the world of kitchen countertops. It may not be quite as durable as granite, but it can still provide many years of use if properly cared for.
3. Ecofriendly Materials
Of course, the growing popularity of green homes and manufacturing has given way to ecofriendly countertops. These are made with recycled and/or sustainable materials like Bamboo or even pressed paper, these unique materials are chosen for their lessened impact on the environment as well as their durability. They also fit very well with many modern design choices in the kitchen. The price range can vary greatly depending on material, source, and where you are in the world, so this option will require a bit of research to choose what will work best for you.
4. Plastic Laminate
Of course one of the most affordable options is plastic laminate (AKA Formica). This material is sometimes scoffed at by stone and tile lovers, but it is still widely used because of its wide array of color and design choices. It is also very budget friendly. The durability, however, does suffer. You should expect to replace the countertop more often when using this material, but can still provide several years when well-maintained.
Marble is a classic and very popular material for kitchen countertops. It is beautiful, and each piece unique with a wide range of color options. These characteristics make it a good choice for design purposes, but it is a sifter stone than granite. It can scratch and stain, and the price will usually turn those with a budget away.
As you can see, each popular option, has its pros and cons, so it is important to know what your budget is and how you plan to use your kitchen and counter when choosing the right material for you. Having trouble finding the perfect fit? Be sure to contact one of our kitchen accessory specialists for some advice.