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Mar 23 2015

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A Guide to Kitchen Countertop Options

A kitchen countertop is more than just a surface in a home – it’s the place kids do their homework and where people gather with friends and family over home-cooked meals. Choosing a new kitchen countertop is an important part of any kitchen renovation, and different homes will have different needs that a kitchen countertop will have to fill. Here’s your guide to choosing the right traditional kitchen countertop for your client’s home.

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Granite

  • Cost: Varies on type and availability of the specific stone
  • Durability: Medium to high
  • Heat Resistance: High
  • Food Safe: Easily cleaned if properly sealed

If you want a versatile kitchen countertop, granite is the right choice; it’s available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and it can fit in any style of home – from traditional to contemporary.

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Marble

  • Cost: Medium to high
  • Durability: Low (susceptible to staining, etching and scratching)
  • Heat Resistance: High
  • Food Safe: Medium

Used mostly in traditional designs, marble should be properly sealed to reduce staining, and trivets or mats should be used to avoid scratching. Marble is easily cleaned with stone cleaner, water, or mild soap and water.

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Quartzite

  • Cost: Medium to high
  • Durability: Medium
  • Heat Resistance: High
  • Food Safe: High (less porous than some stone surfaces)

Although quartzite is an extremely hard stone, it’s susceptible to chipping. It’s also highly versatile with a variety of colors, and quartzite requires proper maintenance and care. Quartzite is easy to maintain with stone cleaners or soap and water.

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Quartz

  • Cost: Medium
  • Durability: High
  • Heat Resistance: High
  • Food Safe: High

For an ecofriendly option, consider quartz, which requires less maintenance and is a greener alternative to natural stone. Clean quartz with soap and water or Windex – you don’t even need to seal it.

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Soapstone

  • Cost: Medium to high
  • Durability: Medium (liable to chip, scratch and flake)
  • Heat Resistance: High
  • Food Safe: High

Since soapstone is naturally dense with low liquid absorption, it’s relatively food safe; however, it’s also soft and prone to damage. Soapstone’s aesthetic fits well with traditional designs, and it’s more often used on smaller countertops.

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Natural Wood

  • Cost: Medium to high
  • Durability: Low
  • Heat Resistance: Low
  • Food Safe: High

Over time, wood will show nicks and wear, which actually add a charming, unique look to the countertop. Anti-bacterial enzymes found in trees keep natural wood food safe, and wood is easy to clean with a mixture of vinegar and water. Natural wood is most commonly found in transitional and traditional designs, but it can also add warmth to modern designs.

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Glass

  • Cost: Medium to high
  • Durability: Medium
  • Heat Resistance: Medium to high
  • Food Safe: High

A non-porous surface, glass is easy to clean and maintain, as long as the proper care is taken to prevent scratches and chips. With varying colors and thicknesses, glass offers homeowners a vast amount of design options to complement any kitchen.

– Information from Drury Design’s Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison and Care Guide, www.drurydesigns.com/blog/kitchen-countertop-guide.  

 

 

 

 

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