When choosing a new kitchen countertop for a brand new kitchen or renovation, it’s important to consider what the counter will be used for. For kitchens that will see frequent cooking, some materials offer unique benefits to keep in mind.
Even among the preferences of leading chefs, there are many popular countertop materials that carry their own pros and cons:
Granite – Granite countertops are a classic favorite in many homes, with good reason. In addition to resisting scratches and scrapes, granite will also stand up to heat, making it a highly durable material. The surface is also ideal for rolling out dough or making pie crusts. Plus, granite can be found in a beautiful array of colors to match any style of kitchen. However, granite counters will require a bit of maintenance as they’ll need to be periodically resealed against stains.
Laminate – Although laminate may not be as head-turning as granite, it features a lower price tag and new technology has brought its appeal a long way in recent years. It also boasts a very easy clean up and resists damage from stains and heat. Cuts can easily damage the counter though, so you’ll need to be sure to use a cutting board at all times.
Concrete – Concrete offers high durability but can be marred by cutting materials on it. While the surface can be stamped or even colored, the uneven texture can be more challenging to clean.
Stainless steel – Steel may be the top choice for professional kitchens due to how easy it is to keep clean and shining, but this aesthetic may only compliment certain kitchens. It can be dented in some situations, but it can typically stand up to high levels of heat or cold.
Some materials are generally avoided for kitchens that will see heavy use, such as tile which can be easily stained or marble which can easily see expensive damages.
No matter your preference a kitchen countertop is an important investment for your home. Before making such a big decision, we recommend consulting with a professional countertop installation company for personalized advice on what may be the best choice for your lifestyle and kitchen. Contact Rockfin Countertops, Houston’s leading countertop contractors for a consultation on which options may be a perfect fit for your home.