Chances are, your family spends most of their time in the kitchen. Between meals, homework, and more, the kitchen is the center of your home- so any renovations you make to your kitchen have to be made with your family’s needs in mind.
Your kitchen countertop is especially important to your kitchen renovation, and there are many things to consider before making a decision. Will your countertop be durable? Do you need a food safe countertop? Will your kitchen countertop be easy to clean, and will it fit in your budget?
We’ve created this Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison and Care Guide filled with kitchen remodeling pictures to help you answer those questions so that you can make an educated decision about which kitchen countertop is best for your family. Here’s how your different kitchen countertop options stack up against each other:
Granite: Granite’s cost varies greatly depending on the type and availability of the specific stone, and it’s highly durable and heat resistant. Granite is also easily cleaned and food safe if properly sealed, but make sure to wipe off your granite kitchen countertop after each use.
Marble: Commonly used in traditional kitchen designs, marble is susceptible to staining, etching, and scratches, so it should be properly sealed. Marble is easily cleaned with stone cleaner or mild soap and water.
Quartzite: An extremely hard stone, quartzite is a higher cost and very versatile. Quartzite is less porous than some stone surfaces, making it food safe, and it’s easy to maintain with stone cleaners or soap and water.
Quartz: Looking for an ecofriendly kitchen countertop? Quartz is it. Quartz is very durable and can resist scratches, burns, and stains, and it’s also easy to maintain with soap and water or Windex.
Soapstone: Soapstone is fairly soft and prone to chipping, scratching, and flaking; however, it can be oiled to maintain a uniform appearance.
Natural Wood: While natural wood is softer than stone and will show wear over time, many homeowners believe that this adds character to the wood countertop surface. Clean your natural wood kitchen countertops with a mixture of vinegar and water, and oil it every now and then for best appearance.
Glass: Generally, glass costs about the same as mid-range and above granite, although customized glass will be more expensive. Glass will scratch and chip with improper care, but it’s also non-porous and easy to clean.
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