Installing a kitchen countertop is a big deal. There are tons of options, and it can be intimidating knowing that the material is going to be a mainstay in your home for years to come. Because it’s such a weighty decision, you want to be settled in the choice that you make.
But with all the countertop options for a kitchen—some better than others—that’s easier said than done. A kitchen countertop replacement calls for a material that suits not only your taste, but also your lifestyle and maintenance desires.
At KC Cabinetry & Stone, we can help you make a choice that you feel good about. When you walk into your kitchen, we want you to experience the “wow” factor of it—your countertop should be so beautiful that it takes your breath away!
The aesthetic value of your kitchen matters, and it’s something that you should be proud of.
Granite countertops work wonders in the kitchen because they’re so durable. While you should still practice the use of a cutting board, granite is so hard that it’s more likely to dull your knife than get scratched from the blade.
People also love granite countertops in kitchens because of their interesting patterns and unique beauty. You won’t find two of these stones that are identical, and they bring to the table an interesting aesthetic that is viewed as timeless and classic.
Granite is resistant not only to scratches, but also to heat and stains. The tough stone, as long as it’s sealed properly, will hold up in your home for generations.
If you’re not interested in the sealing routine, you might consider kitchen countertops in quartz. Since it’s an engineered, nonporous stone, it will never need to be sealed. The polymers and resins included in its composition do that for you!
But while quartz is resistant to stains and scratches in the same way granite is, it doesn’t hold up quite so well against heat. When handling hot items, we recommend always using a hot pad or trivet to avoid scorching your quartz surface.
Quartz countertops are known for their uniform, seamless beauty. They may not have the uniqueness factor, but they have an appeal all their own.
If you don’t mind a bit higher level of maintenance in exchange for an ultra-luxurious stone, marble is a great option. With attractive veining and design patterns, this natural stone can brighten a room with its refreshing shades and bring a new, refreshing personality to the space.
Much like granite, marble needs to be sealed because it is a porous natural stone. It is heat resistant, but it’s important to be wary of acidic substances because they can damage and eventually etch it—even if it’s sealed.
If you love the look of marble but can’t get past the maintenance it calls for, consider quartzite. This natural stone can imitate the look of marble, but it is much harder and less vulnerable to damage.
Quartzite needs to be sealed, like most other natural stones, but its heat and scratch resistance is something to write home about. You can even use it for an outdoor countertop, much in the way you can with granite and marble!
Whether you decide on granite, quartz, quartzite, or marble kitchen countertops, you will be choosing a quality material. To learn more, get in touch with us at KC Cabinetry & Stone today.