Picking the Right Countertop Material

Picking the Right Countertop Material

With all the options available for kitchen countertops, it’s hard to determine what will work best for you and your family. It’s a good thing this guide will be able to tell you about the various countertops available to you.

Granite

One of the most durable countertops on the market, natural granite is heat resistant. Like with any natural product, granite countertops have to be sealed on a yearly basis to keep it shiny, resistant to scratches and staining. Cleaned with mild soap and a soft cloth, this natural stone is available in a variety of earthy colour, every slab one-of-a-kind.

Engineered Quartz

An engineered stone product, quartz countertops are a great option for any kitchen. Resistant to both heat and staining, quartz is easy to clean and doesn’t require any sealing. There are several different Engineered Quartz brands, each supplies slabs in different price, quality and design. The white engineered quartz is very popular as an alternative to marble.

Stainless Steel

A material that’s been popular within professional kitchens for decades, stainless steel countertops are extremely durable, stain resistant and naturally sterile due to the non-absorbent material. It’s an expensive option, but these countertops allow for a modern look that can go with almost any design style. They’re vulnerable to smudges, fingerprints and denting, which is difficult to repair.

Corian

Available in hundreds of colours, textures and patterns, Corian countertops can be made to resemble stone or concrete finishes. It’s resistant to staining, and moisture. Easily repair if damaged, solid surface counters are virtually maintenance free.

Laminate

The cheapest option on this list, laminate countertops are stain resistant and easy to clean. Made of plywood (or particle board) and resin, this durable material is available in hundreds of colours and patterns, with the ability to mimic stone, metal and wood. However, scratches and cracks aren’t easily repaired.

Tile

A classic look for any kitchen, tile countertops come in a wide variety of colours, textures, patterns, making it completely customizable, if not a bit expensive. Although, these counters require a lot of maintenance in terms of keeping the grout stain free, deep cleaning and sealing often. Tiles are also vulnerable to cracking, chipping and staining but somewhat easy to replace.

Wood

Made of solid or eco-friendly reclaimed wood, butcher block countertops need to be sealed or oiled regularly. They’re also vulnerable to staining, heat and moisture, so be careful when choosing this option.

Concrete

Concrete countertops can be finished to resume natural stone. Available in all colours, these countertops can be customized by embedding pieces of tile, glass, shell or whatever you want. During installation, the concrete is poured directly into the kitchen, which is great for dealing with odd shapes and sizes. The only downfalls are that regular maintenance and sealing is required. Concrete is also very heavy and difficult to repair.

At Leenlong Construction, we’re here to listen and help you design the best kitchen for you and your family. Located in Langley, British Columbia, we offer quartz, granite, marble and laminate countertops along with custom-made or premade cabinets, sinks and faucets for a complete kitchen. Our team of experts are here to design and install whatever you need, as well as provide custom-made countertops. Call us today or visit our website at www.leenlong.com.

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