Top Picks For Kitchen Countertops

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There are many options available to use for the countertops when designing custom kitchens. The choice that you will make is based on factors including the type of material, the cost, and your budget.

Granite
This is the most common option for a countertop in a kitchen if you can afford the cost. The benefits of this material for a countertop is the ability to resist heat, is available in a range of colors, and it will last the life of your home. Sealers that are used on the stone make the material maintenance free. Wiping by using a clean cloth is all that is necessary to clean the surface.

Engineered Stone
The stone is made up of particles of quartz and other materials. You can select from more color options than granite. This material is nonporous that is resistant to scratching. Cleaning is the same as a granite countertop and does not require any type of sealer. The cost is often more than other options.

Ceramic Tile
A countertop that is made of ceramic tile is the same as that used for flooring. The material is also easy to clean and is very durable. Individual pieces are laid to create the countertop surface. You may hire a contractor to install the tiles or you can do the job yourself. There are many color options available and are also easy to clean.

Laminate
This is synthetic material that is laid on top of a wood surface. You can order the countertop or buy one at a local home improvement store. The countertop can easily be cut to any size that is needed. You can find laminate countertops in a variety of colors. This is also the least expensive option for a countertop.

Butcher Block
Butcher block is a countertop that is made from wood and is available in a variety of finishes. They are made from hardwoods including maple and oak. The surface is smooth and easily cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. You will need to have the surface sealed to prevent staining.

Stainless Steel
This is a great choice for a countertop if you want an industrial look in your kitchen. They are resistant to heat and will last the life of your kitchen. Precise measurements are needed to create a surface that is free of seams. Hot pots can be placed on the surface and need to be wiped clean.

Marble 
Marble is an expensive option that is not common for large countertops. This material is used primarily for small areas, such as an island in the kitchen. The surface is waterproof and can stain easily. A sealer is needed to prevent staining.

Concrete
Concrete can be poured directly on the counter in your kitchen. A form can also be made of the counter to cast the new surface outside. Tint can be added to the mix to create a specific color. The surface will be resistant to heat and scratching. A sealer is needed to prevent any water penetration.

This guest post was provided on behalf of Renovantage, general contractors providing quality custom kitchens Toronto renovations.

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