When customizing your kitchen, it’s important to consider which kind of countertop best suits your needs! Picking a countertop that appeals to your aesthetic and suits your lifestyle can be challenging!
This article by the building experts at Leenan Homes will outline the advantages and disadvantages of various countertop materials so you can make an informed decision before buying a countertop!
We’ve classified the different kinds of countertops into two categories: natural, and engineered or manufactured.
One of the most popular countertop materials in custom homes is granite. It has a massive appeal since it can easily be sourced and is known for its durability. Granite is easy to clean and resistant to heat, stains, and scratches which has contributed to its popularity.
Homeowners also have as many as 3,000 patterns and colour options when choosing granite countertops.
There are relatively few drawbacks to using granite. Granit is a natural material, which means granite slabs may have some flaws. Additionally, because granite is a porous material, it requires a high-quality sealer before use.
Despite its minor drawbacks, granite’s long-lasting nature and diverse colour options have inspired many homeowners to purchase countertops in this material.
Many individuals are drawn to marble countertops because of their clean look and unique veining patterns. While marble is both waterproof and heat resistant, it can be prone to scratches and stains easily. To ensure your marble countertop remains in good shape, you’ll need to seal it regularly.
One of marble’s major drawbacks is its price. Marble is more expensive than other countertop materials, which is why many people choose to use it exclusively for accent features such as islands.
Like marble and granite, limestone is heat resistant. What sets this stone apart from other natural countertop options is its price point. Limestone is, by and large, far more affordable than other natural countertops.
However, limestone is prone to scratches and is very porous. Just like marble, limestone counters must be regularly sealed to preserve their condition.
Quartzite countertops, which differ from engineered quartz countertops on the market, are known for their hardness, durability, and minimal maintenance needs. Unlike other materials which require special cleaners, you can simply use soap and water to keep quartzite looking its best.
Like the other natural stone countertops, Quartzite is heat resistant but it’s recommended that you prevent direct contact with heat by using trivets. Similar to granite, you’ll need to use a quality sealant to preserve quartzite countertops.
Quartzite is ideal for those looking to build a neutral kitchen as its colour palette is limited to off-white and shades of grey.
Quartz countertops are highly durable and stain resistant. Unlike natural countertops, this engineered material rarely has flaws, doesn’t require sealing, and is relatively low maintenance.
Because quartz is manufactured, there is a wide range of colours, patterns, designs, and brands for homeowners to choose from when designing their dream home!
Quartz’s major drawback is that it isn’t heat or impact-resistant. It’s also expensive and heavier than natural stone countertops so it’s critical to be very careful when installing quartz countertops in your kitchen
Concrete countertops are poured-in place which means you’ll never have to worry about unsightly seams. Often, concrete countertops are showcased in modern spaces but can look great in any home. These counters can be tailored to your preference in regards to texture, shape, and color.
While concrete is heat resistant, it is prone to scratches and stains and can be quite expensive. Concrete countertops do require some maintenance and need to be resealed regularly.
What makes wood countertops appealing is their flexible aesthetic. Wood countertops can enhance the look of both traditional homes and modern kitchens.
While they aren’t always budget-friendly, butcher’s block countertops are highly customizable as there are plenty of wood options on the market to choose from.
Wood also provides warmth to spaces, unlike natural or engineered stones. Should stains or nicks appear in your butcher’s block countertops, they’re easy to repair and you can always re-stain your counters for a more polished look.
It’s important to note that butcher’s block countertops require regular sealing and must be properly oiled. These counters are more susceptible to water damage and high moisture levels can cause them to warp if they aren’t properly cared for.
If you’re looking to make a DIY countertop or are interested in a more unique aesthetic, choosing a ceramic or porcelain tile countertop is a great choice! Tiles are easy to maintain, are heat and stain resistant, relatively affordable, and highly durable.
There are nearly endless colour, pattern, and shape options when you’re buying tiles which makes it easy to give your kitchen a customized feel.
Additionally, if one tile on your countertop does break, you can always replace it with another one which is far less costly than replacing the entire countertop.
However, keep in mind that while the tiles themselves are easy to clean, you will also have to clean the grout between them which can be difficult if not completed often.
Most industrial kitchens opt to use stainless steel countertops as they are heat resistant, easy to clean, and require minimal maintenance. If you like modern or industrial styles then stainless steel is a great option!
However, stainless steel is expensive, prone to scratches and dents, and can create loud sounds depending on usage.
Consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing quality countertops! If you’re having trouble deciding on the best countertop material for your home, or are concerned about the installation process, call Leenan Homes today at 306-205-6252.
Our expert team is ready to help you build your dream kitchen!