Lucette Gallois. Countertop. October 17th , 2017.
Today‘s kitchen countertops come in many materials, colors and styles, so how do you choose what‘s right for you. Here‘s what to consider when buying kitchen countertops including function, what looks good in your room and budget. Although granite has been popular for many years, the latest trends in countertop surfaces include soapstone, solid surface and laminate. Decorative and durable, these surfaces range from affordable to expensive and glossy to matte, all to fit your kitchen‘s needs.
Soapstone, which was used in lab classrooms, is known for its heavy-duty durability and works well as the current trend is a honed finish (without a high gloss shine like most granite countertops). Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and may darken and/or crack over time. It‘s susceptible to stains without polish, you can scratch it with your fingernail (many people don‘t mind that) and it‘s comparable in price to granite.
Practically maintenance free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant and, thanks to their non-porous surface, don‘t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz typically ranks close in popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.
You may be surprised to know that sustainable surfaces (think recycled glass, bamboo, concrete and even recycled paper) can also be attractive, high-quality and easy on the budget.
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