The Best Types of Kitchen Countertops

If you’re getting ready to do a kitchen remodel, you’re probably feeling the pressure of finding the perfect countertop material. Not only do you need something that suits your lifestyle and your budget, but you also have to love the way it looks. After all, this is something that you’re going to have in your home for quite a long time.

But there are so many options when you’re considering kitchen countertops. From natural stone to engineered stone to other materials, the list can seem endless. At Legacy Tile & Granite, the best countertop options for a kitchen that we offer include granite, marble, and quartz—and that’s what this article will focus on in the hopes of narrowing down your search.

You probably have a lot of questions, and we have the answers.

Your Kitchen Countertop

When it comes to making the final decision on which material you install, there are a few factors to keep in mind:

– color, design, and style
– size and shape of the material
– compatibility with a backsplash or kitchen island
– durability and maintenance level
– total cost, from initial payment to maintenance costs

Now let’s go over the top three materials to use for kitchen countertops.

Granite

Kitchen countertops made of granite have been the top choice for homeowners for a number of years. The reason people love this stone so much is that it’s a beautiful natural choice with unique designs that can’t be replicated. Every slab is one of a kind; quite literally, no two granite slabs are exactly alike.

Granite is a very hard, durable material that can hold its own against heat, which makes it a great option for busy families that don’t have time to worry about the state of their countertops. It is nearly impossible to scratch granite, as it’s more likely to dull your knife than show signs of wear. Chipping is possible, especially around the edges and sink cutouts, but it’s not likely unless you drop a heavy object, like a cast iron pan.

Granite countertops require sealant and periodic resealing, but the process is simple, and it will help your countertop last for generations and remain impervious to damage.

Quartz

Quartz kitchen countertops are slowly sneaking up on granite in terms of popularity. The reason they are so well-loved is that they are durable, low maintenance, and tough. Unlike granite, they are not a natural stone—instead, these countertops are made of engineered stone. They are composed mostly of natural quartz, but the small added percentage of polymers and resins seal quartz’s pores and create a sealant so you don’t have to do it manually.

Even though quartz countertops are durable, the resins included do not stand up well against heat. For this reason, we always recommend placing a hot pad or trivet underneath hot kitchen items to prevent scorching.

Another great thing about quartz countertops is that they have the ability to mimic the look of almost any natural stone. Only a trained eye will know the difference, and you can enjoy a much lower degree of maintenance paired with the gorgeous aesthetics.

Marble

Marble kitchen countertops are timeless and delicate. They are available in both polished and honed finishes, and they are typically the first choice when a homeowner is looking for a sophisticated aesthetic.

Marble is a softer stone than granite, which means it needs to be handled more carefully. It’s also known for being more porous, which means that a good sealant is required. Even if the countertop is sealed, it has the potential to stain, so make sure to wipe up spills quickly and avoid using acidic substances on your marble.

What’s Best for Your Kitchen

Regarding your choice of material, the final decision rests on your shoulders—but Legacy Tile & Granite is here to help. To talk more about installing a kitchen countertop in your home, get in touch with us today.

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