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Top 5 Materials for Kitchen Countertops
When searching for a new kitchen counter for your Maryland home, you have many choices. To give you a hand, we’ve selected what we feel are the top 5 materials for kitchen countertops that will add life and value to your space. Let’s take a look, shall we?
One of the most popular countertop choices is granite. This is because granite slabs are colorful, unique, and incredibly durable. Granite are igneous rocks mined from the earth, come in thousands of different shades, and no two slabs are the same. Granite countertops are heat resistant and almost as tough as diamonds. If properly sealed and installed, they will last forever. You can clean a sealed granite counter with soap and water.
Quartz is an engineered countertop material that combines 93% natural quartz with man-made resin to create a stunning, maintenance-free surface. Quartz can come in nearly any color you can imagine and never needs sealant. It’s stain, scratch, and acid-resistant, and because quartz is non-porous, it’s also perfect for commercial applications. Quartz is an excellent choice for modern kitchens that want something dramatically different.
Soapstone has been used in homes for centuries for a reason: it’s elegant, dense, and resilient. In fact, it’s the only stone surface you don’t have to worry about putting a hot pan on and ruining the finish. Soapstone can be oiled to enhance the beauty, but is not necessary for daily care. Most soapstone comes in lights greens or greys; unlike other stones, you can also opt for a slightly rougher texture.
An innovative choice in kitchen countertops are ones that incorporate recycled materials. These eco-friendly countertops often use glass or concrete to stunning effect. They are LEEDs certified and can simulate stones like terrazzo.
Marble as a countertop material is always a popular choice because its ancient legacy still resonates today. While there is still danger of scratches and stains, in recent years sealers have become technologically very advanced and stain protection has increaseddramatically. The demand for marble countertops is growing every day.
This is just a general overview of the wide variety of materials available to you for your home. Artelye Marble & Granite have all these materials and more for you to choose from.
We have two showroom locations, one in Beltsville, Maryland and the other in Raleigh, North Carolina. This helps us service the entire mid-Atlantic region with quartz, stone, tile, and other materials for kitchens and bathrooms.
Would you like to learn more about the pros and cons of each material? Give us a call today and talk to a representative.
Taylor AndersonJuly 31, 2018, 2:28 pm REPLY
My kitchen is really old, so I’ve been wanting to remodel it. However, I haven’t been sure which material to use for my countertops. It’s really nice that quartz is stain and scratch resistant, as I often watch young children in my home. I’ll be certain to keep this article in mind as I plan out my kitchen remodel.
SarahJanuary 31, 2019, 1:46 pm REPLY
Thanks for the great info about quartz countertops! I have a quartz counter in my kitchen and absolutely love it!!
Sam LiMay 3, 2019, 2:09 pm REPLY
I like what you shared about soapstone and how it is elegant, dense, and durable. Picking the right material is of the utmost importance when installing a countertop. My wife and I want to remodel our kitchen, so we’ll seek out a service that specializes in countertop installation.