Choosing The Perfect Countertop For Your Kitchen

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There are so many options for choosing a countertop. Not only do you select based on appearance but you should also consider your lifestyle as well. What can you afford, are you able to diligently care for the countertop, do you have littles that spill frequently? Different materials have different pros and cons and we are here to help clarify some items for you:

 

Butcher Block

Butcher Block countertops are formed from wood to create a beautiful natural countertop.

Pros:

  • Handles cutting well and does a good job of hiding scratches
  • Varnished butcher block stain resistant
  • Oil-finished wood heat resistant

Cons:

  • Stains hard to remove in oil-finished wood
  • Require periodic sealing, may require regular oiling

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Concrete

Concrete countertops are one of the newest types of countertop. Homeowners can choose various stamping and staining techniques to personalize their kitchen. A certified pro through Kijenga, Dan and Jacob at Old North Concreteworks here in Saskatoon are the experts when it comes to custom concrete countertops for your home. Post your project and we will introduce you. 

Pros:

  • Custom formed
  • Durable and hard

Cons:

  • Chips & scratches easily
  • Can form hairline cracks
  • Requires regular sealing:
    • Topical sealers protect stains but not heat
    • Penetrating sealers can not protect against stains but can heat

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Granite

Granite is natural stone. It is ground and polished to take on a smooth surface. Because granite is natural each piece is unique. For an amazing selection in Saskatoon, visit Michelangelo Marble & Granite. 

Pros:

  • Heat, cutting and scratching doesn’t harm granite
  • Natural stone for those looking for eco friendly option

Cons:

  • Corners and edges can chip
  • Requires periodic resealing
  • Poor sealing can lead to staining and harboring of bacteria

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Quartz

Quartz is an engineered product. The majority of the composition is natural quartz with binder and color being added to create the countertop. Quartz comes in a variety of colour options for countertops.

Pros:

  • Scratch & stain resistant
  • Durable
  • Doesn’t require sealing

Cons:

  • Not as resistant to heat as some other options
  • Direct sunlight over extended period of time will cause fading
  • Among the most expensive options

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Laminate

Laminate contains particle board core with layers of plastic laminate on top. Laminate has the most extensive selection of colours and patterns.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Large selection
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Scratches easily
  • Not as heat resistant as other options
  • Abrasives ruin appearance

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Marble

A classic, elegant option for a countertop. Marble is natural and each piece is one-of-a-kind.

Pros:

  • Stains removed easily if marble is sealed
  • Nicks and scratches can be polished out
  • Very heat resistant

Cons:

  • Scratches and chips more easily than other countertops
  • Requires periodic resealing,otherwise may stain easily
  • Sensitive to acidic material
  • Expensive

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In the end, you choose what options is best suited to your family. If you’re ready to move forward with your kitchen renovation, post your project for free at Kijenga and we will match you with certified and reputable contractors in Saskatoon! 

 

Sources:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/07/pros-cons-costs-10-countertop-materials/index.htm

https://countertopguides.com/materials.html

8 comments
  • Kit Hannigan
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    I really like how you talked about how a granite countertop will have a unique pattern on it since it is a natural material. My aunt is looking to remodel her kitchen after the holidays, and she mentioned how bored she is of her metal countertops. I’ll definitely share this article with her so she can decide on what material will be best for her.

  • Katie Wilson
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    Thanks for explaining how granite is natural and eco-friendly. It would seem that this kind of material for a countertop would be a really nice look for a home. I’m remodeling my kitchen, so maybe I should consider replacing my current countertops with granite ones.

  • Joy Butler
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    You did a great job of explaining these different kinds of countertops as well as their advantages and disadvantages. It’s actually my Mom who is insisting that we install a new countertop in our kitchen. Since she knew that we have this plan of renovating our home in November, she sent me this article this morning.

  • Ellie Davis
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    My sister is remodeling her kitchen and needing to get a new countertop. Thank you for pointing out that heat doesn’t damage granite. This seems like a great material to use. I’ll have to help her find the best contractor to find the best counter-top for her.

  • Taylor Anderson
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    It’s so cool that heat and cutting doesn’t hurt granite, so it stays look pristine and gorgeous. My kitchen counters are rather old and outdated, so I think that getting new ones would be great. Thanks so much for sharing this great information on the benefits of different types of counters.

  • Katie Wilson
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    Thanks for explaining how marble countertops are heat resistant. This would be nice if you bake a lot and don’t want to get hot pads. My husband and I are looking into getting a new countertop, so maybe marble would be good.

  • Mark Murphy
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    I really appreciate your tip on how marble countertops can have any nicks or dents polished out. My wife and I have been thinking of getting a new kitchen remodel done for her birthday, and we are concerned that we won’t be able to take care of any scratches that our kids do. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and get marble counters to polish out any dents!

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