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 countertops are formed from wood to create a beautiful natural countertop.
- Handles cutting well and does a good job of hiding scratches
- Varnished butcher block stain resistant
- Oil-finished wood heat resistant
- Stains hard to remove in oil-finished wood
- Require periodic sealing, may require regular oiling
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.
- Custom formed
- Durable and hard
- 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
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.
- Heat, cutting and scratching doesn’t harm granite
- Natural stone for those looking for eco friendly option
- Corners and edges can chip
- Requires periodic resealing
- Poor sealing can lead to staining and harboring of bacteria
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.
- Scratch & stain resistant
- Doesn’t require sealing
- Not as resistant to heat as some other options
- Direct sunlight over extended period of time will cause fading
- Among the most expensive options
Laminate contains particle board core with layers of plastic laminate on top. Laminate has the most extensive selection of colours and patterns.
- Large selection
- Easy to clean
- Scratches easily
- Not as heat resistant as other options
- Abrasives ruin appearance
A classic, elegant option for a countertop. Marble is natural and each piece is one-of-a-kind.
- Stains removed easily if marble is sealed
- Nicks and scratches can be polished out
- Very heat resistant
- Scratches and chips more easily than other countertops
- Requires periodic resealing,otherwise may stain easily
- Sensitive to acidic material
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!