Countertops

December 16, 2017

 

 

Quartz

Pros:

Being an engineered material rather than a natural stone, quartz is not porous and is unlikely to be stained. This with its abrasion resistance, makes it a very easy cleanable surface with no maintenance. Also due to its being engineered, quartz comes in a great variety of colors, patterns, and designs. 

 

Cons:

Quartz is not nearly as heat and impact resistant as natural stone. Being heavier than real stone, special installation and proper structural support is important. Lastly, quartz is not recommended for exterior/fireplace use.

Quartzite

Pros:

Quartzite, not to be confused with quartz, is a natural stone. Being such, it is a very hard natural stone, known for its durability. Cleaning quartzite is simple as well, without need for special cleaners. soap and water work well. 

 

Cons:

Natural stone, such as Quartzite cannot stand high heat, pot holders and trivets are required to protect the countertops from direct heat. Knives also pose a threat, as quartzite is quick to marks if not using a cutting board. Being a natural stone, the color options are less varied than engineered, ranging from white to grey. 

Marble

Pros:

This classic, bright white is beautiful and is not available in other natural stones. Marble stays quite cool and can withstand high temperatures.

 

Cons:

Marble is very easy to scratch as it is a quite soft stone. Acidic foods such as lemons and certain cleaners will remove polish from the stone's finish. It is also recommended that reseal your marble every six months. 

Granite

Pros:

Granite countertops add value to homes, they are also very sanitary, being such a hard stone bacterial contamination is never a problem. It is also impervious to heat, trivets and pot holders are not required.

 

Cons:

Every slab of granite is different, which can effect the uniformity of kitchen counters. Being so heavy, granite often requires structural support. Also after gluing granite to cabinets, it is very difficult to remove and usually can result in damage to the cabinets.

Recycled Glass

Pros:

This resin-based countertop material is nonporous and doesn't require sealing, which is also easier to clean and maintain. Some recycled glass counters contain 100% recycled glass rather than a mix of new and recycled. These counters resist heat and scratches.

 

Cons:

If you choose cement-based recycled glass countertops, they will need to be sealed often. Impact can cause pieces of glass to be knocked loose and fall out. 

Concrete

Pros:

Due to the process of making concrete countertops, it is possible to have an entire kitchen completely without seams. Although concrete can crack, it is possible to patch these cracks up. When concrete countertops are sealed with a high quality sealant, they are highly durable.

 

Cons:

Without proper sealing, concrete is very susceptible to stains and scratches. Abrasive cleaners and scrubbers can damage the sealer, which needs to be resealed every one to three years. Another risk that comes with this material is cracking, which can happen because of pressure or the natural settling of the house.

Butcher Block

Pros:

Wood countertops go well with nearly all styles, and provide plenty of options. Maple, cherry, oak, birch, teak, etc. Each type of wood has a different design and color. Wood has warmth, not only in appearance but it is also warmer to the touch than stone.

 

Cons:

Wood countertops need to be properly sealed with a high quality sealant. If not, it becomes a porous surface where germs are sure to multiply. Water damage is also a likely possibility if homeowners are not careful. 

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