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Feb 03, 2016Choosing the Right Kitchen Counter Surface

With so many options on the market, it's hard to know which counter top material is best for your kitchen. One may look amazing, but not meet your needs. Let's take a look at a few of the most popular options on the market.

Granite

This option has become an industry standard. Granite is available in a variety of colors and gorgeous patterns. It stands up well to heat, accidental nicks, splashes and other types of wear. It needs to be resealed periodically to avoid stains. Due to its weight, granite must be supported by very sturdy cabinet boxes.

Solid Surface

Solid surfacing is commonly referred to as Corian. These are primarily made from acrylic or polyester. It's nonporous and practically maintenance free. It doesn't stand up to heat or scratches as well as Granite, but damage can easily be sanded out. You can find solid surface in colors and patterns ranging from subtle to vibrant. But if you prefer a natural look, solid surface may not be for you.

Quartz

This type of counter is made from tinted quartz chips and resin. It combines the beauty of stone surfaces and low maintenance of solid surface. Since it's engineered, you can find quartz in a broad range of colors and patterns. It doesn't feature the natural variegation of granite, which may be a turnoff.

Marble

Marble is an elegant, traditional choice for natural stone counters. It's nothing short of stunning. It holds up well against heat, but is very susceptible to stains, scratches and chips. For this reason, it's often limited to select areas of the kitchen.

Stainless Steel

A long-standing commercial kitchen staple that's become popular in residences. Stainless steel counters are virtually indestructible. It's also resistant to heat and bacteria. However it can dent and become quite loud when dishes or pots and pans are moved around the surface. Due to the more industrial look of this material, it's better suited in a contemporary, modern or industrial-style kitchen.

Laminate

A budget-friendly option made from paper, resin and particle board. It's easy to clean and doesn't require sturdy cabinet boxes like stone and other heavy counters. But this comes at a price: Laminate is susceptible to stains, scratches, burns and water damage.

Selecting the best material, color and design that suits your budget can be exhausting. If you're in the Chicago area and are unsure of which type of counter to choose for your kitchen, contact Curtain Call Creations to schedule an appointment! Let's discuss your needs and style.