How to choose the right

Countertop

that work for your space?

COUNTERTOPS

Countertop selection can be confusing & overwhelming when you begin as there are a variety of materials, colours and trim available.  Begin by identifying your priorities including durability, cost and style?

It is likely you spend a lot of time in your kitchen as it is the heart of the home.  Often people spend a lot of time focusing on the layout of the kitchen cabinets, sink etc, but countertops and aesthetic are just as important.  Countertops are the canvas on which one creates food art.

As overwhelming countertop material may be, I suggest you begin by identifying your top priorities.  Is a material cost effective? Is the material durable? Cost? Style? Colour?

The three main countertop options: Quartz material, Natural material and Non-porous material.

 

QUARTZ

This category includes material defined as natural or engineered stone, the latter being made from about 95 percent natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins. You might recognize brand names such as CaesarStone, SileStone, Cambria and Zodiac to name a few.

NATURAL

 This includes granite, marble, limestone and wood.  These types of material require some maintenance and will age over time.  They won’t look perfect and brand new forever, but in my opinion, this is par of what makes natural material and interesting and viable option to consider.  

NONPOROUS

 Non-porous surfaces can vary greatly, including laminate, stainless steel, glass, tile and acrylic surfaces such as Corian.  These materials offer various qualities but the unifying characteristic is that they are all manufactured materials and are all are considered non-porus. 

There are advantages and disadvantages to any countertop material chosen, so it is important to explore the reasons for choosing one material over another with your professional designer. Simply put it is important to remember to plan, set priorities and work with a professional and reputable company.

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