Choosing the right kitchen countertop can be a challenge. There are so many different materials to choose from, and each material has its own unique set of pros and cons.
The best way to figure out which material is suitable for you is by comparing all your options side-by-side in an accessible, visual format that makes it easy to compare them against each other. That’s why we created this list of the best kitchen countertops for your home in 2022.
Our team at EJB Home Improvement spent months researching over 30 different types of countertop materials, including wood, stone, concrete, glass, and metal, before creating our list of the top five most popular choices for homes across America today based on current trends as well as expected future trends (which will become more common). We cover everything from pricing to installation tips, so you know exactly what you’re getting into when choosing one type of material over another. You’ll also learn about some less common but still viable options that you may not have considered.
Laminate: Laminate countertops are produced by combining a top layer of composite material with a tough resin called melamine. They are inexpensive to buy, easy to maintain, and can mimic the look of almost any other type of countertop material. However, they are less heat resistant than most other materials, so you’ll have to be careful when handling hot items.
Pros: Laminate countertops can mimic almost any other type of material and are very easy to clean. They are also low-maintenance, inexpensive, scratch-resistant, heat-resistant up to 300°F (149°C), and do not need to be resealed or waxed like stone or tile.
Cons: If you use a cutting board, laminate will scratch easily. They are also less heat-resistant than other types of countertops (up to 300°F (149°C)), which means you’ll have to use trivets when cooking hot items.
Granite: Granite countertops are formed when lava is cooled very slowly over millions of years, creating a patterned exterior with natural veining. Because each granite tile is unique, no two pieces will be alike. They are available in various colors that include earthy neutrals to bolder hues such as deep reds and purples. In addition, they are resistant to heat, scratches, stains, and most common household chemicals.
Pros: Granite countertops come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and will never go out of style. This material is also durable and can withstand high heat (up to 536°F (280°C) and chemical corrosion. It is also non-porous, so it will not trap or absorb dirt and grime like other countertop materials.
Cons: Installing granite tile can be expensive, mainly if it entails removing existing tiles. Granite also has less give to it than most other types of material and may not be suitable for homes with very young children.
When it comes to granite countertops, stick with the simple ones. You can change how your kitchen feels by changing finishes!
Marble: Like granite, marble is an igneous rock formed when lava cools slowly over millions of years. It has a rich pattern of veins and veining throughout the tile, but you can also find it in solid white or a range of other neutral colors. Marble is dense, but it can still be chipped if not handled with care.
Marble is a timeless classic that will stand the test of time. It has more muted tones and smaller veins, while statuary marble offers a brighter white background with thicker patterning on its surface to make it stands out even further than before!
Pros: Marble has a luxurious look and feels that’s perfect for master suites or formal living areas in the home. It also offers a unique character you won’t find in most other types of countertops, especially when it comes in a wide variety of colors.
Cons: Marble is porous, so that it will require more maintenance than other types of countertops. It can also be susceptible to discoloration from dye transfer if spills are not cleaned up quickly. Marble is also less heat-resistant than different materials (up to 536°F (280°C)) and even more fragile than granite or quartz.
Engineered Stone: Engineered stone is a composite material made of natural minerals combined with resins and pigments to create countertops that resemble natural stone. It comes in various patterns and colors, including earthy neutrals, brown, tan, and black.
Pros: Engineered stone counters are easy to care for (just like laminate countertops), but they look like natural stone. It is also available in various colors and patterns to suit almost any kitchen style, including rich neutrals or bolder hues such as deep reds and purples.
Cons: Although synthetic, the engineered stone may contain some natural minerals. This means it can be susceptible to staining from mineral deposits or dye transfer if not cleaned up immediately. It’s also more expensive than other types of countertops and may have seams between each tile that catch dirt and grime.
The best countertop material for your kitchen in 2022 will depend on several factors. One factor may be the cost; another might be how easy it is to maintain and clean. In this article, we’ve gone over what some of these options are, as well as their pros and cons, so you can make an educated decision about which one will work best for you! To help with that process, don’t hesitate to contact us at EJB Home Improvement today by calling (954) 319-1422 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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