STYLING YOUR KITCHEN: CHOOSING THE RIGHT COUNTERTOP MATERIAL
Kitchen countertops say a lot about a room. The material that you choose can also have various benefits and maintenance factors to keep in mind. To help you understand the different types of countertops in Atlanta, here’s our list of the pros and cons found with these common kitchen counter options.
When it comes to aesthetics, granite is a lovely surface style to choose and comes in a variety of colors that can coordinate with the style and tone of your kitchen. It is also an incredibly durable, low maintenance material that can stand up to knife cuts, splashes, heat, and in general wear incredibly well. To keep it from getting any pesky stains, granite needs to be sealed every 1-5 years depending on porosity of the stone. It’s also a pretty heavy material, so you’ll need strong, sturdy wood to support these countertops well.
Quartzite is a naturally occurring form of sandstone, created with extreme heat and pressure in the earth’s crust. It is then mined and cut into slabs that later can become perfectly polished and cut kitchen countertops. This material is sealed to maintain its color and achieve brilliant shine. Fully quartzite countertops are generally gray or white, and any other colors signal the presence of other minerals or iron oxide.
Quartzite is also an extremely durable material that can stand up to heat well. However, it needs to be sealed properly and resealed about every year to keep stains away.
When it comes to kitchen elegance, marble is the pinnacle of countertop materials in appearance. It has a soft sheen that can’t be beat, and the color and style options are varied enough to allow you to get creative. It works well for baking because the marble usually stays cool. If you go with white marble, you’ll want to watch out for pesky stains from deep reds like grape juice and red sauces. If you do spill, clean it up immediately with a marble-specific cleaner.
While it sounds like quartzite, these two materials are very different. This is an often forgotten countertop material, but it’s pretty popular as a balance between the sheen and elegance of marble with durability. It’s not quite as elegant overall, but it does come in a wide variety of colors to choose from. Quartz is also very easy to maintain and doesn’t require harsh chemicals to clean.
Depending on the quality that you get, it can appear manufactured and not as natural in your kitchen. Since quartz countertops are manmade of synthetic material and natural silicon dioxide with loose quartz, finding the best quality is essential.
There are a few more surfacing options out there, such as soapstone and slate; this is just an introductory list. No matter your budget, we can help you find the right countertop material for your kitchen. Of the materials we offer, granite has the lowest starting price tag, followed by marble, quartz, then quartzite. All materials have a range of prices, and if you’re looking for a budget-conscious material, you may want to stick with level one or level two granite choices,
Hopefully you feel better equipped and those creative juices are flowing, getting you even closer to the ideal types of countertops in Atlanta for your home.