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How to choose the right kitchen countertop

 

How to choose the right kitchen countertop


In a kitchen, the choice of your countertop is important because it is your work surface. The countertop is a must to make your kitchen functional and inviting. With all the products available on the market, there is no doubt that you will find what you need.

Would you like to change your kitchen countertop? It is offered in different materials, all with advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss the most popular products on the market such as laminate, quartz, granite, wood, ceramic and marble.

The kitchen countertop must be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. It is also important to respect the style of the kitchen by choosing a well-designed countertop. In a kitchen, the countertop is a necessary work surface. Treat yourself to a reliable and resistant product that can stand the test of time.

Laminate

This product is very popular with Quebecers and has many advantages. The laminate countertop is a mixture of materials and resin. What makes this product so attractive is the wide selection of colors, finishes and textures. In addition, laminate imitates very well other more prestigious materials such as marble, quartz or granite. This product is durable, resistant and very versatile: it adapts very well to all types of kitchens. Laminate is very economical and affordable.

Because of its relief and finish, laminate countertops can be difficult to maintain. Grease and other traces are harder to remove. It is also less resistant to heat. You will not be able to put a freshly baked dish on it. If damaged, laminate is difficult to repair.

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Quartz

Quartz is currently highly prized by Quebec designers. This product is composed of stone particles, resin and colour. Quartz is offered in many colours: it will match your kitchen perfectly. This material is very resistant to heat and stains. It is therefore easy to maintain. The appearance of quartz is unique and its finish is impeccable. Unlike granite, no sealant is required to ensure its protection.

Over time, the corners and edges of the quartz countertop can deteriorate. The price of quartz does not correspond to all budgets: its price is rather high.

Granite

Granite is a natural stone available in several solid colours. This material is very resistant to stains and heat. You can choose between two finishes: polished or matte. Don’t rely on a simple sample! The colour of granite can vary. This type of countertop must be installed by a certified installer.

To better resist stains and heat, a sealer must be applied to the granite. The speckled appearance of granite could, in the long run, irritate you.

Wood

Wood offers cachet like no other material on the market: it gives warmth to any kitchen. It’s best to choose a hardwood such as maple: it will last longer. A wood countertop can be varnished, stained or oiled; in any case, it will keep its unique appearance. Wood is available in a variety of colours, species and grains.

Wood is more easily scratched and damaged. However, it can be repaired with a small sandblast. Wood maintenance is a little more laborious than other products.

Ceramics

This product is very versatile: it can be found on floors, countertops, walls… Ceramic is less expensive than other natural stones such as granite or quartz. It is available in many styles and colours. Ceramic is very resistant to heat, water and scratches.

It is recommended to make smaller joints and to apply a sealer on the grout to prevent stains. Ceramic tiles are fragile and can crack if a heavy object falls on the countertop.

Marble

Marble is a natural stone offering a prestigious and refined finish. This material goes well with an elegant and classic kitchen. Marble is sold in a multitude of colours ranging from black to white. Since it is a porous surface, it is important to apply a sealer. More exhaustive maintenance requires the intervention of a professional.

Marble stains easily if it is not well maintained with an appropriate sealer. This material can also undergo a small variation in colour.

Would you like more storage space in your kitchen? Have you considered installing a kitchen island? This one allows you to optimize your storage while providing you with an additional work surface. Learn more about kitchen islands.

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