How to choose kitchen countertops

December 23, 2014

A new kitchen countertop can cost you both time and money. Before investing in your new renovation, here are some tips to help you choose the right countertop for your kitchen.

How to choose kitchen countertops

Questions to ask yourself

When thinking about how to choose kitchen countertops, here are some basic things to ask yourself:

  • How much do you want to spend?
  • Do you like putting hot plates or pots directly on the counter?
  • Do you like to cut things directly on the counter?
  • What colour counter will go with the rest of your kitchen?
  • Do you want your countertop to be the pièce de résistance of the room?

Kitchen countertop options

Here are some popular types of kitchen countertops:

Granite: This is a very popular choice for those who can afford it. It’s one of the most durable types of counters, and it looks fantastic. Plus, there are many colours to choose from. It’s also low maintenance, doesn’t scratch or stain easily.

Stainless steel: This is often used in restaurant kitchens, because it is great for preparing food on (including chopping) and is easily cleaned. Plus, it’s not too expensive. The downside of stainless steel is that it can be damaged more easily than some of the other countertops.

Laminate: This is one of the least expensive types of countertops, which means you’re very likely to find it in many Canadian homes. It’s waterproof and does not require a lot of maintenance. However, it’s not heatproof and it can crack and scratch more easily than the more durable countertop options.

Marble: These countertops can be some of the most beautiful, and they won’t chip or dent. But they can be scratched and they can be quite expensive. To keep a marble counter in good condition, you need to seal it at least a couple of times a year.

Quartz: These counters look a lot like natural stone and are comparably durable to counters made of granite, but they aren’t as expensive. Plus, they require less regular maintenance to keep them looking fantastic. Another bonus of quartz is that it comes in many colours and patterns.

How to choose

Ultimately, you need to choose something that suits your lifestyle, preferences and also your budget. Get samples of the different materials before making your choice and don't make a rash decision. This can save you a lot of frustration down the line.

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