Whether you are building a new kitchen, or remodeling an existing one, give careful consideration to your choice of countertop.
Your countertops will be the first thing that people notice about your kitchen, and they can set the tone for your whole design scheme!
But with so many choices now available from which to choose, where do you start? Why, right here, of course!
We can guide you through all of the options, materials, colour schemes and textures. Contact us for more information
Choice of Materials.
Naturally, when you are choosing a kitchen countertop, the material of which it’s made will be your first, and most important, consideration.
To find the ideal material for your kitchen, determine how it will be used and how much you have to spend.
Laminate countertops have been the tried-and-true option for many homeowners for several decades.
They consist of many layers of particle board, which is then bonded to a plastic, colored veneer.
Laminates are very inexpensive, sturdy and come in a range of colours.
However, they do have visible seams, and if they are damaged, they’re difficult to repair since the color is on the very uppermost layer only.
Laminate countertops are not heat resistant, so you must always protect the surface from hot pots and pans.
Such as, slate, limestone and soapstone. Depending upon the look that you want for your kitchen, you may want to investigate these options.
They tend to be less expensive than granite or marble, although still more expensive than man-made materials. In general, most natural stone tends to be heat-resistant, although not to the same degree as granite or stainless steel.
Granite is the classic, enduring choice.
The advantages of granite are many – it doesn’t chip easily, it’s heat and stain-resistant, is more low-maintenance than other natural stone materials and offers a depth of design that’s difficult to match with synthetic materials. Even though it’s considered relatively low maintenance, it will need to be sealed once a year to prevent it from absorbing stains and odours.
Marble is another classic choice.
It’s softer than granite, so it needs to be sealed more often – usually twice a year.
Like granite, marble is very resistant to heat. Another way that it’s similar to granite is in price – but expect to pay even more for marble.
Stainless steel countertops proclaim to the world that you are a serious cook.
They are non-porous, and therefore do not absorb odors, stains or germs, which also makes them easy to clean.
They are not damaged by high temperatures, so you can set hot pans down directly on the countertop.
Once you’ve decided on a surfacing material, you’ll need to choose a color. If you think that resale value may be a consideration at some point in the future, you’ll want to keep your choice fairly low-key. However, if your only goal is to have your kitchen reflect your personality, choose any color you like! If you choose a countertop in an unusual color or create a boisterous ceramic tile mosaic, make that the focal point of your kitchen and keep other furnishings neutral. Also, consider whether your kitchen is visible to other areas of the house. Although a kitchen with bright red countertops may make a bold design statement, this may not be the first thing you want visitors to see when they enter your home. Then again, it may be exactly the tone you want to set -we can help you to make that decision before the countertops are installed!
Other factors to consider when choosing a countertop are how well they will blend with your cabinets and flooring and how appropriate a choice is compared to the style and architecture of your home. For instance, even if you love the look of stainless steel, it probably won’t blend in well in your traditional, farmhouse-style kitchen, and turquoise-blue laminate countertops will never look right with your dark cherry cupboards.
Choosing a countertop is an opportunity to let your personality shine in the kitchen you’ve designed, so remember to enjoy the process!