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4 Kitchen Countertops and Its Pros and Cons

 

Have you had your kitchen for the longest time? If you think that it needs a makeover, you can simply achieve that by replacing your fitted kitchen countertop. It may not be as expensive as replacing or remodelling your whole fitted kitchen but it can tremendously change the way you look at it. Moreover, you will have improved functionality.

 

While there are a whole lot of options for fitted kitchen countertop materials, there are some materials that will likely suit a lot of homes no matter the kind of work done in the kitchen. To help you make the list a bit smaller, here are 4 kitchen countertops with its pros and cons.

 

1. Granite

 

Granite is one of the many common fitted kitchen countertops used by homeowners. Granite has a crystalline structure so it has small crevices on its mineral surface. Its pattern or movement is not uniform because it is a natural product.

 

Pros: Granite is extremely durable, resistant against cold and heat, scratch resistant, available in various colours, and can last for years.

 

Cons: Difficult to repair if it gets chipped, must be professionally installed, and discoloration may happen.

 

2. Wood

Wooden countertops are classic. They are often associated with French style kitchens and Shaker kitchens because of their simplicity.

 

Pros: Wooden countertops are gentle on glassware and other fragile kitchen equipment, good for chopping, gives off a clean and warm look.

 

Cons: with these countertops, you can expect for it to be easily damaged by spills and burns, scratches, needs regular maintenance, requires food-safe protective sealer, discoloration is possible, and can be damaged by water.

 

3. Quartz

According to Wikipedia, "quartz is the most-abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust." It has the same strength as granite however quartz is more flexible.

 

Pros: Resistant against mildew and moulds, it has a uniform colour appearance, durable, resistant against many kinds of stains, and does not require sealing.

 

Cons: It must be professionally installed, it can be damaged by high heat temperatures and long exposure to heat, can be damaged by typical oven cleaners and floor strippers.

 

4. Soapstone

Historically, soapstone has been used for inlaid designs, coasters, sculptures, and even kitchen countertops. Because of its many good qualities, it can be used for various things and will last for years.

 

Pros: It has strength and durability, touch against stains, impact, and heat, is acid and alkali resistant, famous for its grey colour, and feels matte.

 

Cons: Soapstone needs regular maintenance, may be vulnerable to chips and scratches, and its colour may darken in time.

 

Now that you have read their pros and cons, you should be able to find what you are looking for. Stay tuned for more fitted kitchen tips for your home.

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