The choice of a kitchen countertop covering must take into account the use to which it will be put and, of course, the budget available. Here are five coatings that are popular with consumers. To make the right choice, you need to be aware of the limitations of the various materials available on the market.
Laminate remains the most affordable kitchen countertop covering on the market, and manufacturers continue to evolve by offering us not only original color choices but also texture. For example, laminate can imitate stone, and it is sometimes hard to tell! It is even possible to have a molded countertop with straight corners, without joints, or for those who like rounded corners, we can have a molded finish!
- It is sensitive to heat, stains, and scratches.
15 to $30 per square foot
2. Ceramic tile
We have all seen the trend of the 90s and early 2000s with small tile kitchen countertops. It is still seen in many kitchens and bathrooms. The snag is that we hate the many joints that are difficult to clean. But it is possible to use large pieces of ceramic tiles and make very small joints. Whether with small or large tiles, ceramic remains an affordable and resistant choice. In addition, you can easily create a personalized and original look, or a very classic look, depending on your tastes.
- Even when using large tiles, there will be joints. Although there is a wide selection of ceramic tile available at a good price, installation can be costly. Get estimates before proceeding.
15 to $75 per square foot, installed.
Quartz is the kitchen countertop dream of the hour! Highly sought after by consumers for its look and the different color choices offered on the market, this engineered product is remarkable for its durability and look. It is an amalgam of quartz, resin, and pigments of various colors. It can have a uniform neutral appearance, very colorful, or with patterns of all kinds, depending on taste.
- It is expensive and can stain.
60 to $100 per square foot
4. The wooden countertop
Wooden kitchen countertops are very popular for the rustic look they bring. There was a time when the trend was towards butcher’s stall style countertops on which vegetables could be cut without any worries. Today, however, they are preferred in partial installations and wood species with a strong shade are chosen. The big trend is the integration of large tree stumps installed on part of an island countertop, for example.
- Can be very expensive, depending on the origin of the wood, and requires a lot of maintenance.
5. The glass countertop
For lovers of luxury, where the kitchen countertop becomes almost a work of art, some companies specialize in the manufacture of glass countertops. These can be made to measure, and a thickness of about 1 inch to 1 ½ inch. The glass is baked in the oven and can be textured and colored to the taste of the buyers. In 2006, these countertops were awarded the “top five hot new products” award at the Kitchen and Bathroom Design Industry Trade Show in Chicago, the largest and most reputable trade show in the United States!
- Glass can mark and scratch with use, and it is very expensive!
200 per square foot
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff.