Types Of Countertop Materials
Part of the fun in remodeling is picking out your finishes like countertops. What you choose is going to depend on personal taste, budget, lifestyle, and what you expect out of the product. That decision should be easy, right? You may think so until you start researching. There are easily 25+ diverse materials on the market for countertops.
In this article, we will show the differences in the most popular countertops. Though we will not discuss every product, we do have a chart that will help you if you are interested in one that may not be covered. Here is some great product information before you contact a Boynton Beach remodeling company. So let’s get started.
If you are looking for a natural material, you have quite a few options. Your choices include granite, soapstone, marble, quartzite, slate, limestone, travertine, and wood.
Depending on your definition of what green is, you could call these products green, too. But we will go over other green alternatives in case you are looking for something unique.
Natural options have lots of pros and cons. So for a few pros, these are heat resistant. You do not need to worry about putting hot pots and pans directly on them. The surface will not scorch or burn. They are genuine natural stones.
With all of these types of products, you have the option to choose an under-mount sink. During fabrication, the stone is then precisely measured and cut to fit any type or size sink.
Now let’s go over some cons. While the majority are scratch-resistant, marble, limestone, travertine, and soapstone are not. Another thing to point out is that not all are resistant to chemicals. These include marble, limestone, travertine, and wood.
Only some of these are considered low maintenance, and will not be a seamless product when installed. If you are looking for a non-porous product, your choices are soapstone and granite. Also, if this type of countertop is damaged, there is no easy repair.
Then we come to manufactured products that are a lot of fun. The reason why we say that is you have a much larger variety of colors and patterns you can pick.
Included in these products are Formica, Corian, and quartz. Out of these 3, Formica is the most affordable, and comes in a large variety of colors, and has the option of a coved backsplash.
These are all low maintenance. You may choose an under-mount sink with Both Corian and quartz. Along with this, they are non-porous and come in a wide range of colors. Also, these products are in the mid to high-end price range.
For those who are building green or would like to choose environmentally friendly products, you do have recycled glass, concrete, bamboo butcher block, recycled porcelain tile, recycled paper, and so much more.
With green products, you will notice when getting pricing, it has the broadest range. But, if the environment is of greater importance to you than cost, you have a large variety of choices.
But something to consider is that most green products are not heat resistant, stain-resistant, or porous, and can scratch. Because these products are manufactured by machines or handmade, the end design will not be seamless.
We know this a lot of information to take in, so to help, we have created this materials chart to show the differences at a glance.
Here is a helpful resource when you are remodeling to find a cost range for all different types of countertops. https://countertopguides.com/guides/how-much-do-different-countertops-cost.html
Design, Budget, Build Process
We are so glad you chose Benchmark Design Remodel. Our interior designers will help you make the best choice in selections that will fit your lifestyle, budget, and design. This is the first step of our Design, Budget, Build process of all of our remodeling projects.
Contact us today or chat with us online to schedule a design consultation. Let us help you feel confident about your choice with help from a professional designer. Our goal is to make you feel good at home!