When it comes to choosing new countertops for your kitchen, you have many different options available to you. Just think for a second about all of the different materials on offer, such as marble, granite, wood, quartz, glass, laminate, soapstone, stainless steel and more. Each different type of materials has its own benefits and drawbacks. While many people want the best countertops for durability and longevity, if you are operating on a budget, you might have to make some compromises.
Laminate countertops are generally considered the least expensive option. They are low-maintenance and available in a variety of styles to mimic the appearance of more expensive surfaces like marble and granite. However, they can scratch and peal, and they are not resistant to extreme heat. When it comes to durability and longevity, laminate countertops would not be ranked that highly in a list of the best materials.
Whether you are living in a high-end building or an older home, countertops can usually be replaced and repaired. In modern buildings and condos, you generally are seeing white countertops or a light marble. This is common in places like Miami where design is fun and bright, leaving the main parts of the home a nice crisp white with modern furniture usually a tone of white as well, with colorful pops of accessories. West Palm furniture is different in the fact that it usually incorporates nice brown tones with wicker and rattan furnishings, giving away the average age living around this city. As the median age of a city changes, so do the design preferences in homes, cars, condos and even shopping malls. When in South Florida you’ll notice a big difference in design when comparing Miami to West Palm Beach.
Quartz countertops are very easy to clean. The material has the performance and look of more expensive stone like marble, without the weaknesses. It is non-porous and will not stain. Unfortunately, Quartz is around 30% to 40% more costly than granite.
While stainless steel countertops are resistance to strains, they are susceptible to dents and scratches. However, you can opt for a brushed finish to help hide any scratches. Stainless steel is often not the best option for residential kitchens, as it can have a very industrial look. That said, if you want a surface that is durable and non-porous, meaning it is a very hygienic surface, stainless steel could be the right choice for you. Perhaps one of the drawbacks of metal countertops that many people overlook is that they can be very noisy. If you don’t like clanging sounds, you might want to avoid all metal surfaces in your home kitchen.