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Kitchen Countertops Ideas
Choosing a kitchen countertop surface is a major decision in terms of cost, aesthetics and the practical function of your kitchen. Before you purchase a countertop, it’s important to take into consideration the type of material, durability and color of the countertop. Follow this guide to get kitchen countertop ideas for your home.
These countertops are not made of a solid slab of quartz mineral. Instead, they are an engineered stone product. Quartz is comprised of about 90 percent of waste by-products from quarrying or the natural stone manufacturing processes. Quartz countertops are available in different colors and styles and are durable and less susceptible to scratching than a solid surface counter. White quartz works great for a modern kitchen, or if you want an open and airy look.
This natural stone is a kitchen favorite of bakers and chefs. Its unique appearance and veined patterns make it one of the most attractive natural stones. It is porous and must be properly sealed and periodically resealed if used in the kitchen. Marble is available in three forms—solid slabs, modular marble and tiles. Solid slabs are the best choice for countertops. White marble is a popular color choice and offers a fresh, modern look for a kitchen.
Granite is perhaps the most popular natural solid slab stone countertop choice for many homeowners. The beauty of granite is that no two pieces are alike. Granite is very heavy and durable and adding a granite countertop to your kitchen will increase your home’s value. However, slab granite is expensive. Other less expensive options are modular granite and granite tile. Black granite and brown granite are popular color choices for this natural stone. Both colors lend themselves to a variety of styles and will improve the look of any kitchen.
If you want to transform your kitchen into a modern Farmhouse, butcherblock is the way to go. Made up of assembled wooden boards, butcher block is warm and inviting. You can chop right on the surface of the wood without dulling your knives. However, butcher block countertops will dry out if not properly maintained. You will need to apply a food-safe oil to the countertops every few weeks. A well-cared-for butcher block countertop will last for years and never go out of style.
Often confused with quartz or marble, quartzite is a solid slab natural stone that’s made of metamorphosed sandstone. It’s nearly indestructible and can withstand kitchen acids such as lemon juice or vinegar. Most quartzites are white or light-colored due to their quartz content, but vivid colors of quartzite can also be found. Like other natural stone countertops, quartzite does need to be sealed for stain resistance. Gray quartzite can work as a neutral in most kitchens and pairs well with practically any type of decor.
Laminate is the most affordable of all kitchen countertops. It's formed from a thin layer of plastic laminate material bonded to a core of particleboard or MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Laminate is lightweight, easy to install and offers a moderate level of stain and scratch resistance.
Solid surface countertops are manufactured and used for seamless countertop installations. Solid surfaces are made of acrylic resin, polyester resin or a combination of the two that is combined with filler, color pigments and acrylic chips. Unlike laminate, the material can be sanded, routed and cut like wood. Many solid surface countertops can mimic the look of stone for a fraction of the cost.
In keeping with the Farmhouse trend, new or reclaimed wood is becoming a popular choice for unconventional countertops. Wood countertops are green and eco-friendly, highly unique and impart a classic look in your kitchen. However, wood countertops require proper sealing and plenty of maintenance to keep it food safe and looking great.
A new countertop in your kitchen will instantly brighten the room and add value to your home. The Home Depot offers a variety of kitchen countertops and countertop installation services. Shop The Home Depot for all your kitchen remodel needs.