Choosing A Kitchen Countertop
When a Halton Region family decides to remodel or renovate the kitchen, two of the items they think of first are cabinetry and kitchen countertops. This article will focus on kitchen countertops, the most popular materials and the pros and cons of each material when it comes to durability, look, and maintenance.
Rather than discuss every possible material available, we are going to focus on what are by far the most popular kitchen countertops being chosen by homeowners in Burlington and Halton Region. Those most popular countertops are Quartz, Granite, Marble, and Laminate.
There is no Perfect Kitchen Countertop
Before we get into each material, you should know that no kitchen countertop material is perfect in every respect. Some have more colour options than others, some have better durability than others, some scratch, some are damaged by heat, other can chip. Each have their own look and are beautiful, and as you know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so opinions will vary.
However, all are available in absolutely stunning colours and designs that can make your kitchen truly stand out. The best material for your kitchen counter is one that is within your prices range, can achieve the look and presentation you want with the maintenance and upkeep you are willing to devote to it.
Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Quartz kitchen countertops are the fastest growing choice for new kitchens in Halton Region. Over the past 5 years Quartz kitchen countertops have become the most popular choice by the homes we have renovated in Burlington, Hamilton and Stoney Creek.
We believe this trend is happening Canada wide and it is because of the vast improvement of colours and patterns that Quartz is now available in. This luxurious product can look exactly like granite or marble yet requires considerably less maintenance and is much more resistant to staining than either of those two. Heat resistance has improved considerably but perhaps not to the point of granite yet.
Granite Kitchen Countertops
Granite kitchen countertops used to be the number one choice for a kitchen reno in Halton Region. It earned this ranking due to it luxurious finish and beautiful natural colouring and unlimited patterns. Available in many colours, it adds beauty and durability to any kitchen. Granite excels in heat resistance but stains fairly easily unless properly sealed. Even when properly sealed, liquids should be cleaned up quickly to avoid staining and annual sealing is recommend to preserve its natural beauty.
Marble Kitchen Countertops
Marble is one of the most beautiful (and potentially expensive) natural materials you can choose for a kitchen countertop. Marble Kitchen countertops possess stunning luster and unlimited coloring and patterns. No two kitchens will look alike when dressed with marble kitchen countertops. Marble can be damaged by heat and can stain so some care and yearly maintenance is required to remove fine scratches. Marble kitchen countertops should always be sealed to protect from staining.
Laminate Kitchen Countertops
Greatly improved in terms of looks and colour choices but still very inexpensive it is a great choice for very strict budgets. What it lacks in luxury and luster it makes up for in durability. It is very resistance to both heat and staining. One area of concern is that you must be careful not to cut directly on this surface as knife cuts will damage it easily.
What would Marco choose?
I asked the owner of Zzone Homes, Marco, for his opinion on kitchen countertop materials. He expressed a true love for Quartz, Granite and Marble because they all have such beauty. He acknowledged that each has some advantages over the other, but in the end he simply said “ I’m much more likely to accidentally spill a glass of wine on the counter than put a burning hot pan down on one, so that is how I personally would finally select one.”
Well, if you been paying attention in reading this article, I guess we know his choice is the same one that has become the most popular Kitchen Countertop in Burlington, Stoney Creek, and Hamilton these past few years!
Kitchen renovations are more popular than ever and the choices and options for countertops are expanding with improved materials, finishes and sealants. These changes have been driven by customer demand and millennials are leading the change as they are now investing in homes.
Zzone Homes designs, builds, and renovates homes in Halton Region. We are also experienced specialists in Kitchen Renovation.
We are located in Halton Region with head office in Stoney Creek and satellite offices in Burlington and Hamilton. Visit by appointment only please.