Popular Countertop Materials For Your Kitchen. What’s Right For You?

Kitchen countertop
Kitchen countertop

When North Bay and Nipissing homeowners come to Kitchen Gallery looking for kitchen countertops, they usually have the following criteria in mind:

  • Beauty: It has to look good for years to come (and not become instantly outdated)
  • Easy care: Cleaning the countertop is quick and hassle-free
  • Anti-bacterial: Mold, mildew and other nasty fungus won’t grow or spawn on it
  • Heat-resistant: Won’t burn, warp or become damaged when hot items are placed on it
  • Lifetime warranty: Your countertop investment is protected and backed for life

So the question is which popular countertop materials meet your needs?

Read on to find out.

Engineered granite
Engineered granite

Engineered Granite

Engineered granite is different than natural granite.

It’s made from a combination of natural granite, stone and quartz. When mixed together, it creates a countertop that’s beautiful, yet durable enough to handle the demands of daily kitchen use.

Engineered granite is also non-porous, which means water won’t leak through or get caught in any pores and openings (a primary cause of mold or mildew growth).

How does engineered granite stack up?

☑Beauty
☑Stain-resistant
☑Easy care
☑Fast, mess-free installation
☑Anti-bacterial
☑Heat-resistant
☑Lifetime warranty

Granite
Granite

Granite

As mentioned earlier, granite as a stand-alone product is different than engineered granite.

Granite is a very popular choice for kitchen installations. It’s very durable and creates a timeless, elegant look and feel in your kitchen.

However, in order for granite to be effective, it needs to be sealed on a yearly basis. Otherwise, it could become stained and/or water could get trapped inside (granite is porous).

How does granite stack up?

☑Beauty
☒Stain-resistant
☒Easy care
☒Fast, mess-free installation
☒Anti-bacterial
☑Heat-resistant
☒Lifetime warranty

Marble
Marble

Marble

There’s nothing quite like marble. It’s unique, beautiful and luxurious.

With its smooth finish and natural lines, marble is distinctive. Not only that, marble is incredibly strong. It won’t chip, dent, scratch or stain.

On the other hand, marble is quite expensive. Caution must be used with hot objects. Installing it isn’t a simple process and it requires a high-level of ongoing care (spills need to be cleaned up immediately).

How does marble stack up?

☑Beauty
☒Stain-resistant
☒Easy care
☒Fast, mess-free installation
☒Anti-bacterial
☒Heat-resistant
☒Lifetime warranty

Recycled glass
Recycled glass

Recycled Glass

Glass countertops made from recycled materials are cool, modern and environmentally friendly too.

Made from a combination of transparent tempered glass, consumer recycled glass (think about your jar of spaghetti sauce) and stone fragments, glass countertops are truly a one-of-a-kind design option.

Surprisingly tough, recycled glass countertops are heat-, scratch-, stain- and even cold-resistant. And because it’s glass, the surface is non-porous and very easy to clean.

How does glass stack up?

☑Beauty
☑Stain-resistant
☑Easy care
☑Fast, mess-free installation
☑Anti-bacterial
☑Heat-resistant
☑Lifetime warranty

Plastic laminate
Plastic laminate

Plastic Laminate

Plastic laminate kitchen countertops are affordable, reliable and have great design versatility.

Available in a variety of colours, laminate is a great way to add a splash of personality to your kitchen. That brightness is augmented by the fact that plastic laminate is water- and scratch-resistant.

Conversely, plastic laminate can look outdated quite quickly. It doesn’t handle heat very well; meaning if you don’t use hot plates, you could damage it significantly.

How does plastic laminate stack up?

☒Beauty
☒Stain-resistant
☒Easy care
☑Fast, mess-free installation
☒Anti-bacterial
☒Heat-resistant
☒Lifetime warranty

Book a FREE in-home consultation to view a variety of countertop material samples

Thinking of transforming your kitchen countertops? Not quite sure which material is right for you?

With a FREE in-home consultation, our design expert will come to you (no matter where you live) and bring along surface samples (including the ones mentioned in this blog).

It’s a no-pressure, no-commitment experience where you’re totally in control as we discuss our products and services and how they can bring your kitchen dream to life.

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