The Best Materials for Kitchen Countertops

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A kitchen renovation is a huge undertaking from beginning to end, but one of the best home improvements you can make. According to thefreelibrary.com, you can expect 80 to 90 percent or more return on investment when doing kitchen renovations. It is important to choose the best materials, such as kitchen countertops, when doing renovations to ensure that the choices you make are suitable for your needs and can increase the value of your home.

Granite

  • A natural stone, granite is highly sought-after by many homeowners because granite countertops are attractive and durable. Granite slabs are easier to clean compared to tile, because they have minimal grout lines. However, you do need to seal granite countertops once a year because they can absorb heat and stain. Once sealed, granite counters are resistant to stains and will handle hot cookware. Granite is the best choice around stoves or ovens because of its hardness. Granite is relatively expensive. To save money, you can opt for granite tiles instead of granite slabs.

Engineered Stone

  • Engineered stone is resistant to grease or oils and, often, offers a larger selection of colors compared to natural stone. Engineered stone is a combination of engineered quartz, different resins and other materials. Quartz, which comes in crystal form, is common for creating engineered stone because it is one of the strongest natural minerals. Because of this, you can slice fruits and vegetables on an engineered stone countertop without leaving a mark. Engineered stone resists the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. It is also heat and scratch resistant. There are different styles and colors to choose from, with prices lower in comparison to granites, but higher than ceramic tiles.

Ceramic Tiles

  • A ceramic tile countertop is the cheapest of the three. It is a countertop of choice for those who are on a modest budget. Ceramic tile is durable and can take heat. It comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. Ceramic tiles can easily chip or crack; therefore, be careful not to drop heavy pans or objects on top. Because of the grout lines, ceramic tiles are not easy to maintain and can easily stain. Sealing the grout lines every six months can eliminate stains.

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