Designing a kitchen can be as fun as it can be frustrating. With the many choices for paint, cabinet design, hardware, and countertops, you have many small decisions to make. That’s why knowing which countertops are best for kitchens is the first step in narrowing your choices down!
When choosing a new countertop for your kitchen, you need to consider multiple necessary factors, such as:
1. Resistance to scratches, chips, and stains
2. Resistance to heat
3. Level of required maintenance
5. Price, and so on.
Each material used in making custom countertops has varying levels of resistance toward these factors. The top choices for countertop materials include:
Granite: Granite countertops are one of the top-rated options for countertop materials. Granite is a durable option that is also popular for its wide variety of appearances. Granite is a low maintenance option that is also chip and heat resistant. While granite countertops are great for lasting for many years, they can be expensive investment.
Quartz: Quartz countertops are another popular choice, as they are known for being one of the most aesthetically pleasing to look at and include in a kitchen. Quartz is also a low maintenance material that is easy to keep clean. However, quartz is less heat resistant and can be easily scratched.
Marble: Another beautiful countertop option is marble countertop. Marble is one of the top-rated countertop material options in terms of appearance, as well as resistance to heat and cracking. Marble countertops are quite durable with the ability to last many years when properly taken care of. However, marble requires sealant every year to ensure that it remains durable.
Natural Stone: Marble and granite are types of natural stone, but there are many other options to choose from, including slate, quartzite, soapstone, and more. Most natural stone countertops are durable and resistant to heat, but may be prone to chipping and scratches, depending on the type you choose. They can also be expensive and are higher maintenance, often requiring being cleaned with pH-balanced water.
Butcher Block: Butcher block countertops are a type of wood countertops that are specially designed to essentially be a built-in cutting board. They are less heat resistant and scratch resistant than other options, but butcher block countertops are one of the more environmentally sustainable options that are easy to install. However, butcher block countertops require regular oiling to maintain shine and avoid cracking.
Contact Us Today for Custom Countertops!
Looking to spruce up your kitchen with new custom countertops? O’Brien Cut Stone Co. provides granite countertops, marble countertops, quartz countertops, and more! We are available to install custom countertops throughout Cleveland, Beachwood, Richfield, Chardon, Rocky River, University Heights, OH and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about our installation and remodeling processes!