As you choose surfaces for your kitchen renovation, you may be focusing on colors and styles. But when you’re making such a large investment for the most frequently used room in your home, it’s important to take durability and maintenance into consideration.
There are a variety of materials you could choose for your countertops, plus a myriad of colors. Each of these surfaces will have different levels of durability and will require a different kind of maintenance to keep them in top shape. The best way to find the right choice for you is to assess how you use your kitchen everyday.
If you have children who might use the countertops to make peanut butter and jelly or cut a sandwich in half, you’ll want to avoid softer or more easily damaged materials, like Formica counters or white granite. Instead, choose more forgiving surfaces like a Corian with a faux granite look.
For those who don’t mind a little bit of maintenance and who will be slightly more careful, granite can be a good option. There are many choices for granite types and colors. By choosing a more common granite, you can have a reasonably affordable countertop.
There are other natural stone materials such as soapstone, marble, or limestone, but these surfaces are much softer than granite, so they’ll require a lot more care and a gentle touch. Remember that all stone countertops must be cleaned and resealed occasionally.
If you want the look of stone with a much more durable surface, consider engineered stone countertops, which can handle the wear and tear of a heavily-used kitchen. Just bear in mind that it’s still an investment, as engineered stone costs roughly the same as natural stone.
Once you’ve decided which counter materials will suit your lifestyle the best, you can move on to the fun part, and select the style and color that will bring your kitchen together.