Guest Post courtesy of Kerrie Kelly, ASID.
Countertops are the workhorses of the kitchen and need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Beyond each surface’s aesthetic appeal, you want to weigh its physical characteristics. Before deciding, consider how you will want to use your countertops. Will you be needing a surface for chopping veggies or setting hot pans? Do you mind sealing surfaces? Would blemishes bother you?
Your answers to these questions will help you decide which countertop best suits your needs. When designing your space, make your kitchen countertops work for you by opting for materials that are low-maintenance, durable, and easy to clean. Here are five of our must-know countertops to help you create your dream kitchen.
Quartz is one of our top choices for kitchen spaces. It’s an ideal material because it has a similar high-design aesthetic to granite or marble, but it is much tougher and less prone to staining. It’s low-maintenance, and the easy-to-clean engineering makes it very durable and long-lasting. Quartz is naturally stunning, with larger crystals giving the countertop a more speckled look and smaller crystals aiding in a sleek finish. One of our favorite characteristics of a quartz countertop is its resistance to bacteria and scorching, meaning your kitchen will be spic-and-span no matter what you’re cooking that day.
Dekton is a sophisticated blend of the raw materials used to produce glass, porcelain, and high-quality quartz surfaces. Not to be confused with other countertop materials, Dekton’s blending of several materials helps to create a high-impact yet low-maintenance surface that is UV resistant, scratch-resistant, and just about life-resistant.
Dekton can withstand high temperatures without burning, scorching, or cracking, and hot pans and plates can be set directly on its surface with no worry of damage. We also love that Dekton is super resistant to abrasions — even more so than granite. If you aren’t completely sold on Dekton yet, its high mechanical resistant, color stability, resistance to hydrolysis, and noncombustible material will definitely help convince you.
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Need a great durable surface that is easy on the checkbook? Look no further than laminate. This budget-friendly countertop option wins in the price war against other sturdy materials with its initially low-cost and price per use. Another great selling point to laminate? This surface is super easy to clean, as spots seem to lift away when wiping them down after food prep or a big spill. Laminate countertops have also become more fashion-forward, offering modern homeowners clean and sleek solutions for their space on a budget.
One of the most popular choices on the market, granite is a tremendous helper in the kitchen. Because granite countertops don’t lose their luster, they won’t depreciate in value. This means that your kitchen will always stay elegant and valuable, even when you’re ready to move on to a new space. Granite is a one-of-a-kind surface, as it is natural and gives off a luminous luster that is completely unique to its composition. This countertop is formed with heat and pressure, which means it can definitely take the heat of the kitchen or any scalding hot pan you set on top of it. Its sanitary, antibacterial surface also helps keep your kitchen free of germs while you’re cooking or cleaning.
Concrete makes for nearly indestructible kitchen counters with artisan-like composition. They are unquestionably durable and easily customizable, meaning they don’t automatically equal an industrial-looking interior. Though they are very strong, concrete countertops sometimes require sealants to help them last longer. A mild soap and cloth are all that are needed to sop up any spills.
Choosing a countertop is just one step in the kitchen renovation process. Which low-maintenance countertop fits your space’s personality?
About the Author
As an interior designer, Kerrie Kelly designs beautiful kitchens that would inspire anyone. Kerrie provides great advice and tips on creating your dream kitchen, including how to choose the best countertops for your lifestyle. To view the kitchen countertops options that Home Depot offers, click here.