Kitchen countertops are an indispensable main feature of any modern kitchen, providing the space you need for food preparation. It is where all the action takes place. But more than that, the countertop is the foundation of kitchen décor when doing a kitchen renovation. It bears the burden of setting the tone and feel of the space.
There are several categories of countertop materials available, including natural stone, tile, and a variety of synthetic materials, all of which have unique benefits and decorative potential that are not only practical but can provide a major design element within your kitchen decor.
Natural Stone Countertops
Natural stone is one of the most popular and well-loved materials for constructing kitchen countertops. Slabs of natural stone have their own unique beauty that can help lend your kitchen an element of refined, traditional elegance. Several types of stone are commonly used for countertops.
- Marble creates an elegant and sophisticated feeling, regardless of whether it has a polished or honed finish. Which is why they are expensive compared to other materials. The stone is highly resistant to heat, cracks, and breakage, but it is porous, so be prepared to cook and entertain with care.
- Granite is another popular natural stone for countertops. It’s incredibly hard and resistant to scratching and damage and often less pricey than marble.
- Soapstone is so durable and stain-resistant that it's used in laboratories. It is more smooth and uniform. It's also resistant to acids like lemon juice and vinegar, which can sometimes damage other types of stone.
- Limestone is geologically similar to marble and is becoming increasingly popular as a countertop material. It's usually found in colors ranging from white to sandy tan hues, and it's quite sturdy and heat-resistant. It looks especially striking in kitchens that feature stainless steel appliances.
In addition to several varieties of natural stone, there are several kinds of man-made materials that make excellent and visually appealing countertops. Synthetic materials tend to be quite sturdy, durable, and stain-resistant, making them a great choice for use in a kitchen.
- Engineered quartz is a versatile, man-made alternative to natural stone slabs. It's created from a combination of quartz chips, pigments, and resin. It can be made in a very wide variety of colors, including those that might not be available for natural stone. It's tough and non-porous, as well as eco-friendly.
- Recycled paper is another eco-friendly countertop option. It’s surprising that a countertop can be made from paper, but this material is surprisingly durable. The paper is blended with resins, and colored with pigments.
- Recycled glass and cement countertops are rather expensive, but can be very visually interesting. As far as color and appearance, they're one of the most customizable countertop options.
- Concrete countertops can be colored with stains, dyes, and pigments for an almost endless variety of customizable colors, making them an excellent choice for colorful modern kitchens.
- Solid-surface counters are made from a unique synthetic polymer that can emulate the look of many other materials.
- Plastic laminate is one of the most cost-effective countertop options and comes in many colors and patterns. Laminate can be used as a less expensive alternative for resembling the appearance of materials like wood butcher board or natural stone.
Kitchen Countertops in Vegas are available in any material you want. Go to a showroom, get a feel of what you like and soon, you will be able to make a purchase. Visit CabinetCraft at 7871 W. Charleston Blvd #120 Las Vegas, NV 89117.