Comparing Countertops – Which Surface is Right for You?
Here are some things to consider:
Durability: Is the countertop heat resistant, scratch resistant and chemical resistant?
Easily Cleaned and Maintained? This is a simple yes or no question but a very good one to consider when selecting the right surface for your countertop. If you plan on cooking regularly in your kitchen, you will want something for which is easy to care.
Can you set a hot pan on the surface without damage? On stone countertops you are able to, on solid surface or corian, and laminate, you can not.
Should you expect scratches and regular maintenance? Softer countertop surfaces will inevitably get scratched from time to time. With some materials, regular maintenance can remove the scratches to keep your kitchen looking new.
And you may want to consider whether it comes in a wide range of colors.
Pricing varies on each counter top surface. Laminate remains your cheapest option.
So what is so special about granite? Granite is popular for many reasons:
- It has the “look” everyone wants
- Many color options
- Heat resistant surface
- Easily maintained & cleaned
- Unaffected by chemicals
- Most affordable stone counter top