Hot kitchen Counter top materials

By Robert Gamble

One question that we get here at R & R Development regarding kitchen remodeling  is, “What are the best Kitchen counter top materials for a kitchen that I should consider in my kitchen remodel”.  Of course, that is a loaded question because it always depends on individual preferences.

The choice of materials goes far beyond just the look and feel.   You should also consider the durability and use of the various materials.  Like most things there are a lot of options available these days. When it comes to remodeling styles and trends it is much like the fashion industry.  There are always the classic looks that last lifetimes and there are those trends that are here today and gone tomorrow.

At R&R Development we often recommend that homeowners consider a look that will last for at least 10 years.  After all remodeling your kitchen is not something that you want to do often so making the right choice is important. In this brief article we are going to take a look at the 10 most sought after counter tops being used in kitchens today.  Now, these choices are not in any special order or ranked.  Rather we just wanted to give you some ideas of what is out there and how it is being used.

 Poured concrete

For those homeowners who are looking for a organic look in their kitchens a poured concrete counter may just be the answer.  These counters are strong and provide what some have termed a timeless style.concrete

Poured concrete counters offer strength, style and are seemingly timeless in appearance. They offer a natural, organic look for those who are wanting such in their kitchens. Poured concrete can be tinted to be any color you wish.

It is important to know that these counters need to be sealed well, perhaps more than once, to prevent staining..  When properly sealed it is stain resistant and can be cast and poured into any shape you desire.

One of the best aspects of these counters is that their appearance improves with age, as opposed to many others that start to look weathered and dingy after just a few short years. While concrete is heat resistant the sealer is not and hot pots and pans should not be placed directly on top of the concrete. Likewise, cutting boards should be used instead of chopping directly on to the concrete.

Butcher Block

butcherAnother  homeowner favorite is Butcher block because it offers a look that is elegant yet casual and environmentally friendly.   A major downside to this material is its soft surfaces.  In order to keep it looking great you will need to seal and oiled the counter at least about once a month.  If not well maintained can dry or crack. Also, Cutting should be left to be done on cutting.  The good news is that cleanup is easy, requiring simply mild dish detergent and a light cloth or sponge. There are many kinds of woods with varying thicknesses available.

 

 

 

Reclaimed Wood

K5If you are looking for a an eco friendly option, reclaimed wood is a good choice. Reclaimed wood is simply wood that has been salvaged from older homes and barns that are about to be demolished.  Reclaimed wood offers a look  and feel that the newer butcher blocks simply can’t match.   One thing to keep in mind is that reclaimed wood that was obtained from older trees is much sturdier than the newer counterparts made from younger trees.

 

 

 

Cork

Yes, thcorke same as what goes into win bottles.   Cork is a material that is growing in popularity in many kitchens.  This is also another eco friendly material.  It is dense, sturdy, lightweight, and has sound-cutting properties.  Another great feature is how this material is resistant to water and heat and has anti-bacterial properties.

 

 

 

 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has an elegant, classy feel to it. It invokes the feeling of an up-to-date, modern, trendsetting material. These counter tops are resilient to water, heat and germs.  K4The cons revolve around the fact that over time this material is  susceptible to dings and scratches.  This means with time these surfaces show every little finger mark, but other than a regular polish and wash, these tops require very little maintenance. soapstone countertops

 

 

 

Soapstone

concreteSoapstone is a natural stone that’s quarried like granite. It’s a softer surface composed mainly from mineral talc, but the varieties used for kitchen counter tops are generally sturdier as they contain more quartz.  This makes it a suitable option for a kitchen surface. The color is naturally gray and darkens with age. Like stainless, this material is not impervious to dents and scratches. Soapstone offers a smooth, matte feel.

recycled glass countertops

 

 

 

Recycled Glass

k7Here again is another eco friendly material to consider. Recycled glass counter tops. are not only beautiful with many colors and options available but they have a life expectancy of 50 years. They are easy to care for and clean but may require resealing every few years. While recycled glass does cost less than granite, it is probably not for the budget-conscious.

pewter countertops

 

 

 

Pewter 

k8Pewter is an alloy made up of several metals. It is fairly soft and not as sturdy as stainless. It will show nicks and dents.  It has a beautiful look and offers a more gentle look when compared to the  stainless counterpart. Pewter’s dark silvery color is muted and is not brash like chrome. Because it is a softer material, it is easily shaped and stamped. A hammered antique look would mask some of the natural dents and dings that naturally occur on many kitchen surfaces. While the look of pewter is more of a traditional one, it could look right at home in a more modern or eclectic setting. kitchen, countertops, slate

 

 

 

Slate 

k9One tends to think of rooftops or walkways when one thinks of slate. A natural, fine-grained rock, slate is softer than granite but harder than marble. Slate has a naturally uneven surface that many find aesthetically appealing. Many find this particularly appealing as these natural occurring dents make it hard to detect nicks and scratches that inevitably happen on well-used kitchen surfaces. Slate has a dull matte finish and would not be the material of choice for those who prefer more of a high-gloss look. Maintenance is easy – a simple wash with soap and water. Slate is not a material conducive to bacteria build-up. To prevent staining and uneven coloring or discoloration it is best to use trivets under hot pots and pans and coasters under glasses and other items containing liquid.

 

 

 

Quartz

Quartz is a plentiful, naturally occurring mineral.  It is one of the most scratch-resistant minerals available, and because of this it is extremely easy to care for and clean. Wiping stains from its surface is easier than even granite, making it a very desirable choice for your kitchen counter top. Quartz needs not be sealed, has a long lifetime and is available in a wide variety of colors. For those wanting a natural mineral counter top in your kitchen, but wanting to stay away from granite for a slightly different, more unique look, quartz could be for you!

There are many choices available to homeowners these days that will make their kitchen just right according to their dreams.   At R&R Development we invite you to call us at 408-723-8346 and discuss your kitchen remodeling ideas with us.  We will be glad to walk you through what is possible.

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