Your kitchen work surface is used for placing food, cutting and chopping, baking, putting down hot pots and many other functions. Most of our countertops are made of marble, granite or Caesarstone (quartz). However, there are several other options that may work well with your kitchen décor and life style.
We’d like to tell you about the pros and cons of the most popular types of work surfaces on today’s market.
Granite is first and foremost the most widely used material. It has a speckled surface and is available in a wide range of colors. Granite is a very durable surface and does not wear out quickly. You can use it for cutting, baking (rolling out dough) and it’s safe for hot pots. Granite countertops are usually high gloss, but they are also available in a matte finish.
On the other hand, granite is not stain resistant and relatively expensive. Plus, it’s not recommended to use strong cleaning agents which are abrasive and can cause the granite to wear down. Its speckled pattern may also make it harder to match with a ceramic backsplash.
Caesarstone countertops are the most popular in modern kitchens. This material is made from 93% quartz plus a small percentage of pigment which makes it available in a wide range of shades and finishes from matte to high gloss. There are certain types of Caesarstone that look just like natural stone. Caesarstone countertops are reasonably priced; some are even extremely low-priced.
Because this is a synthetic material which is poured into a mold, shapes for an island or special counter can be custom made for your kitchen. Naturally, this will be more costly than the standard.
The downside of this material is that it may develop stains if hot pots are placed on it (although generally these can easily be removed). It is also recommended to use a cutting board rather than to cut or chop directly on Caesarstone countertops.
A welcome addition to the variety of kitchen countertop materials is the wooden work surface. If you appreciate the warm, natural look, solid wood would be an excellent choice of worktop material. Butcher block is the most commonly used version of this work surface. With wood, the textures and shades are almost endless. Colors range from light maple to dark walnut. Wooden work surfaces are most suitable for cutting and chopping. The countertop is actually one giant cutting board. Surfaces made of wood can easily be repaired by sanding. You can also combine wooden inserts on countertops made of granite or Caesarstone.
However, wood definitely has its drawbacks. It’s not advisable to roll out dough or put a hot pot on a wooden countertop. They are not stain resistant and require resealing every so often. It’s also not recommended to use wood near the sink which would cause it to wear out quicker.
Last but not least, stainless steel has an important place as a worktop material. It is hygienic, stain resistant, tolerates hot pots and ideal for rolling out dough and baking. This material is available either in matte or high gloss. Integrated sinks are an option too. However, you can’t cut or chop directly on stainless steel. It can get scratched or show water stains quite easily.
Are you confused by all the various available options for your countertops? Let our designer guide you. Call today and make an appointment for your consultation.