Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertops

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When selecting your new kitchen countertops in Montreal area, you need to decide which material will be the best fit for your lifestyle. Wood countertops, granite, quartz, and laminate are all great options, but which is right for you? Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect countertop. And, remember, it's important to choose a countertop material that will withstand high temperatures. If you are in a busy household, granite may be the best choice.


Wood countertops

If you're remodeling your kitchen and want a countertop that will be as durable as your other surfaces, wood may be the answer. Despite their natural durability, wood countertops do require some care and maintenance. Until the 1880s, wood countertops were notoriously susceptible to splitting and cracking. Today, laminated hardwood is a better choice. Not only will it be stronger, but it will also absorb sound as well. And it's incredibly easy to refinish wood countertops, which is an added bonus.

The great thing about wood is that it offers an endless range of looks. You can get a rich, chocolatey brown countertop in American walnut. If you don't want to stain the wood, you can choose a lighter tone. This will keep the space feeling spacious. There are many types of light wood for your countertop, including birch, hard maple, and white oak. If you want a darker countertop, you can opt for cherry, ash, or walnut. Alternatively, you can choose a more earthy material like bamboo. Bamboo has a very light tone and can be used in a kitchen for a very similar look.

Granite

You can choose from a wide variety of colors for your granite kitchen countertops. White granite is a classic choice for a contemporary kitchen. It has the broadest color compatibility of all the colors and shades, which make it an excellent choice for those seeking a minimalist look. Moreover, white granite features irregular markings and a variety of shades that vary slightly from the original pure white. And Andromeda White granite, for example, is a beautiful blend of black grain and gray veins. It is versatile and dynamic countertop material.

In order to maintain the shine and sheen of your granite countertops, it is important to regularly seal them. Though granite has porous spots, a proper sealant can help prevent stains. This process takes approximately 10-15 minutes each year. Granite is also highly stain-resistant and resistant to micro-pests, which makes it a perfect choice for homeowners who are concerned about cleaning their countertops. But how often should you seal your granite countertops?

Quartz

If you're in the market for new kitchen countertops, you've probably considered quartz. These surfaces are durable and extremely beautiful, and they come in many different colors, textures, and patterns. There are several advantages to quartz countertops, including the fact that they are engineered stone. They will not change color due to varying lighting or other factors, and they won't peel or warp like other materials. You can choose from two slab thicknesses, 15mm and 20mm, and the thickness of these surfaces varies between brands.

If you're considering purchasing a new quartz kitchen countertop, it's important to know what to look for in one. This material is heat and stain-resistant, and it's also extremely durable. Quartz countertops are made from crushed quartz crystals mixed with resin. This gives you a countertop that will last for many years without fading or requiring a sealer. Listed below are some advantages of quartz kitchen countertops.

Laminate

The popularity of laminate kitchen countertops has exploded in recent years, especially since manufacturers have begun paying more attention to sustainability and toxicity. Laminates have become more popular than ever, and are now more commonly used for countertops than any other material. These countertops are made by bonding two or more layers of material together, including plastics, wood, metal, and particle board. The resulting material can be incredibly durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean.

Laminate kitchen countertops are the most affordable of the various countertop options, and they offer an endless selection of colors and style. And, unlike natural stones, laminates are easy to clean. A daily wipe with a soft sponge or washcloth and a mild soap is all that's needed to keep your laminate countertop looking its best. One thing to consider before choosing a laminate countertop is that they are not heat resistant and can scratch easily. To protect your kitchen counter from heat, avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on the surface.

Glass

If you're planning to remodel your kitchen and want to go for a glass countertop, here are some tips to choose a design. First of all, you should consider the material's texture. Some glass countertops feature etched or milky effects, which are more noticeable from afar, and others are completely smooth, which gives them a clean and pristine appearance. If you're worried that glass won't last long, you can always get a new one with different textured coatings.

Aside from being eco-friendly, glass kitchen countertops are also highly functional. You can find recycled glass countertops at most hardware and specialty remodeling stores. However, you should always consult with a contractor before deciding on this material. Even though recycled glass is less expensive, it retains the same strength and durability as new glass. Crushed glass countertops are the most popular style, but don't think that this means they're weaker. You can even get a crushed glass countertop to match the rest of your kitchen's decor.



Comments (3)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dina Nemat when we re-did our kitchen about 5 years ago picking the right kitchen counter tops is more difficult than I expected.  We search and search for what felt right, and oddly enough choose the counter top you have in the picture above.

 

Jul 03, 2022 01:59 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Dina Nemat these are very good list of tips for choosing the right kitchen countertops.

Jul 03, 2022 09:03 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jul 04, 2022 03:48 AM