When choosing the right countertop kitchen renovation, there are a variety of factors to keep in mind. The countertop kitchen renovation is a visual focal point of every kitchen.
Each countertop material also comes with its own maintenance requirements, budgetary impacts and thickness options. So remember that should all be considered before making a final selection.
In this article, we will take a brief overview of some countertop kitchen renovation selections and the important factors related to each.
Best Options for Kitchen Countertops
A laminate countertop is formed from a thin layer of plastic laminate material. It is bonded to a core of MDF, medium-density fiberboard. Our laminate products are found in hundreds of colour and style options. They are one of the most affordable options.
Ceramic tile countertops are made from individual clay-based tiles. They are adhered over a cement-board core using mortar adhesives. For kitchen countertops, grout seams make tile a less than ideal material. Our ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in large sizes.
One of the most popular options of many types of natural stone for a kitchen countertop is a solid slab of granite. Granite countertops are fabricated and installed by Unica Concept professional crews. They are very heavy and durable countertops, however, we must say that granite is an expensive material.
Another natural stone options for your kitchen countertop is marble countertops. This countertop has a unique appearance and veined patterns make it very attractive. You must know that marble is a relatively soft and porous stone, therefore it should be carefully sealed if you choose for kitchen countertops. In addition, marble is available in three forms:
- Solid slabs
- Modular marble
- Marble tiles
Granite countertops are natural stone, very durable and boast a high scratch, chip, and heat resistance rating. In fact, these natural stone surfaces are so scratch resistant that you can even cut on them with a knife.
In addition to these functional benefits, granite countertops look great as they have a sleek and smooth surface. Which is also unique for each installation since the countertops come cut from natural stone. Granite boosts the resale value of your house as it can visually renew even the most outdated kitchen.
While granite boasts excellent stain and scratch resistance, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind. Granite is one of the most expensive countertop selections and is also a porous material. Firstly it should be initially coated with a sealant in order to protect the surface. And then re-coated every six months to two years to maintain the seal countertops.
The good news is that once sealed, granite countertops will keep most liquids from staining or being absorbed. In addition, they require only cleaning with mild detergent and warm water. However, take care not to leave spilled wine on your granite countertops as they can stain if not properly sealed. Also, avoid vinegar-based and acidic cleaners on granite as they can damage the sealant. It is best to think of granite as resistant to stains, not impermeable.
Countertop Kitchen Renovation -Quartz
Quartz slabs are man-made and engineered from a combination of ground quartz, binding resin and colour pigmentation. Quartz is very durable and thanks to the pigmentation, is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns during manufacturing. In addition, quartz requires no sealant as the binding resin that is used in the manufacturing process makes the surface non-porous.
In terms of thickness, quartz is similar to granite as the most popular choice for the kitchen.
Even harder than both granite and quartz, quartzite is another beautiful natural stone countertop option.
Each quartzite countertop a one of a kind natural look and pattern that can really make a kitchen come to life. This beauty comes at a cost, however, as quartzite is an even more expensive kitchen countertop selection than granite.
Just like granite, quartzite requires sealing prior to use in order to protect the surface from staining and additional sealing on an annual basis to preserve the sealant. In addition, you should avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners. You can just use a simple solution of mild soap and warm water.
What is the difference between quartz and quartzite?
Both are very durable, however, quartzite is a natural stone and more expensive and has the visual appeal of natural stone. However, quartz is man-made and has the advantage of a wider selection of colours and patterns as it is manufactured.
In addition, quartz requires no annual sealant due to the resin, it is more vulnerable to heat damage as this resin is plastic-based and can melt in high heat, so never leave a hot pan on your quartz kitchen countertop without protection underneath.
Choose professionals for your countertop kitchen renovation
If you are feeling confused and you haven’t gotten a partner for your kitchen design Unica Concept is here. The shade matters when choosing gray for your kitchen cabinet colour. If you’re the traditional type, darken it up with a smoky gray. Go light for a contemporary, chic style or a distressed barn wood to unleash the shabby-chic in you. Unlike some other cabinet colours, grays will offer the perfect balance of warmth and neutrality, working well for any size kitchen and style.
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