With so many materials to choose from, it can be hard to decide which counter is best suited for your needs. Each material has its benefits and burdens based on your lifestyle. There’s no wrong answer when choosing a beautiful counter-top but there is definitely a better solution in some cases!
Laminate – Laminate counters are a good low-cost option and have a pretty easy installation process. However, laminate countertops are easier to damage than other counter-top materials. Cleaning is really easy with laminate as it does not require re-sealing and can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth.
Butcher Block – Butcher block is generally made out of reclaimed wood, making it one of the most environmentally friendly material choices. While the surface of a butcher block countertop can easily become scratched, repairing this is usually pretty simple with some sanding and a refinish. If not properly sealed and installed, there is the potential for water damage, which can sometimes make this option unappealing.
Solid Surface – Solid surface is countertops are a man-made material, that is more cost-effective than natural stone but still better in quality than laminate. They are fairly stain resistant and able to take an impact, while still remaining easy to repair in comparison to natural stone options.
Granite – This is one of the most sought-after countertop materials due to the elegant finish it offers. It is also a fairly strong material selection, that is not easily damaged by heat. Once sealed, does not easily stain and is considered to be one of the more sanitary options. A disadvantage is that these counters do need to be resealed, however, they are definitely an item that adds resale value to your home.
Quartz – Quartz countertops are beautiful and are particularly hard and durable, making it resistant to chips, cracks, and stains. It is also considered to be one of the most sanitary counter options, as it is a nonporous material. (meaning no holes throughout it to harbour liquids and bacteria). There is also no requirement to seal a quartz countertop making maintenance super easy. While the price may be higher, it is apparent why this is a popular selection.
With varying choices, make sure you thoroughly research which finish will best work for your family and if you still feel overwhelmed our staff will be more than willing to answer any questions.