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A Guide to Types of Kitchen Countertops

You can find various options for kitchen countertops in the market. However, four materials comprise most of the countertop options in residential kitchens. They include Laminate, butcher block, quartz, and granite. All these materials have their negative and positive aspects. Some of these materials are very strong, while others can be easily marred or scratched. And some are much expensive than others.

Here’s a brief overview of four of the most popular countertops for residential kitchens and their pros and cons. 

1. Quartz 

Pros: This material closely mimics the look and feel of a natural stone and is practically maintenance-free. During the process of quartz fabrication, the countertops are manufactured specifically with the ability to resist stains, scratches, impact to a certain degree, and heat. Quartz comes in various textures and colors and can also be custom-made to mimic the look of granite and marble.
Cons: The sharp edges and corners of a quartz countertop can chip off due to excess use. However, a quartz countertop with rounded slab edges can solve this problem.

2. Granite

Pros: Granite countertops are one of the most popular choices for residential kitchens and offer a premium look that can help you instantly elevate the aesthetics of your kitchen. Granite countertops come in various shades and various finishes, including a polished or matte look.
Cons: Granite is a natural stone, and its pattern is carved by the pressure inside the earth. This makes finding a matching slab very difficult. Homeowners are also required to get their granite countertops resealed by professionals every few years to prevent degradation.

a kitchen with a granite countertop on the kitchen island

3. Laminate

Pros: These residential kitchen countertops are relatively easy to install and are a low-budget option. Modern laminate countertops are often stain and scratch-resistant.
Cons: These countertops aren’t impact-resistant and can scratch or wear easily. Furthermore, even though their printing is designed specifically to mimic natural stone, the end product doesn’t mimic natural stone as closely as quartz countertops. Due to this, you may find laminate countertops to have a tacky appearance. 

4. Butcher Block

Pros: Butcher Blocks are a relatively new material but have become a popular alternative within the last few years. Butcher block countertops add a rustic feel and warmth to a residential kitchen. Laminated with hardwood, these countertops are highly heat resistant as compared to budget-friendly laminates.

Cons: Butcher block countertops offer minimal scratch and stain resistance, even with varnish. Scratch marks on butcher block countertops can be removed by sanding, while stains can be very difficult to remove.

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If you are a resident of Napa, Concord, or the Bay Area, and want residential kitchen granite fabrication Bay Area, installation, or even repairs, get in touch with the experts at GM Marble & Granite. 

Contact us to learn more about our services in Concord, Napa, and the Bay Area. 

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