Main Line Kitchen Remodeling Experts at Mazzi Contractors Discuss 5 Kitchen Countertop Options
Updating your kitchen is an exciting prospect that leads to an abundance of decisions. Each design element has different materials and styles that have both benefits and drawbacks. One focal area in your kitchen is the countertop. Countertops occupy a large portion of kitchen living space, and are used frequently. With a multitude of materials, it can be hard to know which is right for you. Main Line kitchen remodeling experts, Mazzi Contractors, have experience with many types of countertops, and explain the advantages and disadvantages of 5 popular choices.
Granite has long been one of the most popular countertop materials and comes in a wide variety of patterns, colors and even finishes. Granite is unique and alluring and has facets that appeal to many tastes. When granite is maintained properly, it is durable and functional as well as beautiful. Granite’s pros are heat resistance, scratch resistance and with proper sealing, stain resistance. The cons? Granite needs to be sealed annually and acidic or oily spills should be cleaned up immediately to avoid permanent staining. The price of granite varies greatly, so you can typically find something in your range.
Engineered quartz provides the beauty of natural stone without the weaknesses. Quartz is available in various colors. An attractive material, it resists cracking and chipping. Unlike its natural stone counterparts, it is also stain resistant without the need for sealing. Often, the biggest complaint about quartz countertops is the price.
Copper can be an attractive and a unique choice for countertops. That said, it is a “living” entity that can tarnish when interacting with various substances. The resulting changes in coloring may be considered a pro or con, depending on the look you want. The positives are its ease of cleaning, though it should be waxed regularly. The cons—price, long-term care and its ability to be dented or scratched.
Laminate is still a viable option for many people. The primary benefit is the low cost, but this surface is also easy to clean. Today’s laminate also comes in more style and color choices than ever, and is easy to install. The drawbacks are the lack of contribution to home value and higher susceptibility to damage than other choices.
The industrial vibe of stainless steel countertops adds interest to a kitchen that can be further enhanced with textures. Stainless steel countertops are durable, stain resistant and can handle heat. On top of that, the surface is non porous so no bacteria or dirt collect on it. Stainless steel is easy to clean and maintain, and it comes at a lower cost than many other choices. Anyone who has ever had a stainless steel appliance will tell you that they attract fingerprints, and stainless steel countertops share this disadvantage. However, some textures can help minimize this issue.
Mazzi Contractors and Kitchen Remodeling
Mazzi Contractors is ready to talk to you about your Main Line kitchen remodeling project. We will help you plan and decide the best options for your unique vision. Next month, we will discuss other countertop options like marble, travertine and concrete. For more information, contact the experts at Mazzi Contractors at 877-629-9426.