5 Materials to Use in Your Kitchen Renovation

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kitchen flooring installationWhen you are renovating your kitchen, there are many factors to consider. One of them is which materials to use for your kitchen countertops. There are many, many options out here. These are the best five materials to choose for your renovated kitchen countertops.

  1. Granite

Granite is very popular. It is strong and durable, and every countertop is unique due to its natural grain. It’s resistant to cracks, chips, and heat. It does require a yearly sealing, due to the porous nature of granite.

  1. Stainless steel

A stainless-steel countertop can complement any type of kitchen. It’s very durable, and can handle up to 800 degrees of direct heat. It does rust, but this typically occurs very slowly and will still outlast you and your family. It should not be treated with bleach, but you can disinfect it with vinegar and water.

  1. Wood

Wood countertops can range from thin unfinished wood and thicker finished custom wood. Like granite, its grain makes each countertop unique, depending on the type of wood used. It’s very durable, and scratches can be easily buffed out. However, there are a few cons: unlike stainless steel, the wood needs to be protected from direct heat, and it also needs room to breathe (so don’t place it in an area where it is trapped by three walls). Care is similar to stainless steel: don’t use bleach, and disinfect with vinegar and water.

  1. Stone

Stone countertops can come in several forms:

  • Quartz
  • Engineered stone (typically 90 percent quartz)
  • Soapstone

Quartz is incredibly strong and durable. It is resistant to cuts, scratches, chips, stains, and bacteria. It also doesn’t require sealing. However, it’s not as heat-resistant as granite or glass.

Engineered stone is manufactured using 90 percent quartz, and comes out tough and durable. It is intended to look beautiful in any home, will stand the test of time, and never needs to be sealed.

Soapstone is soft and pliable, making it easy to work with and fashion, yet resistant to both heat and stains. It is vulnerable to scratches and other imperfections, but they slowly fade (or you can fade them out). Remember that lighter soapstone can weather over time and become darker (which may no longer match your home’s color scheme). Mineral oil will also darken it.

  1. Glass

Glass countertops are very visually attractive. They come in varying effects and colors. Thicker varieties or custom looks will be more expensive. Glass is strong and heat-resistant, but it’s susceptible to fingerprints, scratches, and cracking, so care is needed.

Get a Professional’s Opinion

World of Floors in Tampa, Florida, can help you decide which material is best for your kitchen’s new countertops. We will discuss your options with you, conduct in-home measurements, and provide the installation of your beautiful new countertops. We can even help you with financing by offering options that work better for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, or feel free to post a comment below if you have any questions about kitchen renovation or anything.

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