Column: Think about your counters
Commentary by David Decker
When it comes to countertops, everyone knows about the big three: granite, quartz and marble. These materials are durable and beautiful, so it’s easy to see why they are used in so many kitchens. However, these traditional choices are not your only options. There are plenty of less-traditional options that will look great in your kitchen – and will stand up to daily use. Here are a few that we love:
Butcher block countertops add warmth to your kitchen, and are great for cutting and chopping. If scratches or burns show up, just sand them out and treat them with some mineral oil. If you like a natural and rustic feel in your kitchen, butcher block is an excellent choice.
Concrete is a very popular choice for countertops right now, because of both its strength and versatility. Concrete can be stained, ground or polished, and can be accented with stones or other items to add a stylish touch. Regular sealing will keep your concrete countertops looking their best.
Soapstone is a unique choice for kitchen countertops because it darkens and changes over time. Soapstone is also unique because it doesn’t absorb stains like other stone countertops, so no sealer is required. Surface stains can be sanded out, and scratches can be eliminated with mineral oil. This material is a beautiful, low-maintenance choice.
If your style is modern and contemporary, metal is a great choice for your kitchen countertops. Metal (such as stainless steel) is a bold choice that is both extremely durable and easy to clean. Metal is resistant to staining and heat damage, and looks fantastic alongside metal appliances or contrasted with wood cabinets.
If you’re looking to do something different in your kitchen, we highly recommend considering one of these gorgeous countertop choices. Using one of these materials is a great way to make your kitchen stand out, while still providing the sturdy surface you need.
Do you have questions about updating your kitchen? The Affordable Companies can help you find the right choices for your home, and help you plan every aspect of your kitchen remodel. We’d love to help you create a kitchen you love!