Top Countertop Materials Used by Contractors

Countertop redesigns are just one of the many kitchen renovation jobs that experienced Long Island kitchen contractors are called to do. As most of them will quickly tell the average homeowner, this type of job is a lot harder than it seems. Choosing the countertop material, for example, must be done very carefully, as each one has its own pros and cons that homeowners should know about.

Granite, for example, is renowned for its beauty and durability. Specifically, granite countertops have beautiful, unique mottling and patterns that can surely catch the gaze of visitors and onlookers. At the same time, they are sturdy enough to resist scratches, excess heat, and liquid spills. On the downside, though, granite is incredibly heavy and the countertop must be reinforced in order to support the weight. Granite also requires regular sealing to prevent permanent stains.

Laminate, on the other hand, has things the other way around. Although this material is prone to scratches and heat damage, laminate is lightweight and easy to clean. In addition, some laminate countertop manufacturers are designing their products to resemble the aesthetics of granite, marble, and other stones.

Stainless steel, meanwhile, is a unique countertop material that espouses practicality more than design. This material resists heat and bacteria much better than other countertops, and can be custom-made to suit the homeowner’s tastes. While it’s useful for accommodating high-traffic areas in the kitchen, stainless steel tends to leave behind stains, fingerprints, and other blemishes.


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