Choosing the right kitchen countertop is essential because not only does it provide the proper ambience, but it also means the difference between saving up on maintenance and repair costs down the line.
Popular kitchen countertop materials vary, from stone or engineered stone material such as granite slates, to laminate and solid surfaces—and everything in between, such as tile, concrete, wood, bamboo, stainless steel, and recycled materials. Each has their strengths and weaknesses: granite countertops are luxurious pieces on a kitchen, but very costly; laminates are more affordable, yet can be susceptible to obvious wear and tear; same goes with tile and concrete. Other materials like wood, bamboo, and recycled material usually age well, while stainless steel often provides maximum functionality, especially on busy kitchens.
One way to help you decide what kind of countertop is best for your kitchen is to determine whether or not you see yourself or anyone in your home using the kitchen often or not. For example, if your kitchen also serves as a small dining room for your family, it is best to have a countertop that doesn’t take a huge chunk of your budget when it gets damaged. But if you’re the type who can mix function and aesthetics well, you can opt for the more luxurious materials in the market.