The Scoop on Kitchen Countertops

The Scoop on Kitchen Countertops

While shiny new appliances and sleek cabinetry are certainly important components in the look and functionality of your kitchen — the showstopper is quite often the countertop.

Visually, we’re naturally drawn to the countertop. It leads our eyes throughout the room, and greatly influences the tone and feel of the overall space. It’s also often a hefty chunk of your kitchen renovation budget; so it’s important to get it right.

There’s a lot to understand and consider about kitchen countertops, but we’ve got the scoop for you…

Granite

Granite has been a favorite countertop option for many years. Each slab is 100% natural stone, making it totally unique and filled with natural beauty. In general, it’s durable for normal use, but it should be professionally sealed once a year to avoid staining and bacteria. While granite countertops are generally tough against wear and tear, it is possible for them to chip or crack if a heavy pot accidentally comes crashing down.

Quartz

Quartz has quickly become a popular choice for kitchens today due to its no-maintenance sensibilities. It is non-porous, and does not have to go through regular re-sealing. This means it is highly resistant against staining and is one of the most hygienic countertop options for homeowners. It’s also extremely strong, and less likely to chip than granite. 

While it’s not a “natural” beauty like granite, quartz boasts an alluring variety of colors, patterns, and finishes that very closely mimic the look of natural stone. Sometimes it even fools us!

Polished versus Honed

Polished countertops are the most popular in kitchens today. This high-shine look is the least porous option, resulting in a durable, reflective, and elegant appearance.

A honed finish refers to any level that is less than polished, and is perfect for those looking for a more matte finish.

Keep in mind; a honed finish will require more maintenance for both granite and quartz. So if it’s quartz’s maintenance-free lifestyle you’re after — stick to a polished finish.

Veining

Whether it’s naturally occurring, or a manufactured masterpiece — right now, it’s all about veining.

Busy speckled countertops are a thing of the past, as we shift towards sleeker styles featuring unique veining detail. 

Installing a stone with larger ripples of veining makes for an especially dramatic statement when the same slab runs up the wall as the backsplash, or when countertops continue down the sides of a cabinet or island in a waterfall finish. 

Ready to have the kitchen of your dreams? From selection through to installation, our experts will guide you every step of the way.