If you are planning to replace your kitchen or bathroom counter top, you are in luck! I found this great tool from Better Homes and Gardens that will take you through a series of questions to help you find your perfect counter top material, click here to review.
Here is a list of counter top materials for your review with their corresponding pros and cons taken from BHG.com:
Pros: Durable, long-lasting, doesn’t go out of style, heat-resistant
Cons: Porous and needs to be sealed when installed, requires resealing, softer stones such as marble or limestone might chip or crack, most expensive counter top material
Pros: Heat, stain, scratch-resistant, easy to clean, does not require sealing
Cons: Not as natural looking as real stone, costs almost the same as real stone
Pros: Heat and moisture resistant, does not fade or age, easy to clean
Cons: Can be scorched, not scratch proof
Pros: Heat, stain, scratch resistant, easy to clean, lower cost than other counter tops
Cons: Sharp knives and hot pans can damage laminate, scorching, deep scratches and cracks cannot be repaired
Eco-Friendly material: (for an in depth list of eco-friendly options and their descriptions click here.)
Pros: Bamboo-easy to clean, Recycled glass-durable, heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, Paper Composite-durable, easy to clean
Cons: Bamboo needs to be sealed routinely, susceptible to scratches and burning, Recycled Glass can chip, scratch or break with heavy impacts, and paper composite is susceptible to scratches and stains
Pros: Long lasting, timeless material that wears well
Cons: Vulnerable to moisture, heat, acid, corrosive chemicals, stains, shrinks or expands, require food-friendly sealing and routine maintenance
Pros: Antibacterial, stain and heat resistant, durable
Cons: Copper, pewter, and zinc are susceptible to scratch and dents, can be expensive
Pros: Heat and stain resistant, durable
Cons: Must be sealed regularly to resist stains and water, susceptible to damage from highly acidic liquids
Mix It Up:
If you can’t decide on one particular counter top, you may wish to select multiple types of materials. To differentiate the space, you may choose to use a different surface on the island than on the other counter tops.
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