Posted on: 10 October 2018Share
When remodeling your kitchen, what material to use for your custom countertops is one of the most important choices that you have to make since these countertops are the main working space within your kitchen. Making sure that you choose a material that is both functional but also does not require a whole lot of work to maintain its appearance and structural integrity is the goal. Understanding what some of the more common low maintenance countertop materials are can help you figure out which is the best fit for your remodeling project.
Laminate countertops are the ideal option for homeowners looking to recreate the space within their kitchen on a budget. Laminate is made out of a synthetic material that is designed to take on the appearance of a wide range of different materials, including wood and natural stone. It is non-absorbent, which means that you won't have to worry about staining and moisture damage and can be easily cleaned with most mild detergents. However, laminate countertops are susceptible to scratching and melting, which means that sharp and hot objects need to be handled with care.
Quartz countertops are the middle ground between synthetic and natural stone countertops, as they are made out of ground up stone that is combined together with an epoxy to create a smooth surface for your counters. It comes in a massive range of different colors and can be easily made to fit into untraditional sized surfaces.
However, quartz can become stained over time if exposed to acidic or basic liquids and materials, which means that you need to take care to clean up spills quickly and to use neutral and mild cleaning detergents while working in the kitchen. Further, the epoxy used in quartz is susceptible to physical deformation in the event that it is exposed to severe heat, so care should still be taken with hot pans and dishes.
Soapstone is a type of natural stone that is completely immune to water and moisture damage and is also able to stand up to hot objects without becoming damaged or otherwise degrading. It won't hold onto liquids, will not stain easily, and requires nothing more than warm water and dish soap to clean properly. However, soapstone does come at a steep price tag, since it is a natural stone that is cut directly from a slab. This fact also makes it harder to fit soapstone into non-traditional spaces.