Kitchen Design / October 26, 2018 / Jaycee Bolin.
Wood-slab kitchen countertops are the trend, and you will find them in a variety of profiles and finishes. You have to be careful and choose close-grained hardwood countertops. Wood kitchen countertops are more cost-effective than granite, which is considered the most popular.
However, taking cost and maintenance into consideration, most kitchen remodelers tend to go in for the plastic laminate type even though the options are many, like ceramic tile, fiber cement, wood, natural stone, and solid surfacing.
I can safely say that natural stone, solid surface and quartz finishes are the easiest to maintain. If you happen to spill something on these, it can mop up quickly. For those who enjoy baking, you would prefer to roll your dough on marble. For a lot of cutting jobs, stone or wood is suitable.
If you are looking for color, you could go in for laminate and solid surfaces. Stainless steel and solid surfacing allow you the flexibility to go in for decorative styles and shapes with integral sinks. Concrete can be a great option when you seal it well.
You can also get specialty surfaces like hemp-based countertops and lava stone. The best thing to do is get a combination of surface materials to suit the different tasks on your kitchen countertops – like wood for cutting, granite for serving, tile for that beautiful look, and a solid surface top for food preparation. Mix and match work to your advantage.