5 Durable Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel
It’s winter in Anchorage, and if you are like any other Alaskan, it’s time to take a serious look at your kitchen remodel project. Countertops are one of the biggest investments that can make or break the final look and functionality of your kitchen renovation project. To help you make the best choice, here are five strong and creative options.
Quartz is an engineered product, not a solid stone option like marble or granite. But quartz has fewer maintenance requirements, and because it is a manufactured product you can find it in just about any hue you can imagine. Quartz does not need to be sealed like natural stone and because it is non-porous; quartz is noticeably resistant to staining and bacteria.
Recycled Glass Countertops
An eco-friendly option, recycled glass countertops have been around since the mid-1990’s and consist of pieces of commercial and residential glass held together with a cement binder. They bring a dynamic look to any kitchen or bath remodeling project because no two are alike. These counters are very resilient and not prone to cracking or chipping. They are heat and stain resistant and are much easier to clean and maintain because they are non-porous.
Wood counter tops have lost some popularity over recent years in most part to the mistaken belief that since they are porous, they can harbor bacteria and germs. This myth was debunked in a 1993 University of Wisconsin study in which wood was contaminated, and microbiologists discovered that within 3 minutes of exposure to the wood’s surface, 99.9% of the bacteria had died. The study concluded that wood cutting boards were safer than plastic. While wood is a safe and durable option, it does require more maintenance than other countertop choices. A polyurethane seal needs to be applied every few years, or if a homeowner goes with a mineral oil finish, it will need to be applied every four to six weeks.
Concrete countertops can be fully customized to your space and are a great option for your kitchen remodeling adventure. Recent innovations have made concrete lighter without losing the strength and durability concrete is known for. Most countertops are framed and poured right into your space, so they are an excellent choice for funky, oddly shaped kitchens or bathrooms. Concrete comes in a wide variety of colors and can be further customized by embedding colored glass, stones, shells, tiles and more.
While plastic laminate is an economical choice, it is still hard-wearing enough to last in even the toughest kitchens. Beyond the price point, another benefit to laminate is hundreds of colors and dozens of patterns and textures available. Typically plastic laminate can be found in pre-formed standard sizes at many lumber stores, or it can be custom made by a cabinet maker to fit your space.
For some natural stone options that also offer great durability, see our blog 6 Stunning Natural Stone Countertop Choices for Your Next Kitchen Remodeling Project.