When choosing to build a high-end custom home, determining the most optimal products to use in the home can truly make a difference in the feel of the end design. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so choosing the perfect countertop that combines usefulness, longevity and high design is pertinent. Here are some of the best countertops for custom kitchens.
Granite countertops have lots going for them. They are available in shades to complement any décor, and their hardness deters scratches. Since granite is heat resistant, you don’t have to worry about placing a hot pan or dish on its surface. As long a granite countertop is properly sealed, stains aren’t an issue.
What’s the downside? You may have to reseal a granite countertop fairly often to keep it stain resistant. For best results, an annual resealing is recommended. Any heavy object dropped on a granite countertop could cause the granite to chip.
You have a wider choice of colors than almost any other countertop material if you go with quartz. It’s tough, durable, and doesn’t chip easily. Other than price, there aren’t a lot of negatives with quartz. It may, however, look a bit jarring if your home is historic or traditionally decorated; quartz has a contemporary vibe. However, you can find patterns that look like granite or marble, since quartz is a manufactured, not natural, material.
Marble is gorgeous and elegant, but it’s also softer than many natural countertop materials. It’s less expensive than other natural materials, including granite. Every slab of marble is unique, so you know no one has a countertop exactly like yours.
Marble does scratch, stain, and chip readily, so it’s not a good choice if you have small children—or even older kids—who aren’t likely to be careful when putting staining substances on the countertop. If you really love marble but don’t want to deal with its porous nature, install it in bathrooms and find another material for your kitchen countertops. As another cautionary note—some manufacturers will not offer warranties on their products if installed for kitchen use.
Butcher block is among the simplest of countertops to install. Of course, it requires varnishing to look its best and resist staining. Should scratches occur, a little sandpapering will eradicate them. Expect to refinish a butcher block countertop about once a decade. You can’t cut directly on it.