Four years ago, before we moved in to our apartment we completely gutted and renovated the whole place. It was one stressful and intimidating project, more so because it was my first time to have to go through something so extensive. Gutting and putting things back is a lot more complicated than building something from the ground up. After we got married, I didn’t have to worry about anything because I just moved in to my husband’s apartment, a place he acquired since he moved out of his parents home.
It helped that we had a reliable and architect and a talented designer. Nothing passed my approval though without thoroughly understanding and learning all the hows and whats. The place that I was very meticulous about was the kitchen. With so many countertop options available, I wanted to learn the pros and cons of each.
With that being said, I will list down the countertop materials that I was so interested in. Of course, I wound up with just one, although I was tempted to use combination counter top materials as suggested by the designer.
- Engineered stone looks like real stone, but they’re not. They are known as Silestone, Cambria and Zodiaq. There are a lot of choices in terms of colors and design, and this does not require sealing. Downside to this is that, the edges can chip.
- Granite is known for it’s toughness and the appeal is timeless. I went for this in my kitchen. They say it has to be sealed periodically, but I wonder how long I’m going to wait to have it re-sealed. Mine is still sealed from when it was installed, and the look hasn’t changed. You must know, I tinker around in the kitchen a lot.
- Stainless steel gives the look of a professional kitchen. I originally considered this but because it’s prone to dents and scratches, I disregarded it. It is stain resistant and heat resistant and that was why I wanted it. It’s more expensive than granite, so choosing granite saved us a little.
- Solid surfacing also known as Corian, Gibraltar and one more brand. This comes in a lot of colors and it can be easily repaired for small nicks. The problem is, it cuts and abrades easily.
The above were the only materials that I considered. Of course a lot of us know about ceramic tiles, laminate, wood and concrete. Whatever it is that you choose, bear in mind, that before you make your final decision ensure you’re picking what appeals to you the most. After a while, when you don’t like what you see, you may end up uninspired to whip up that home cooked meal for your family.