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Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Today's homeowner has many options when it comes to kitchen countertop ideas. Gone are the days when the only choice was plastic laminate! More efficient mining and processing techniques have made natural stone an affordable choice. Metal countertops are gaining in popularity. New types of engineered countertop materials are incredibly tough and durable. And eco-friendly countertops made from recycled or renewable resources are a perfect choice for the environmentally conscious. Here are a few of the many types of countertops you may want to consider for your home:

Stone Countertops

  • Marble. The most elegant material for your kitchen countertop, marble is associated with timeless fine art and architecture. Pastry chefs love marble, as its coolness leads to perfect pie crust every time. Marble countertops will give your kitchen a classic, luxurious look.
  • Granite. Vying with marble for a look of natural beauty, granite is tougher and more stain resistant. Granite comes in many completely natural colours and patterns, and will last for decades.
  • Soapstone. A popular countertop material in the 19th century, soapstone is making a comeback. Like marble and granite, it's got natural beauty and durability.
  • Engineered Quartz. For those who like the look of stone but want a more uniform look, engineered quartz could be the answer. Made with approximately 90% natural stone and 10% resin and pigment, engineered quartz countertops are beautiful, durable, and versatile.

Metal and Synthetic Countertops

  • Stainless Steel. Chefs love stainless steel, an excellent choice for busy kitchens. It's easy to clean, non-staining, and heat resistant – and sinks and backsplashes can be incorporated seamlessly into the same piece of steel that forms the countertop.
  • Zinc. A time-tested option found in Paris bistros and butler's pantries, zinc resists mold, mildew, bacteria, and stains. It has a warm look and it's easy to clean.
  • Copper. This metal is a chameleon, reacting to whatever substances that it comes in contact with, and tarnishing as it oxidizes. Your copper countertop will change over time, taking on deep reds, browns, and shades of green. It may also acquire dent and nicks – all part of its charm!
  • Plastic Laminate. This affordable and versatile material is still the preference of many homeowners. With hundreds of colours available, you'll be sure to find exactly the right one for your décor.
  • Solid Surface Acrylics. Heat resistant, stain resistant Corian and Avonite counters became a popular alternative to laminate in the 70s.

Environmentally Friendly Countertops

  • Wood. Properly sealed wood countertops can be a good option, adding warmth to your kitchen. You can choose butcher-block style, or reclaimed wood containing nicks, scratches, and a lot of character. If you can't decide which natural material you like best, you can choose to go part stone and part wood.
  • Recycled Paper. Although it seems incredible, recycled paper blended with resins and pigments makes a hard and durable surface – and a very environmentally friendly one, too!
  • Concrete and Glass. Concrete is available in numerous colours, and can be an attractive countertop material on its own. Add some recycled glass pieces and your countertop will be a work of art. One of the most eco-friendly countertop materials.
Your kitchen countertop ideas are limited only by your imagination! Visit a countertop specialist today.

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