Your kitchen renovation: make a lasting impression with your countertops

Your kitchen renovation is both an exciting and a formidable undertaking. You need to think about several design elements during the planning and purchasing phase.

In this series of posts, we will cover 5 critical elements – including kitchen countertops, cabinets, flooring, lighting and backsplashes. In this first post, we’ll talk about your kitchen countertop options.

Countertops make the biggest splash in your kitchen design

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Do your homework before you choose a kitchen countertop. You want to achieve a “look” and a “feel” but do not forget about functionality. Here are some of our clients favourite countertops – those that create the “wow-effect” and are high-performing:

  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Quartz
  • Slate
  • Soapstone

Each option offers different benefits – making it difficult to choose one over the other. But here are some considerations for each.

Marble

  • Marble has a classic, timeless appearance that can give a kitchen an air of elegance
  • Marble ages gracefully – although it requires some care and maintenance, investing this time ensures its lasting quality
  • Marble can be mixed and matched for a variety of looks

Granite countertops

  • Granite provides a unique look for each countertop. The minerals in granite add depth, richness and character
  • Granite is stain-resistant and will not fade
  • Granite is damage resistant – it will actually dull your knives

Quartz

  • Quartz has a clean, modern look with nearly as much variety in look and colour as granite.
  • Like granite, it is stain-proof.
  • Quartz is more user-friendly, requiring less upkeep than granite or marble

Slate Countertops

  • Slate has a matte finish and lends itself to a relaxed contemporary look unlike marble or granite (highly polished)
  • You are more limited in your colour selection with slate
  • Slate is heat-resistant, in fact, it absorbs heat
  • Although heat-resistant, it is not scratch resistant so you will have to treat it with more care than other surfaces

Soapstone

  • No two slabs or blocks of this stone are exactly the same – making this element of your kitchen design completely unique
  • Like slate, soapstone has a smooth, matte finish
  • Soapstone is one of the hardest surfaces for countertops and will last for a long time
  • A natural stone, you must coat it with mineral oil to protect it from hot oil and grease

Choosing your kitchen countertop can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. As a kitchen renovation specialist, M-Squared Contracting provides expert guidance to our clients based on our vast experience and expertise with a variety of kitchen countertops and kitchen designs.

Thinking of renovating your kitchen? We invite you to contact us to discuss your project.

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