How to choose the right surface material

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Arch City Granite

Bio-glass or bamboo? Concrete or copper? Plastic laminate, tile, natural stone or something more exotic like recycled paper?

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When it comes to kitchen countertop materials, you’ve got a lot of options.

Which one you choose could depend on your style, décor, personal preference and plenty of other factors. But one thing is for sure: Making the right choice depends on your understanding of the pros and cons of all your options.

Here’s a look at some popular kitchen countertop materials—and why each one might be right for you:

The eco-friendly options. If you’re all about protecting the environment and minimizing your carbon footprint, you might want to consider going with bamboo, bio-glass or recycled paper (yes, recycled paper). Each is considered eco-friendly—bamboo because it’s a rapidly renewable resource, bio-glass and paper because they’re made from 100 percent recycled materials.

If there is a downside to the eco-friendly kitchen countertop materials, it’s that they’re not as durable as some of your other options. Recycled paper, for example, can’t take the heat if it’s more than 350 degrees.

The laminates. This once ubiquitous, postwar countertop material has lost some of its popularity in recent years, but it’s still a good option for those looking for an affordable option that requires minimal maintenance.

Like the eco-friendly options, it’s not the most durable material available and it doesn’t handle heat well at all.

The tiles. Not only are countertops made from stone or ceramic tile durable, they’re also affordable. In addition, they are not that common, so if you’re going for a unique look in your kitchen, tile can help provide it.

Of course, a unique look doesn’t come completely cost-free. Tile countertops have grout joists that can get dirty, crack and keep you busy with cleaning and maintenance. But if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease on your counters, they’re a nice option.

The natural stones. Of all the kitchen countertop materials, none holds its value, offers the durability and comes in so many color options as natural stone. Granite, soapstone and quartz have been known to instantly increase the value of a home. Each is also incredibly durable, sometimes serving as their own cutting boards.

Sure, natural stone is an investment, but it’s an investment that holds its value.

If want to explore your natural stone countertop options, contact Arch City Granite & Marble—and find the option that’s best for you.

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