Seven Reasons You Should Cover Your Countertop Seven Reasons You Should Cover Your Countertop
If you plan to remodel your kitchen, you will want to cover the countertop with some form of surface material. Countertops need to be covered for a number of reasons ranging from simple aesthetics to the more practical, regardless of the choice in materials.
Before you start remodeling or resurfacing your countertops, you might want to consider these seven reasons.
Covering countertops is one way to upgrade the overall appearance of your kitchen. For instance, covering counters with marble, granite, tiles, stainless steel or Formica, provides a new look. Revamping countertops with a new color or stone material could add value to your home should you decide to sell.
If you chop, cut or prepare foods daily, then you will need to cover counters with a durable material such as tile, stone, Formica or granite. Depending on style, budget and personal preference, the type of countertop material should also be geared towards your specific needs.
Ease of Care
Consider covering countertops with a material such as Formica if you want some thing that is low maintenance. Formica not only stands up to time, but to heavy use such as cutting and chopping. Typically, Formica countertops can be washed down with a clean cloth and a simple cleaning agent. Other materials such as granite or stainless steel tend to need more maintenance such as using special cleaners. In addition, materials other than Formica can scratch easily like stainless steel or show marks from appliances.
Need for Hard Surfaces
Popular counter tops such as quartz and limestone are good choices because both are non-porous, which basically means they don’t stain easily and are resistant to heat. Bear in mind that quartz, like any stone surface can chip easily and be costly to repair.
Another reason to cover countertops with a material such as wood is its durability as well as homey style. A butcher block blends well with just about everything from various kinds of wood cabinets to stainless steel appliances. It is easy to care for and typically does not need to be resurfaced because scratches and cuts are part of its appeal. In other words, the more used the butcher blocks appears, the better it looks as time goes by. Every once in a while, it needs to be oiled with a light mineral oil to keep the wood supple, but other than that, it wears well.
Many homeowners prefer to cover countertops with stainless steel because of its clean, professional appearance. While stainless steel is a hard surface and stands up well to daily use, it does show scratches easily. Once the scratches and marks are present, they can sometimes be buffed out.
Perhaps one of the least expensive ways to cover countertops is with porcelain tiles. Common in kitchens across the board, tile is durable, withstands heat well, is available in many patterns and colors, and is easy to install. It is also simple to take care of with a cloth and kitchen cleaning agent. One drawback is that it can chip and crack easily.