When upgrading your kitchen, there comes a time in the process where you have to choose between redoing your countertops or upgrading them completely. The decision may be difficult because of the various selections available. However, you have to select the type that not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen, but also which type is the most functional. The list below provides some tips on the various materials you can use for your countertops.

Granite Countertops

One of the most popular types of countertop materials is granite, because it is considered durable and elegant. Granite countertops have a strong surface, which makes it difficult for liquids to seep through and ruin the polished finish on top. It's made up of natural grains and each look is different. However, it's considered porous, which means that the seals should be checked regularly to ensure it hasn't started to loosen. In addition, it's easy to keep clean and can be wiped down with soap and a damp cloth.

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel countertops are a good choice for kitchen decor if you're going for a modern industrial or farmhouse look. There are so many options available with stainless steel countertops such as having a drain board and apron built into the countertops to catch liquid made out of the stainless steel materials. Harsh cleaning agents should not be used on stainless steel. Consider disinfecting with vinegar and water instead.

Engineered Stone Countertops

Engineered stone countertops are made using quartz materials, making them tough and durable. It favors the look of natural stone, but can mimic a variety of materials including marble. The material can withstand heavy materials and easy to clean as well with soap and water. 

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is considered to be soft to the touch and has a pliable texture. In addition, it's heat resistant and doesn't absorb stains on the surface, making it easy to retain the polished look. However, if you use harsh materials on the surface, it can scratch. If this occurs, you will need to sandblast it out.

Glass Countertops

If you want a modern and sophisticated look to your countertops, consider using glass surfaces. Visually, it's stunning, but keeping them clean can be a pain. The glass used for these countertops is extremely strong and also heat resistant. However, it can be susceptible to scratching and cracking.

If you are unsure of the type of countertops that would work for your kitchen, consult with a contractor, or contact a company like House Of Floors.