Top 5 Low-Maintenance Countertops
All countertops need to be washed regularly, but some require extensive maintenance. If you want a surface that’s easy to care for and looks good, choose one of these five materials.
These countertops are made of ground-up quartz held together with non-porous resin binders and pigments. This material offers the look and functionality of natural stone without the need to seal it regularly. Since this material is available in a wide variety of patterns and colours, you’re sure to find one that matches your kitchen.
2. Solid surface
This manufactured material is non-porous and resistant to both stains and damage. Since slabs of solid surface countertops can be custom-shaped and seamlessly fused together, you don’t have to worry about food and grime building up in the cracks. These countertops come in a range of patterns and colours, so you can opt for simplicity or choose a pattern that mimics natural stone.
In addition to being low-maintenance, laminate countertops are inexpensive. They’re also hard to stain and nearly impossible to break. Many manufacturers even add an antimicrobial agent to protect the surface of the material. Before you write them off as unattractive, keep in mind that laminate products have come a long way in the last few decades.
4. Stainless steel
This material is a staple in professional kitchens, but it’s also increasingly popular among homeowners because of how easy it is to maintain. Stainless steel doesn’t need to be sealed or refinished, and it’s virtually indestructible. The material also develops a beautiful matte patina over time.
If your heart is set on natural stone, soapstone is your best bet. This durable, non-porous material is unaffected by heat and won’t be damaged by acidic substances like wine, vinegar and tomatoes. Made of talc, it’s a softer stone that develops a patina over time. Although soapstone doesn’t require more than a regular cleaning, you can use mineral oil to make the surface darker if you choose.
Alberta’s choice for countertops
If you’re renovating your kitchen or bathroom, the experts at PF Custom Countertops can help you choose the perfect low-maintenance counters. We offer high-end quartz brands, like Caesarstone and Corian, as well as laminate, solid surface and natural stone countertops. Drop by our Edmonton showroom to see why we’re a top choice among Alberta homeowners or call us today for a free estimate.