Kitchen Countertops - For The Modern Kitchen
Kitchen countertops come in many different shapes, colours and sizes. In this article, we’re going to explore the various countertop options on the market to give you some ideas for giving your kitchen a new look.
Kitchen Countertops Options
Quartz Kitchen Countertops
(Pictured: 5133 Symphony Grey)
First, it’s a good idea for us to establish why quartz kitchen countertops are the best option on the market today. In the 1990s and early 2000s, natural stone countertops dominated the market. These materials presented some significant challenges, including high costs and risks of staining, but people were willing to endure them in light of stone’s unparalleled beauty.
Fast forward to the present day, however, and engineered stone has become both affordable and beautiful enough to rank above the competition in all categories.
New methods in the manufacture of quartz allows the buyer to choose countertops that are incredibly durable, that never need sealing and that are naturally scratch, stain, heat and chemically resistant.
Plus, because composite quartz is non-porous, imagine how hygienic the focal point of family gatherings will be when your kitchen countertop is close to 100% bacteria-free. Because the need for maintenance and upkeep is extremely low, it’s no wonder that countertops made of composite quartz are now seen as the fashionably practical choice.
Now that we’ve given you an overview of why quartz outshines all other types of kitchen countertops, let’s explore the various options you have within quartz.
Endless Colour Options
(Pictured: 2003 Concrete)
Quartz countertops are produced by mixing loose quartz with various resins and pigments. The right formulations of these pigments helps the surface achieve a whole host of desired colours; browns, pinks, greys -- and of course the classic colours below.
Black Kitchen Countertops
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Black kitchen countertops made from quartz provide unparalleled richness, whether you’re looking for contrast in a white kitchen or a surface that blends into a kitchen with darker hues.
Even within the category of black countertops, you have many different variations to choose from.
White Kitchen Countertops
(Pictured: Misty Carrera)
No matter what shade you choose, the right white countertop will add freshness to your kitchen, even making it feel bigger.
Modern Kitchen Countertops
(Pictured: 4011 Cloudburst Concrete)
Quartz is the best modern kitchen countertops material available today -- but you should know that by now, having gotten an overview of its strengths and a glimpse of its beauty in the photos above.
Perhaps one of the best indicators of quartz’s suitability for modern kitchen countertops, however, is its versatility.
Quartz is engineered stone; it can be molded into just about any shape imaginable. That makes it perfect for a conventional countertop, but also great for entire islands or other free-standing surfaces. It’s the perfect companion for a modern kitchen.
Cost of Kitchen Countertops
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Within quartz kitchen countertops, you also have a considerable range of prices.
Affordable Kitchen Countertops
Good affordable quartz countertops will start at about $40 per square foot, which is competitive when you consider the cost of other kitchen countertops and the high degree of quality you get with quartz.
It’s important to shop wisely, however; there are plenty of wholesale quartz countertop providers selling “affordable kitchen countertops” that are made poorly and will need to be replaced quickly. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is -- especially when it comes to discount kitchen countertops.
Luxury Kitchen Countertops
For those to whom money is no object, there are many types of kitchen countertops made from quartz to choose from.
These will hover around the $100 per square foot mark. At this price point, you’ll get the best of the best -- and at a relative bargain, considering luxury countertops made from natural stones like granite will cost you dearly by way of maintenance.
Conversely, luxury kitchen countertops made from quartz will add value to your home and the maintenance requirements are very low.
Kitchen Countertops: Why Caesarstone is Canada’s First Choice
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As you can see, there are many kitchen countertops options out there as far as style and cost go. When it comes to finding the best quality, both in product and service, however, there’s one clear choice: Caesarstone.
At Caesarstone, the value of a quartz countertop goes beyond price. Our team of professionals works to ensure that homeowners are able to enjoy kitchen countertops that reflect ageless, modern spaces.
We supply you with kitchen countertop options that include the use of composite quartz, which provides a vast array of colours and textures.
These are easily matched to other kitchen furniture. Whether you are the traditional type that enjoys a warm and cozy English or French influence, or you are a bit more experimental, enjoying eco-friendly, minimalist designs, Caesarstone’s materials can satisfy even the most demanding of sensibilities.
When building the kitchen of your dreams, the creative freedom you are afforded by working with Caesarstone’s groundbreaking materials is simply unequaled.
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We hope this exploration of the various kitchen top options available has left you with some solid ideas for designing your perfect kitchen.
To recap, your options cover basically every aspect; the material, style, and cost of kitchen countertops are all things you get to choose.
With some of those variables, the choice is clear; for example, with material, your best bet is undoubtedly quartz. When it comes to style, Caesarstone offers numerous colours and edge options for you to choose from when shopping for new countertops.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you paint kitchen countertops?
The primary factor influencing how you paint kitchen countertops is the material. Generally, you begin by lightly sanding the surface, then applying two coats of primer, followed by two coats of paint and clear acrylic.
For those who would rather not deal with the potential headache of a paint job gone wrong, look into replacing your countertop with quartz that never needs to be painted or revitalized.
How do you remove kitchen countertops?
After disconnecting the supply lines running to your surface area (including supply lines for the sink and electrical outlets), loosen the adhesive joining the countertop to the base cabinets. You can achieve this with a caulk softener.
You may need to exercise some patience here. Eventually, however, the caulk softener will have done its job and the countertop will come loose.
How do you refurbish kitchen countertops?
At Caesarstone, we produce a countertop refurbishing solution called Transform. This allows you to place a quartz ‘cap’ directly on top of your existing countertop material. It’s a remarkably simple solution if an all-out replacement isn’t an option for you right now.
How do you take care of quartz kitchen countertops?
Quartz countertops generally require very little in the way of maintenance. Simply clean up spills as they happen and take care not to rest hot pots directly on the countertop surface.
Note, however, that the honed, concrete, and rough finishes require some additional care and maintenance.
How much is a quartz kitchen countertop?
Quartz kitchen countertops start at $40 per square foot and can climb in cost beyond $100 per square foot.
How durable are quartz kitchen countertops?
Quartz countertops are extremely durable; because the material is non-porous, it will not soak up spills.