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Kitchen countertops can be a wide range of materials. Here are a few non-stone options as compared to natural stone countertops.

Here is a comparison of different countertop materials versus natural stone countertops.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops are durable and heat resistant, but very expensive and can scratch easily. Compared to stone countertops, they have an industrial look and can be easier to clean, but the cold and noisy material can feel surgical rather than warm and inviting.

Furthermore, as the name implies, they are stain-resistant. Have you ever spilled a glass of red wine? Wipe it up without fear of leaving a stain! Oils, acids, beverages, and other substances that could stain wooden worktops will not set on stainless steel—ideal for the room in the house that hosts the most of the culinary disasters.

Wood

The majority of wood counters are fashioned of conventional butcher block, and while they may be utilized for light meal preparation, they are rarely used for chopping these days. They are more popular because of their appearance. Less expensive woods are frequently used to line the kitchen as a stylish, cost-effective surface; pricier species are used to top islands or breakfast bars, where they create a pleasant textural contrast or a furniture-like finish.

The range of woods available is amazing, ranging from finely grained maple to deep, rich walnut, dramatic mesquite, and exotic iroko. Yes, wood is a terrific choice, but it does necessitate some maintenance.

Wooden countertops on the other hand, are very warm and inviting. They’re softer than natural stone countertops, though, and can be scratched, cut and stained. They can be less hygienic than natural stone as well, since bacteria can develop if not properly maintained.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is heat and water resistant, and when correctly glazed, it will not discolor. Proper grout sealant helps guarantee that the grout does not discolor or stain, and big-format tiles cover a vast area with few grout lines.

Since tile countertops can be self-installed, they are usually a cheaper option to natural stone, although custom tiles can become very expensive. They also have more design options than other countertop materials. They are more difficult to clean, however, especially in the grout lines, and can crack under impact.

Natural Stone

Natural stone countertops are the most durable and luxurious countertop material. Natural stone like quartz, marble and granite keeps your kitchen clean and can still be quite inviting.

Whether granite, marble, or quartz; these stones will elevate the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom in a simple and easy way.

Contact Architecture Stones to purchase a natural stone countertop today.