Kitchen countertops can be a wide range of materials. Here are a few non-stone options as compared to 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.
Wood – 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 – 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 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. Contact Architecture Stones to purchase a natural stone countertop today.