Selecting the right countertop for your home

Monday Nov 06th, 2017


When replacing your countertop, you need to consider both your individual style and your budget before choosing a surface. To help you with your project, Rose DiFonzo, kitchen and installs expert at The Home Depot shares a few helpful insights.

Lasting durability. If your last countertop took a beating and you are not looking to make the same mistakes, invest in Silestone, a combination of natural quartz, raw minerals and resin. This extraordinarily resilient, non-porous work surface is completely maintenance-free, and holds up against staining, scratching and scorching and requires no sealing or polishing.

Classic elegance. For centuries, granite has been the material of choice for builders and sculptors alike. This stone comes in a wide range of natural colours and is resistant to heat, scratches and stains. Its rich veining and unique specks mean that each countertop features its own one-of-a-kind pattern, making it no surprise why many think granite is the perfect kitchen countertop material.

Versatile design. For the aspiring interior designer, Corian countertops offer homeowners the option to use in both horizontal and vertical applications. The sky’s the limit, allowing you to cut, mould, rout or carve to suit all your design needs. With an expansive selection of colours, this is also stain-resistant surface.

Greener footprint. If you prefer eco-friendly alternatives when shopping, look no further than. ECO. It’s an original product manufactured from 75 per cent recycled materials such as mirror, glass and porcelain — even 94 per cent of the water used in its manufacturing process is re-used. Embrace this scratch-resistant, easy-to-maintain surface while reducing landfill waste.

Lasting performance. For the chef on the move, your work surface needs to be virtually indestructible. Consider Dekton countertops, which are created by simulating the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years. As a result, this sophisticated blend of the raw materials holds up under extreme temperatures and refuses to scorch or crack.

Budget conscious. If you are looking for a cost-effective way to give your kitchen an update, laminate countertops are the material for you. With the widest selection offered, you can choose from a myriad of colours, patterns, textures and finishes, making this the perfect option to satisfy all kitchen styles. Laminate countertops also offer a DIY option, so you can save money on installation.

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