If you are in the process of upgrading your home, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, you are a witness to the numerous options for countertops that are available. You may find it difficult to explore all available options and determine what is right for your kitchen or bathroom.
Sometimes knowing what to avoid can be significantly important when it comes to making a decision. Here are a few surfaces that you should avoid:
Concrete: There are numerous disadvantages to this material, some of which could become extremely expensive and time consuming. Concrete must be sealed with a special sealant or it could sustain water damage. Bacteria is another hazard with this stone when it gets wet. This can make it dangerous to prepare food on. Concrete is expensive to install and upkeep.
Solid Surfaces: These are typically made of acrylic polymer and are prone to heat damage. These materials also require more maintenance than natural stones like granite and marble. Inevitably, you may scratch or crack the surface of your counters through ordinary use or unpredicted mishaps. With a solid surface these mishaps become permanent damage. These materials also come with size restrictions making them impossible to fit to oversized area like those found with the increasing popularity of large island or peninsula style kitchens.
Butcher’s block: Another material that can come with significant disadvantages is wood. Again sealing and treating with a chemical is a requirement so water and other fluid can’t penetrate them and create food preparation, if not structural, hazards. Wood is soft and easily damaged. Even though it is commonly referred to as Butcher’s Block, cutting anything on these surfaces will likely result in cuts or scratches. They can be sanded out, but over time you can be left with large divots and discolored areas on your surfaces.
Now that you’re aware of what to avoid, check out the inventory located at Elegant Granite and Marble to explore your best options at replacing those counter tops with granite or marble.