All of your kitchen work including – cutting, chopping, cooking, grinding, is done on the countertops of your kitchen. Therefore, whether it is a functionality aspect or the matter of aesthetic looks, countertops are given the most importance, while constructing a kitchen.
Nowadays, you can find hundreds of designs and materials for your kitchen slabs; but, sometimes availability of a number of options hinders you reaching a particular decision. Following is the detail of some contemporary countertops; you can choose the one while comparing the price, quality, look and trends.
1. Granite Countertops
Being the natural stone, granite does not just maintain its durability but also increases your kitchen’s aesthetic by giving it a more natural look. It is highly resistant to scratches but gets stained easily, if not taken care properly. The protective sealing on the granite countertops needs to be replaced at least once a year. However, you still need to avoid spilling oil and other staining liquids because sealing does not make it 100% stain proof. Avoid placing hot pans on the granite as the fissures in the material can become a cause of cracks. Granite countertops are available in a variety of colors in the market.
2. Laminate Countertops
These types of counter tops are made up of laminated paper with a plastic covering on the top. Choosing a laminated countertop is good because not it is highly economical but is also available in a variety of colors, styles and textures. It is resistant to stains and bacteria. However, these are not heat resistant and the scratches and cuts are irreparable on laminated countertops.
3. Marble Countertops
Marble countertops are still in fashion for their durability, versatility and price factor. These are available in a variety of colors and materials; each having different price with respect to the quality. These days, black and dark greenish marble tops are in vogue in Pakistan. Marble slabs are highly resistant to stains and scratches and are much more durable. These are much easier to maintain than any other material.
4. Stainless Steel Countertops
Undoubtedly, these types of kitchen slabs give a posh, chic and expensive look to your kitchen. Being the most expensive choice, these are not very common in Pakistani kitchens. Having a non-porous surface, these are durable and also control the growth of bacteria. These are light-weighted and are easy to maintain, you just can use baby oil to make them look like new. However, these are highly noisy and can be dented, if a heavy item falls on them. In Pakistan, where the trend of home-made food is high, having a stainless steel kitchen is not a good choice for a high-traffic area because the noise of the slabs might annoy you sometimes.
5. Wooden Countertops
Being more susceptible to stains, wooden countertops are not that much common. These are available in a variety of colors and designs. Mostly oak and maple wood is used in making kitchen slabs. These are less expensive than the laminated slabs but are costlier than stone, granite, tiles and steeps.
By taking the services of a top interior designer in Pakistan, you can get more ideas about choosing a type of a countertop for your kitchen.
This article is written by Amer Adnan Associates, a leading Architectural Design and Construction firm in Pakistan, offering Interior Design, 3D Elevation Support and Construction services throughout Pakistan.