Kitchen countertops can be functional, beautiful, and affordable. There are many options when choosing a countertop including natural stone, porcelain, quartz, laminate, wood, glass, and even paper composite, but for the very best value and longest life, you should keep the following five points in mind.
The ideal kitchen countertop should be:
• Heat resistant
• Impact resistant
• Resistant to cuts and abrasion
• Require minimum care
When following the above criteria, your best surface choices for a kitchen countertop will be Samsung Radianz quartz, granite, or tile, because they have excellent cutting, heat and abrasion properties, are easy to care for, and are very good stain resisters.
They also come in a wide variety of finishes and colors that work well with any kitchen design. But how do you decide between the three? You will need to evaluate the pros and cons of each and then pick the surface that’s best for your budget, lifestyle and kitchen.
Granite is a slab of natural stone that is quarried directly from the earth. Due to extreme conditions in which granite is formed, as well as its mineral composition, it is one of the hardest and most durable surfaces available. Colors are determined by the area of origin and each piece will be unique, making your kitchen one-of-a-kind. Arizona Tile offers more than 70 variations for granite kitchen countertops.
• Very durable
• Naturally stain resistant
• Easy to care for
• Heat resistant
• Unique colors and patterns that occur organically
• Can have design imperfections that occur naturally
Samsung Radianz Quartz is a blend of natural and man-made material that results in an easy-to-care-for countertop. More than 93% of the 122” x 60” slab is natural quartz crystals, one of the hardest minerals found in nature. Samsung Radianz Quartz is available in a large selection of consistent colors and patterns, eleven of which contain pre-consumer recycled content.
• Wide range of colors
• Scratch resistant surface
• Easy to maintain - no sealing needed
• Large slabs allow for more coverage and fewer seams
• Best-suited for interior use. Not recommended for exterior use because UV light can damage the appearance and color.
Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Countertops
Ceramic and porcelain tile are excellent heat resistors. They are affordable, durable, easy to clean, and come in many different styles, textures, and colors. It can even mimic natural stone surfaces.
• Heat and cut resistant
• Easy for homeowners to install
• Wide variety of sizes, styles, and colors
• Easy to clean
• Uneven counter surface
• Grout can discolor
• Tiles can chip or crack
Remember that although quartz, granite and tile each have drawbacks, any of these choices make for an excellent surface for your kitchen countertop. It’s up to you to decide which option will look best with your kitchen design, your use of the kitchen, and your budget. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team can help you decide which is the best option for you. Call or visit your local Arizona Tile showroom for a personal consultation.