Custom Countertops for Toronto Homes
Choosing a countertop for your kitchen used to be simple. Almost everyone selected laminate, and there were only a few colours available. These counters were affordable, easy to clean and install…and totally unremarkable. Fortunately, in the past few decades, many more choices have become available to Toronto homeowners. Once accessible to only the very wealthy, marble countertops are now an affordable alternative; this natural stone lends elegance to any room. Granite is a versatile and extremely durable material that’s available in a number of different varieties. Laminate is now manufactured in every colour of the rainbow, and ceramic tile i s available in a wide variety of design options. And an alternative like stainless steel can give your kitchen a sleek, modern look. Custom countertops are now common additions for Toronto home and condo owners.
Choosing the Ideal Countertop
Due to this overwhelming number of options, deciding which type of countertop will work best in your kitchen can now be a difficult task. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular types of kitchen countertop material:
- Granite. It is very tough and durable, and stands up well to water, knife nicks, heat, and other wear and tear. It’s also hygienic and easy to clean. Disadvantages include the fact that it’s very heavy and it must be sealed every two years or so to keep it stain resistant. It can cost more than other types of countertop material, although granite tiles are cheaper than slab granite.
- Marble. Its great advantage is appearance; a classic marble countertop will give your kitchen instant elegance. Marble is easy to clean, tough, and heat resistant. Disadvantages are few, but they include cost and a susceptibility to staining by acidic foods like tomato sauce. Marble also must be sealed periodically.
- Ceramic Tile. Advantages include the fact that it is very versatile – it’s available in various shapes, sizes, finishes, and hundreds of colours. Tile can be mixed and matched for a funky and eclectic look, or kept simple for a more sophisticated décor. It’s easy to install and clean. Disadvantages can include the fact that the tile is subject to nicks and chipping, and the surface can be uneven.
- Laminate. Pros include the fact that it’s stain-resistant and waterproof, as well as inexpensive. Laminate is easy to maintain, and it comes in every conceivable colour. However, it can crack and scratch, and it’s not heatproof.
- Corian. This solid surface is durable and smooth, and your sink and backsplash are easy to mould. Corian offers lots of colour and pattern options. Although it’s reasonably simple to sand out nicks and scratches, this material can be easily damaged by heat, and sometimes stains.
- Stainless Steel. Pros include the fact that it’s durable, stain and water resistant, easy to clean and maintain, and it reflects available light. A disadvantage that’s often overlooked is that this material can be noisy! It can also be scratched, and it shows fingerprints.
Be sure to seek out a reputable and knowledgeable supplier who can help you choose your new countertop surface.