What Countertop is Right for Your Home

When it comes to choosing bathroom and kitchen countertops for your Vancouver or Greater Vancouver area home, the number of options available can be overwhelming. With so many different materials and finishes available, there are hundreds of possibilities to choose from. So which material is best? Let’s review the pros and cons of five common countertop materials:

1. Marble 

  • Pros: Marble is an elegant choice for any countertop. It comes in a range of colours and finishes and is highly heat resistant. 
  • Cons: The main drawback of marble is that it’s porous and easily stained. Marble also doesn’t stand up well to scratches and can chip if not treated with care. 
  • Where it works best: In the bathroom. 
2. Granite
 
  • Pros: Granite boasts unrivalled natural beauty and can give any room an elegant, high-end look. It comes in a number of different finishes and is heat, stain and scratch resistant.
  • Cons: Granite is naturally porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis in order to maintain the finish. Unsealed granite can stain easily, and the corners and edges of granite countertops are vulnerable to chipping. Granite is also more expensive. 
  • Where it works best: Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms. 
3. Quartz
 
  • Pros: Quartz is a hard and incredibly durable natural material. It’s not porous and is highly resistant to heat and staining. 
  • Cons: Quartz is prone to chipping, especially around the edges and corners of your countertop.
  • Where it works best: Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms. 
4. Corian
 
  • Pros: Corian, a surface material made from acrylic polymer, is non-porous and highly resistant to heat, scratches and stains. It’s incredibly versatile and can be moulded to any shape. Corian countertops can also look like one piece by sanding and polishing the joints for a seamless finish. 
  • Cons: The finish on a Corian countertop won’t be as bright and shiny as other materials. 
  • Where it works best: Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms. 
5. Laminate
 
  • Pros: Laminate is one of the most inexpensive countertop options, and it comes in an impressive variety of colours and finishes, including some higher-end options. 
  • Cons: Laminate is prone to warping when exposed to water. It is easily damaged, and impossible to repair. 
  • Where it works best: The kitchen. 
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