I’m guessing I’m not alone in being totally bored with what some home owners cherish as the top of their “must-haves” list when it comes to kitchen countertops: granite, granite, granite…(yawn!). It’s time we hop off this particular decor bandwagon and explore other alternatives (or at least those of you in the midst of remodeling or building a new home). There is something special about the following materials; some have a lasted the test of time durability and style wise, others are trending now because of their hip, sustainable and/or inexpensive attributes. Either which way, any one of these countertop alternatives will give your home sophisticated cool factor…no hum-drum worries here.
#1. Stainless Steel
Classic, industrial and durable you really can’t go wrong with stainless steel. With its easy clean-up and ability to handle high heat, your kitchen will be looking polished for years to come.
Always dark in color, soapstone is also very durable, easily cleanable, and will not stain. Additionally, this material can withstand hot pots, citrus and wine. Party on!
Because of its malleability, versatility, and low cost, concrete is a fantastic surface for countertops. It is also a unique and customizable feature that can be colored and coated to your design taste. A bit susceptible to staining, a good sealant will do the trick.
This beautiful stone quarts does not stain, crack or scratch and doesn’t require sealing. It also comes in various colors that are true from the factory sample to your home (taking the guess work out of selecting the exact color you want-unlike granite). What’s more, it’s also made from recycled materials.
Shown on the left countertop, PaperStone is a green product made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper, mixed with PetroFree™ resin. It’s easy to take care of and resistant to stains, scratches, and bacteria. It also looks quite modern and comes in varying colors. By installing a PaperStone countertop, you’ll be able to hug a tree and make dinner at the same time.