Conventional countertop materials such as marble and ceramic tiles have been in use for years, but these materials are prone to chipping and staining. That is the reason why an increasing number of architects and interior designers are now turning to kitchen laminates that are both aesthetically pleasing and durable. While NewMika has got you covered with a wide range of premium kitchen countertop laminates, we discuss the pros and cons of some of the most commonly used surfacing materials for kitchen countertops. Take a look.
A laminate countertop comprises a core of particleboard or MDF, with the surfacing of a laminate sheet. Laminates are manufactured to be stain resistant, abrasion resistant and crack resistant. Another advantage of laminates is their availability in various designs, colors and textures, which allows you to customize the look of the kitchen countertop to match other design. Laminates are also easy to install, maintain and repair than most of the traditional countertop materials.
Ceramic tile countertops are made by installing separate clay-based tiles pasted over a cement-board sublayer using thin-set mortar adhesives. While ceramic tiles are easy to install, they are not an ideal option for kitchen countertops, as they are quite brittle and therefore, may break under the pressure of kitchen equipment or utensils. Moreover, tiles cannot be repaired, and therefore, have to be replaced, if damaged.
Granite is another commonly used surfacing material for kitchen countertops. While granite slabs make for strong and durable countertops, it is an expensive proposition. Moreover, granite slabs also require periodic sealing to protect them from stains, and often starts separating from the base after some years of usage.
While marble’s unique appearance and veined patterns make it an aesthetically pleasing kitchen countertop material, it is a quite porous and soft stone. The softness makes marble prone to scratching, knives and other kitchen utensils. If you use marble, you will also need a surfacing material to protect it from stains, which will add to the overall cost.
No matter the material you choose for your kitchen countertop, one thing is clear - you will need a surfacing material to protect your counters. Engineered kitchen laminates offer a perfect solution to the problem of cracks, scratches and stains. Moreover, you get to choose from a exhaustive variety of textures and patterns. Checkout our kitchen laminates catalogue to explore some truly exciting options. If you have any other questions or wish to discuss your requirement, fill out our contact form or simply call +91 11-4279-1399.