What are the common kitchen countertop materials
At present, there are mainly four kinds of cabinet countertop materials most commonly used in the market: natural stone, artificial stone, quartz stone, and stainless steel. Now let us analyze the characteristics of each of them.
Natural stone countertops
Natural stone countertops are divided into granite countertops and marble countertops. The difference between these two countertops lies in their appearance. Different, the marble pattern is relatively soft, the appearance has the texture of the biological remains, and the surface stripe distribution is irregular; while the granite is slightly white or gray with spots in the appearance, and the addition of potassium feldspar makes it red or flesh-colored.
Natural marble: It has natural texture and is more beautiful, but natural marble has pores and is easy to store grease, and natural marble is brittle. It cannot be made of countertops longer than 1 meter. Countertops made of natural marble will have Seams, these seams are also easy to accumulate dirt and affect hygiene. At present, fireproof board countertops are widely welcomed by people with their moderate prices, and artificial stone countertops are increasingly popular with people for their excellent quality. Natural marble is rarely used as a countertop.
Artificial stone countertops
Artificial stone, also known as polymer solid slab, is made of natural mineral powder + masterbatch ＋Acrylic resin glue, a board processed by high temperature and high pressure, with uniform texture and no pores, is recognized by the market as the most suitable cabinet panel material for modern kitchens.
Advantages: Artificial stone is more wear-resistant, acid-resistant, high-temperature resistant, and has strong functions such as impact resistance, compression resistance, flexural resistance, and penetration resistance. The processing of deformation, bonding, turning and other parts is unique; it is rich in patterns, integrally formed, and can be repeatedly polished and refurbished. Therefore, the anti-fouling power is strong, because there are no pores on the surface, oil and water stains are not easy to penetrate into it. General stains can be wiped off with a damp cloth or detergent; it can be seamlessly bonded at any length, and two pieces of adhesive of the same material After bonding, it is polished, and there is no trace at the seams.
Disadvantages: The naturalness is obviously insufficient, the texture is relatively fake; the price is higher.
Quartz stone countertops
Quartz stone is a special artificial stone that does not have any harmful radioactive elements to the human body. Quartz stone is hard in texture, rich in color, anti-corrosion, easy to clean and beautiful in appearance. It is the most ideal material for kitchen and bathroom cabinet countertops in the world. Its price is also the highest among several materials. When choosing kitchen cabinet countertop materials, it is recommended to analyze and choose according to the family's economic capacity and countertop usage. Both artificial stone and quartz stone are good countertop materials.
Stainless steel countertops
Advantages: Various studies have shown that stainless steel countertops rank first in anti-bacterial regeneration ability compared with other countertops. Environmental protection and no radiation. Long service life, durable, easy to clean, always bright as new.
Disadvantages: it is not scratch resistant, and scratches can be drawn on any hard object. Then permanently irreparable. Even if the salesman tells you to sell the so-called patterned countertops, 'said it will not be scratched or not obvious
In general, these four materials still have their own characteristics and strengths, so when everyone is designing and installing cabinet countertops, Comprehensive consideration should be made according to your own preferences and the overall decoration style of the kitchen.