[Which countertops are good for cabinets] How to choose cabinet countertops from the perspective of environmental protection
There are many common cabinet countertops in the general market. The most common ones are stone countertops and stainless steel countertops. Stone countertops are divided into marble, granite, quartz and other countertops.
Natural stone marble
Environmental protection index★
Advantages: rich color, soft texture, texture Natural and diverse, easy to cut or engrave;
Disadvantages: Because it is naturally formed, the fine loose cracks are easy to break. Because the stone is a porous material structure, if there is dirt and sewage infiltration during production, transportation or construction , It is difficult to clean and easy to crack. In daily cleaning, it is inevitable that some residues and dirt will fill in the cracks as the wipes are wiped, and become a breeding ground for bacteria. During the long process of natural stone formation in nature, due to the presence of heavy metal substances, there will be more or less radiation, which may cause harm to human health.
Environmental protection index★★★
Advantages: uniform texture and color of granite Rich, hard texture, with acid and alkali resistance, corrosion resistance, high temperature resistance and other characteristics. After polishing, the surface of the granite stone is as bright as a mirror, so no additional maintenance is required to use it for cabinet countertops, and the appearance and color can be kept smooth.
Disadvantages: The length of natural stone as a cabinet countertop material is usually not long, so if you want to make a long overall countertop (especially U-shaped and L-shaped countertops), there must be seams. These seams are also easy to hide dirt.
Environmental protection index★★★★
Advantages: currently the most popular in foreign countries And the most popular countertop is the quartz stone, which looks beautiful and generous with good gloss. Since the main component of quartz stone countertops is silica, it has no risk of radiation and feels smooth and cold to the touch. The quartz stone countertop is made of super hard environmentally friendly composite quartz material, which will not leave any traces when directly scratched with a knife. It has excellent properties such as super wear resistance, high temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, and non-toxicity. Since the quartz stone countertops have almost no pores, there is no need to worry about oil penetration. You only need to wipe with clean water daily. The service life of quartz stone countertops is as long as several decades, and the maintenance period can also be extended to 2-3 years.
Disadvantages: the number of colors available is general, the disadvantage is that the conjoined body has seams and the price is high
Environmental protection index★★★★
Advantages: The stainless steel material is made of thin steel sheet with a thickness of 1.2mm-2mm. There are many types of this material, the common ones are type 201 and type 304. Durable, easy to clean, can be truly seamless splicing, especially can be welded into a whole with stainless steel sink. Therefore, it is the most practical one among all countertop materials.
Disadvantages: The stainless steel countertop has a single color, which is difficult to integrate with the cabinet style. It is easy to leave marks after being scratched by hard objects.
From the above comparison, the quartz stone countertop and the stainless steel countertop are relatively the most environmentally friendly, so if it is recommended Health and environmental protection, you can give priority to these two selections.