KITCHENS COUNTERTOPS surfaces
Ever wondered what is the difference between the various types of kitchen countertops surfaces? It can be quite over whelming to choose depending on your budget with the variety of choices we have now a days.
1. QUARTZ : Quartz is an engineered stone made of quartz crystals that are mixed with resins and pigments. It is highly durable, non-porous, and resistant to scratches, stains, and heat. Quartz is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it a versatile option for kitchen surfaces.
2. PORCELAIN: Porcelain is a type of ceramic that is made by heating fine clay at high temperatures. It is highly durable, scratch-resistant, and non-porous, making it ideal for kitchen surfaces. Porcelain is available in a range of colors and patterns, and it can also be made to look like other materials such as marble or wood.
My personal recommendation would be to use Porcelain as it stains less and is totally heat resistant.
3. DEKTON: Dekton is a type of ultra-compact man made engineered surface made of a blend of raw materials used in the production of glass, porcelain, and quartz. It is highly resistant to scratches, stains, and heat, and it is also UV-resistant and non-porous. Dekton is available in a range of colors and finishes, including matte, textured, and polished. Considered the most durable and sophisticated material. Has a great selection of alternative looks.
4. MARBLE: Marble is a natural stone that is highly prized for its unique veining and color variations. It is softer and more porous than the other materials, making it more susceptible to scratches and stains. Marble is also heat-resistant, but it is not as durable as quartz, porcelain, or Dekton. This is a natural stone so the same piece will never be found twice. Can be on the expensive side though.
Growing up in England everyone had laminate work-surfaces. Not very popular now a days in Israel but improved technology has raised the standards. Most Ikea kitchens have a Laminate work surface. It is quick and easy to fit but scratches easily. Good for a low budget .
From a design perspective you don't need to have the same work-surfaces everywhere in my opinion. It is very current to have a different countertop on the island.
Mix & match work surfaces can give a great unique look.
Hope this is clear and helps you understand the difference
between all the different kitchen counter-tops materials.