Suitable materials for kitchen countertops include fireproof board, artificial stone, natural marble, granite, stainless steel, etc. How to choose? Let us first understand their characteristics.
◆The artificial stone countertop is made of stone powder and artificial fiber through high temperature and high pressure. Its main characteristics are that it is colorful, has no pores on the surface, has strong stain resistance, acid resistance, corrosion resistance, abrasion resistance, and is easy to clean. It combines the elegance of natural marble with the hardness of granite. The surface has a wood-like delicate and warm feeling, has a ceramic-like luster, is extremely plastic, and the seams are tight or even seamless. The lines are round and smooth and can be made into any shape. Among the imported artificial stone countertops, DuPont Corian and Selenite are the top products in the countertops, but the price per square meter is one to two thousand yuan more expensive than the domestic ones; the domestic artificial stone countertops cost about 1,000 yuan per square meter.
◆The base material of the fireproof board is MDF, the finish is fireproof board, and the thickness is generally 4mm. Colorful and diverse, fireproof, moisture-proof, oil-stain resistant, acid and alkali resistant, high temperature resistant, easy to clean. However, the quality of the internal matrix affects the service life of the fireproof board.
◆Stainless steel countertops are durable and easy to clean. However, the single color of stainless steel countertops makes people feel incomparable, not warm and lacks the warmth of the family. At present, it is no longer popular under the popular household atmosphere that emphasizes individuality and advocates returning to nature.
◆Natural marble and granite have natural textures and are more beautiful, but the natural stone has pores and is easy to accumulate grease, and natural marble is brittle, so it is impossible to make countertops with a width of more than 1 meter. The countertops made of natural stone will have seams, and these seams are also easy to contain dirt and affect hygiene.
In a comprehensive comparison, fireproof board countertops have price advantages, artificial stone countertops are increasingly popular with people for their excellent quality, while natural stone and stainless steel used as countertops have gradually decreased.