I took a few months to choose the material for my countertop.
Base supporting the countertop?
When choosing countertops, there are two options for the base to support it: a concrete structure or wooden carcass supporting your countertop. A concrete structure would be more expensive but is more durable.
As a cook, there are some things to consider:
- Stains- Cooking with turmeric?
- Heat- Putting a hot pot on the countertop?
- Force- Using a mortar or pestle or chopping up a chicken?
- Sun- Any exposure of sunlight to the countertop?
- Laminate: Paper + Resin on chip block
- Solid Surface: Made of acrylic and polyester RM 140pfr
- Tiles: Tiles varies in size- ceramic and porcelain RM180pfr including concrete structure
- Quartz: An engineered stone made up of resin and natural stones. RM 180- 250pfr
- Granite: Natural stone RM 180-250pfr
- Marble: Natural stone. Cool surface for baking.
- Butcher block (wood): Consist of wood+ adhesive.
- Concrete: Trendy and industrial look
The dry kitchen countertop will be the baking zone (kneading dough) and preparation zone (e.g. cutting vegetables) so I need it to be stain resistant.
The wet kitchen countertop will be the cooking zone and there is also a skylight above the wet kitchen countertop. I will need it to be heat resistant and not fade too much in the sunlight.
I had narrowed it down to Quartz and Granite initially.
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Quartz is a man made stone and contains resin. The resin makes it non porous giving it a stain resistant characteristics and its hardness makes it durable to scratching and chipping. The disadvantage is that the resin is not heat resistant and discolours in sunlight.
Granite is a natural stone so it is porous and would require a sealant. The darker granite is less porous and some might not require a sealant.
I had made my decision on it until I thought about a concrete structure for the wet kitchen so that it is easy to clean.
And I thought…
What about porcelain tiles?
It is heat resistant, non porous so stain resistant, does not fade too much in sunlight.
The only drawback is the grout lines so dirt can accumulate and it does not look as nice.
It is certainly more budget friendly.
Dry kitchen: Quartz +wooden carcass.
Quartz is stain resistant but not stain proof so I chose one with grainy appearance. I will still need to be careful though with turmeric and wipe stains off as soon as possible.
Wet Kitchen: Porcelain tiles (2ftX2ft) +concrete structure
Noted that the larger tiles it is the more likely it will crack or come out so I will need spare ones.