There are 3 main types of countertops used in homes. They range from natural stone, like granite, soapstone, and slate, to ceramic tiles, to wood. So how do you know which one you will like most? Windsor Construction is here to help you find out. 

Granite countertop
A very popular natural stone found in kitchens is granite. Though once found in mainly expensive and high-end homes, granite is becoming more and more common today. Granite has become so popular because it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. From deep reds to vibrant blues, granite is a great choice for your kitchen countertops. 

Ceramic tile
Ceramic tile is becoming less common because of the shift toward low-maintenance and seam-free counters, however it can add an artistic flair to your space. Ceramic tile is often added on top of existing plastic laminate. When picking out which tiles you want in your home, be sure to use tiles rated for your usage. For instance, you really don’t want to use wall tile on your countertop because it is too thin and can crack easily.

Wood countertop
The third and final countertop material is wood. Wood is also losing its prominence in the kitchen due to misconceptions about its cleanliness. In a University of Wisconsin study, microbiologists contaminated wood cutting boards and plastic cutting boards. They found that 99.9% of the bacteria on the wood board died within 3 minutes of exposure. Many people believe that plastic is a more sterile environment but the University of Wisconsin study shows evidence against that. Wood countertops are typically crafted from rock maple which is a dense, blond hardwood.

If you’d like to learn more about countertops and how a simple change can make a dramatic difference in your home, please contact us at Windsor Construction.


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