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Our home & style director, Ann Marie Favot, offers a primer on kitchen countertop options.
Q: I'm thinking of swapping out the countertop in my kitchen. What material should I use?
This decision is individual, depending on your style and budget. We help you narrow things down with the basic pros and cons of the most common materials. $$$ Natural stone: It boasts one-of-a-kind patterns and good heat-resistance. However, it's porous, so it can chip and stain, requiring regular resealing. $$ Engineered stone: A mix of crystallized stone, resin and pigment, this durable surface comes in a range of colours but doesn't stand up as well to heat. $ Laminate: This composite of resin and paper or plastic is affordable and comes in a wide selection of finishes. But it's highly heat-sensitive and vulnerable to water damage, if the outer layer is compromised.
Q: Is there a more affordable option?
Want the trendy look of white marble without the fuss of high-maintenance natural stone? Get the best of both worlds with these look-alike surfaces. The imitations are so good, they'll make you do a double take.