Family Friendly Countertop Ideas in Design

With all the different design options ranging from them all including very different materials, it can be very difficult to narrow it down to which design element is the best for you. One of the most popular design details that this includes is deciding which countertop material is best to use in your home. For that reason, countertop trends are important to look at. This article is going to discuss three of the most popular countertop materials and discuss the pros and cons
of them being family friendly elements.


It comes as not a surprise that granite countertops are still a hot design element even years after they first became popular. They are constantly seen on HGTV and other remodeling shows, as well as a popular choice in design showrooms, but are they truly the best to be used in your home? Granite is well-known as being the sturdiest of countertop options, as well as being virtually indestructible by being stain, chip, and heat resistant. Not only do they offer a more high-end appearance, but it also helps to hide any spills or damage that may occur to them. All of which sounds perfect for a family friendly countertop; however, granite does require upkeeping. To keep your granite countertop in its best shape, you must seal it every so often to make sure it stays sturdy and clean, which many busy families may often forget about. Also, even though granite is one of the sturdiest and has many pros for being family friendly, it does come with the cost of it being a bit more of a pricey countertop material.

Solid Surface

Maybe not as popular as granite, but still a great looking countertop option is solid surface countertops. These countertops are consistent in their appearance because they are one solid material, but they are available in a variety of different designs as a result. The biggest difference between granite and solid material is that solid surface is nearly non-porous, meaning that it is highly hygienic since it keeps germs and mold from growing below the surface. As a result, no sealing is required, and the only maintenance it needs is cleaning it with warm water and soap. However, solid surface countertops are susceptible to scratches, but you can usually try to buff them out with a little sand paper. Out of all the options for countertop materials, solid surface is most often the popular choice for a family friendly countertop because it offers customization for a lower price, as well as offering low maintenance and reliability.


Another option that may offer the best of both worlds is quartz countertops. These countertops are made of a man-made stone, which offers a similar look to the natural stone of granite, but they also have similar trait to solid surface that makes them non-porous, and mostly immune to germs growing under the surface. As a result of it being man-made, it can very rarely be cracked or chipped, and it is also stain resistant. Likewise, quartz is a low maintenance material
that does not require special soap or sealing to keep it clean. Although this material is a bit pricey, similar to granite, it can offer a family friendly option that requires less maintenance if you still desire to have a natural stone like appearance. Although there are many countertop materials, the most popular choices include a granite, solid surface, or quartz. By picking a countertop material that fits your lifestyle, you can reasonably decide if you can keep up with the maintenance, as well as knowing which countertop qualities are the most important to you. If you are thinking about remodeling your countertops, consider
reaching out to Baine Contracting, Inc. to help you create your own dream kitchen space.

By Shannon Johnstone at Baine Contracting, Inc.