If you are looking to create a modern and unforgettable new look for your kitchen in 2013, then giving careful attention to the look and design of your new countertops would be time well spent.
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, countertops featuring quartz and concrete top the list of kitchen remodeling trends for 2013. Both surfaces fit the bill for those who want a look that is both warm, sleek and offers high quality.
Quartz works so well in the kitchen because of its unbeatable durability and timeless beauty. Made out of real stone and man-made materials, quartz is impervious to scratching and can handle hot pots without branding the surface. Most countertops have to be treated with kindness and tender loving care to maintain its flawless luster, however, the toughness of the quartz surface makes the counter almost impossible to damage.
And, unlike granite, quartz does not require sealing. Its natural smooth non-porous surface makes it a good choice for the kitchen where bacteria, like salmonella, as well as mold and mildew can incubate and easily spread from one surface to another. The smooth surface of quartz means that the food prepared and served from your kitchen will be not only nourishing, but also safe.
Using concrete for countertops is also trending for 2013. Concrete countertops offer a stylish option for those who are environmentally conscious, but love the look of natural stone. Like quartz, concrete's durability makes it resistant to scratches, dents and color changes due to pot burns once they have been properly sealed.
The versatility of concrete countertops is also appealing. Concrete counters are often poured and cured onsite allowing for one-of-a-kind designs. Whether your taste calls for a round design or one that is angular, concrete can be molded to meet any desired shape or size.