The Best Heat Resistant Countertop Materials
January 1, 2021
Remodeling any room in your home can become a point of stress—but when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, the heat is really on.
Unlike other rooms, a dream kitchen must perfectly marry aesthetics and function. It’s not enough for a kitchen to be beautiful. Smart homeowners know that the attractive appliances and decor they select must also be able to hold up to regular contact with blades, spills, and temperature differentials.
This is perhaps most true when it comes to selecting the right materials for your countertops. For families who spend a lot of time in their kitchen, choosing a countertop that can hold up to high heat from pots, pans, and cookie sheets is an absolute must.
Fortunately, there are a variety of extremely heat resistant countertop options on the modern market. Here are just a few of our favorites.
One of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops, natural granite is one of the toughest and most all-around durable countertop options. Previously considered a “luxury” material, granite has become increasingly more affordable in recent years. Granite counters can easily withstand temperatures up to 480° F and may be able to withstand up to 1,200° according to some research.
Quartz is known for being incredibly low-maintenance and durable—so it’s no surprise that it made our list! Engineered from quartz crystals and resin, quartz countertops hold up to virtually any kind of day-to-day damage astoundingly well. While quartz is more heat resistant than many other engineered countertop options, it’s worth noting that particularly hot pans can sometimes cause discoloration or damage to the resin. For this reason, we recommend always using a trivet when cooking near quartz countertops.
Marble countertops are a long-time favorite for homeowners looking for a more sophisticated aesthetic. Like granite, marble is a natural stone that makes for relatively tough (though not as tough as granite) and heat resistant countertops. However, like quartz, there is a limit to the heat resistance of marble countertops. While your marble counters will stay nice and cool no matter how much baking you’re doing, you should always use a trivet to avoid potential discoloration of the stone.
Choosing the Right Countertop Material For Your Family
Each potential countertop material comes with its own assets and weaknesses. In selecting which material makes the most sense for your home, it’s important to understand your family’s needs in terms of maintenance, design, and budget. Have additional questions or need help choosing the right material for your household? We’re here to help! Contact us here and we’ll be happy to assist you in selecting the right natural stone countertop slab for your renovation project.