Choosing the Right Countertop For Your Restaurant
There is a wide range of countertop materials on the market today. With countertop materials ranging from inexpensive laminate to the more expensive Stainless steel, choosing a countertop material is a choice most often based on budget.
Laminate countertops come in a wide range of colors and patterns and is the least expensive countertop material, usually ranging from $10-$15 per linear ft. Laminate is highly durable, water resistant and easily cleaned with a sponge and non abrasive cleanser. The down-side to laminate countertops is that they can separate from it's backing after just a few years and is susceptible to drying and cracking over time. The price makes laminate the most reasonable choice for a restaurant a budget and is a popular choice for manufactured homes and lower priced construction.
Tile countertops come in an unlimited range of colors and patterns and can be relatively inexpensive, dependent upon the material of the tiles. Tile countertops come in glass, ceramic and metal. Tiles are highly durable and able to withstand high heat temperatures. It is easily cleaned with a sponge and almost any cleanser, however, regular use of abrasive cleansers can dull the surface. Because tile countertops are put together with grout, there is always the danger of harmful bacteria if not sealed correctly. Tiles can also be broken if a heavy object is dropped on it. Tile countertops range from $30-$105 per linear ft. making them a popular choice for lower to medium price constructed restaurant. You could go with slate tiles, which would be a lot more expensive- which we use as plates for restaurants, more information
Stainless Steel Countertops
Stainless steel countertops were once used only in an industrial environment. Recently however they have been implemented into household decor, and in restaurants. While stainless steel countertops can be quite expensive, they require little maintenance, are chip resistant, non porous, water resistant, heat resistant and clean up well with soap and water.
Stainless steel countertops are sealed with a protective finish which aids in concealing fingerprints, scratches and other unsightly markings. Abrasive cleansers or cleansers containing chlorine should not be used on stainless steel as they can cause scratching and discoloration.
Stainless steel countertops offer a sleek modern appeal and designs can be etched into the steel to create a custom look - perfect for high end restaurants.. Stainless steel countertops can hit a pocketbook quite hard at $300-$500 per linear ft. but the overall look is one of modern sophistication and elegance.