What You Need To Know About Choosing Mobile Home Countertops

by Aug 2, 2019Bathroom, Blog, Kitchen, Remodeling




Counters are such central yet standard features of our homes that we often overlook them. But they are our offices, our workspaces, the places where we eat and which we often gather around. Through all this, they take quite a beating.  That’s why they’re a great place to start any remodel.

Are you looking to replace yours with some brand new countertops?

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If so, you’ve come to the right place. From materials to cost we are going to look at everything you need to know about choosing new countertops for your mobile home.




Weighing your options

The most important decision you need to make is what type of countertop you want. There are granite, wood, metal, and many more alternatives.

We wish it were as easy as picking the appearance you like the most. But, unfortunately, you also have to think about the cost, installation, and even availability before settling on a choice.

Among other things, you should consider what size the countertops need to be. The sellers or manufacturers can sometimes cut the slabs according to your custom specifications. But other types will only be available in preset sizes. That’s why you need to measure the counters carefully.

A key factor is the durability of the material. It needs to be able to withstand whatever you are going to throw at it (literally and figuratively). 

The finish and the treatments on the specific countertop can also make a difference, especially with wood.

It can be a heck of a job to find the ideal solution for you. We find that when it comes to these tricky choices, a simple pro and con list can be the best way to go.

So here, for your convenience, are some of the top types of countertops with a breakdown on their features.

Wood

If you want your mobile home to look rustic and homely contemporary this could be the ideal choice. Wood countertops fit in well with the farmhouse and industrial styles that have been so trendy these last few years.

These counters can add a touch of warmth to any room. Not only are they aesthetically appealing, but they are also highly functional too.

Reclaimed wooden kitchen countertop

Unique Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Countertop by VTS Homes via Sebring Design Build

Wood can be quite durable as long as you apply finishes and treatments to it. It even has natural anti-bacterial properties, so it is safe for food preparation.Manufacturers make it in three styles: edge grain, end grain (butcher block) and wide plank. But you will usually only use hardwood.

For a more sustainable option, you can even make your own counters from treated recycled wood.

Pros:

  • Easy to install and repair
  • Can do it as a DIY
  • You can apply a variety of treatments
  • Highly heat resistant
  • Good for food prep
  • You can sand out its scratches
  • Sanitary
  • Waterproof if you seal it
  • Unique natural wood patterns
  • Budget-friendly
  • Widely available

Cons

  • Can be nicked and scratched easily
  • Requires maintenance
  • You can burn it if you haven’t treated it
  • Not naturally waterproof
  • You need to seal it or treat it

Granite

Granite is undoubtedly at the higher end of the scale for countertops. Not only does it have a premium look and feel, but it is also a high-value upgrade that potential buyers will love. It’s the epitome of luxury.

Nothing beats the beauty of a granite countertop. On top of this, the material is exceptionally strong. It’s durable, long-lasting, and resistant to most types of damage, including heat.

However, as you probably know, this quality comes at a cost. In the end, these are some of the most costly countertops out there.

Pros:

  • Every slab looks unique
  • High-value upgrade
  • Highly heat-resistant
  • Low maintenance if you treat it with a sealer
  • Multiple colors and types available

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not a DIY project
  • Porous
  • Need to seal it 
  • Can blunt knives
  • Edges and corners prone to chips




Marble

Another of the luxury countertop options is marble. It’s one of those features that you dream of having in your home. People prize the stone for its premium quality and its stunning appearance.

One of its best features is that every slab of marble is unique. Each of the sheets has a distinctive pattern of veining. You should know that it’s heatproof and waterproof as well. 

Unfortunately, the stone is somewhat porous, so it is susceptible to stains. Of course, it’s right up there with granite in its price too. You will need to shell out a pretty penny for a slab of marble.

Pros:

  • Each slab is unique
  • Waterproof
  • Heat resistant
  • High-value upgrade

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Repairs are difficult
  • Not a DIY project
  • Porous
  • Not stain-resistant

Tile

One of the most waterproof countertop materials is tiles. Whether they are ceramic or porcelain, they are quite durable. The latter is more impervious to water. On the other hand, ceramics are less difficult to cut and handle.

But both of them can crack if you handle them roughly.

Luckily, installing tiles can be a great do-it-yourself project.

Best of all, you can get tiles in all colors of the rainbow. Fabricators also make them with a whole range of textures.

Just remember to check that they rated the tiles for floors and counters. Otherwise, they might be too fragile. You also want to buy ones with a seal, which means that the surface will be smooth and even.

Pros:

  • Wide range of options
  • Possible DIY project
  • Waterproof
  • Immune to heat damage
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Prone to cracking and breaking
  • Grout can stain
  • You need to maintain and possibly replace the mortar over time

Stainless steel

Another excellent option for your countertops is stainless steel. Their surfaces reflect light so you can use it to add some brightness to your room. Sleek and shiny, you should consider this material if you are going for the industrial look.

Sleek counters are exceptionally undemanding to clean and sanitize. That’s probably why professional chefs love to use them.

Many people feel that these countertops might feel a bit cold and impersonal. But you can balance it out by combining it with other textures and materials in the room.

Pros:

  • Spill and stain proof
  • Fairly durable
  • Reflects light
  • Heatproof
  • Easy to clean
  • High value
  • Great for commercial and home use

Cons

  • Scratch easily
  • Expensive
  • You shouldn’t use it for cutting
  • Expensive
  • Prone to dents

Laminate

Fabricators make laminates from synthetics that they coat with plastics to protect it. They stick the laminate sheet to a particleboard (MDF) core. Thanks to this layer, the surfaces are smooth and quick to clean. You can often simply wipe them down.

Fabricators sell pre-formed segments. But you can also ask them to fabricate custom sizes and dimensions for you.

Laminates don’t have the same luxury look and feel like some of the other options. However, the massive range of colors, patterns, and styles make up for it.

As long as you make sure that you install the counter properly and that is has been treated, it should be pretty waterproof.

In general, you have to be careful as it is prone to damage, and it is incredibly challenging to repair. Instead, use a cutting board than cutting straight on the surface.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Possible DIY project
  • Low-maintenance
  • Countless options available
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Very difficult to repair
  • Prone to scratches and chips
  • Seams remain visible
  • Adds less value than other options
  • Needs backsplash treatment and edging
  • Not very heat resistant




Solid-surface

These countertops are man-made materials that fabricators produce with a blend of acrylic and resin and sometimes mineral dust. They press these combinations into slabs and sheets. 

Initially, people designed solid-surfaces as an alternative to natural stone. In the end, the material can be just as durable. It is far cheaper than granite but more expensive than many of the alternatives.

Although it is still only a few decades old, there are now multiple brands producing these slabs. That’s why there are so many options out there for you to choose.

Unfortunately, it’s not a great choice if you want a DIY project from start to finish. You can still attempt it. However, it will pose a significant challenge.

Pros:

  • Stain-resistant
  • Less expensive than natural stone
  • Seams are invisible
  • Variety of colors and patterns
  • You can sand out damage

Cons:

  • Still relatively expensive
  • Not heat resistant
  • Challenging as a DIY project
  • Prone to scratches

Quartz

Quartz countertops are in truth an engineered stone product that fabricators produce from quartz particles and other minerals. They seal this combination with resin.

These countertops are a fantastic alternative to natural marble and granite. Manufacturers made it more hard-wearing. It is nonporous, so you don’t have to seal it, and it is stain-resistant.

Besides this, fabricators often produce them to mimic the appearance and veining of natural stone.

Pros:

  • Wide range of colors
  • Each slab is unique
  • No sealing required
  • Scratch and stain-resistant
  • Nonporous
  • Heatproof
  • You can have it custom fabricated

Cons:

  • Expensive 
  • Heavy

Concrete

One of the most customizable countertops on the market is concrete. Because the finished slabs are so heavy, you’ll need to have them cast in your home in place. Therefore, you can mold it to your exact specifications.

Don’t fear it won’t look like the concrete on sidewalks (unless you want it too). You can polish them, and pour it so that it is textured. Besides this, you can stain it in acid to produce a whole range of colors.

Check out these brilliant examples of what you can do with concrete counters. A pro tip for upgrading its appearance is to embed stones or other decorative materials into its surface like tiles.

One downside is that concrete is prone to cracks. And it can be too porous unless you treat it. Overall, it is still a durable and long-lasting material.

Concrete slab countertop

Pros:

  • Highly customizable
  • You can color it by staining it
  • Heat resistant
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Damage is easy to repair

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Prone to cracks
  • You have to seal it regularly
  • Can be too porous
  • Not a DIY project
  • Expensive

Room by room guide

Next, we’ll look at how you can use and install countertops in the different parts of your mobile home.

Kitchen counters

The first thing you probably think of when it comes to counters is your kitchen. You need surfaces to work on and prepare food. Besides this, you will probably occasionally serve meals there as well. You will install the same countertops around the sink too.

As a result, you preferably want to use materials that are waterproof and stain-resistant. Ideally, you don’t want to install counters that are prone to scratches if you’re going to cut and prepare food directly on the surface.

For many people, their kitchen is at the heart of their home and family life. So you want it to look attractive too.

We recommend granite, treated wood, laminate, quartz, or stainless steel.

Bathroom counter

Counters are just as central to your bathroom. They are necessary to mount the sink and also for you to put your things on.

Overall, the crucial factor to consider in a bathroom is that the material needs to be waterproof. You can seal and treat a variety of counters to protect them from water damage. However, it will probably best if you buy an option that is naturally nonporous.

That’s why some of the top options are granite, marble, solid-surfaces, and tiles.

Outdoor kitchen

A fantastic outdoor addition to any mobile home is an outdoor kitchen. In this case, you will need space to prepare and place the food that you are going to cook on your fire or barbeque.

As a result, you also want the counters to be scratch and stain-resistant. Besides this, it must be heatproof too.

Natural stone always blends in well outside. But tiles are also trendy.

Not just a pretty picture

You should always pick countertops that fit your decor and style. They can be a fantastic way to add some flair to your mobile home. But you need to remember that they have to be functional too.

You have to choose a material specifically suited for the room in which you are going to install it.

If you read this article, you are probably yearning for something new. Check out our five mobile home kitchen updates you’ll want to have in 2020 to complete the picture.



 

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