Choosing the right countertops for kitchen renovation isn’t a simple matter of pointing to something you like and saying, “That one.” Well, technically you can do that, but it’s better to have some idea of what you need before making such an important decision for the hub of your home
With a plethora of options, it can be a bit dizzying to find something that checks the major boxes of budget, lifestyle, and personal preference. While this criteria seems obvious, but homeowners often fail to stick the landing when it comes to choosing countertops. This is often a result of information overload. While they can be great resources design shows, magazines and social media can actually make choosing the right kitchen countertops material very difficult. When you consider the seemingly endless number of other decisions that are required during the typical renovation, it becomes tempting to fall in love with what looks good on a website or in a showroom. But if the surface doesn’t accommodate your daily life, it’s a recipe for homeowner heartache. Remember, while fashion is important, without function, your countertops will never quite fit your needs.
So, what are your main options?
WHY CHOOSE LAMINATE? For those on a budget searching for a surface that offers many color and texture options, this is a great option. Laminate offers the best value overall and is ideal if you’re not looking for something that needs to last a lifetime. The downside of laminate is its durability. Laminate can scorch if a hot pan touches the surface, and it has been known in the past for scratching easily. However, advances in recent years have greatly increased resistance to scratches.
WHY CHOOSE QUARTZ? Consistency is the name of the game with quartz. It requires very little maintenance and is extremely stain-resistant. Perhaps quartz’s most striking feature is the fact that water cannot penetrate it. Quartz is extraordinarily durable, as well. If you want a surface that you can install and rarely have to think about, quartz may be the way to go.
WHY CHOOSE GRANITE? Granite offers natural beauty in the form of a natural material. It’s truly unique in that no two slabs identical. Granite offers many color and texture options for most budgets. In contrast to laminate and quartz, though, needs maintenance and may require a sealer. As it’s one of the most expensive countertop options, granite can increase your home’s value. Costs for granite can vary based on finish, color, and origin. According to a recent survey by The Marble Institute, 75 percent of homeowners who intend to remodel their kitchens in the next two years indicated they want granite countertops.
WHY CHOOSE WOOD? Wood is perfect for a warm, traditional look. Wood countertops clean easily. If you scratch it, no worries; sand it out! Beware, though, water damage is a real danger. Wood countertops need to be oiled frequently.
WHY CHOOSE CONCRETE? Concrete creates a bold look. Revolutionary colorizing and staining advances have upped the popularity of concrete counters significantly. Concrete countertops can be created in virtually any shape, size, or color you wish. Get artistic and add embedded stones, tile or silicone chips! Looks aside, a typical concrete counter is durable as well as scratch- and heat resistant. Unsurprisingly, concrete counters are very heavy. They’re also vulnerable to acidic liquid damage and require sealed and regularly maintained to resist stains.
WHY CHOOSE SOAPSTONE? Soapstone oozes durability. It’s a smooth natural stone that comes in colors that ranges from soft grey to charcoal. Don’t worry about spilled coffee or orange juice, as it’s resistant to acidic liquids. Soapstone is also highly heat resistant. Also of note is that it doesn’t require expensive special cleaners, although but mineral oils can be used to bring out its natural beauty.
Still having trouble deciding on a material ?
Then mix and match surfaces! It’s commonplace to use one material on an island and another on the countertops to create a nice contrast. You can also inset another material into a countertop for specific tasks. For example, a wood countertop is common for chopping, while marble makes for an ideal baking surface.
Before making a decision on countertop material, hit a showroom and see the surface in person. A surprising number of people skip this step!
At Creative Kitchens LLC , we’re well-equipped to be your counter guru. We understand that every homeowner has different needs, and never take the “one-size-fits-all” approach to our clients. Contact us today to find out what sets us apart.