Thinking about redesigning one of the most used and highly trafficked areas in your home should get you excited! Selecting your countertops is a big design decision. You are deciding what you want your kitchen to look like, how you will use the countertops, and the kind of maintenance you are signing up for. It can be daunting to know where to start. Here are what we have found to be the most popular and frequently used countertop surfaces.
Granite is a naturally-occurring stone, meaning each slab of granite is unique. Granite is fairly expensive and, therefore, adds value to your home. There are thousands of different colors and types of granite. You can get a high gloss finish or a honed matte finish. Granite is heat, chip, and scratch-resistant. Once sealed, granite countertops are a largely maintenance-free option.
Marble is another naturally-occurring stone characterized by its swirls and veins. Marble is elegant, timeless, and also adds value to your home. Marble is a very porous stone which also makes it easy to scratch and stain. Sealants can help with this, but you should carefully consider if the look of marble is worth the upkeep and risk of using it in a kitchen.
Soapstone is usually found in tones of whites and grays. It lies somewhere between granite and marble in terms of the hardness of the stone. Soapstone is a bit more unique and is often found in historic homes. Overtime, soapstone gets an antique or patina look. It needs to be treated periodically with mineral oil.
Quartz is a synthetic, engineered stone product comprised of approximately 93% quartz particles and other minerals. Quartz is viewed as a great alternative to a natural stone and comes in many colors. Quartz is beautiful, durable, heavy, and will add value to your home as well. Quartz does not require sealing, and slabs can match for a uniform look. This makes it a good option if your kitchen requires more than one slab. Quartz is impervious to heat and resists stains and scratches.
Concrete countertops are poured on-site. They can be made into any shape or size, but are very heavy and require special bracing. Due to the specialized work required to pour and form them, concrete countertops are expensive. They give a custom, modern look. Tints can be added to create different colors, and they can be either textured or highly polished. Concrete countertops must be sealed.
Wood countertops are an eco-friendly choice. They can create a classic or cottage look. Wood countertops can harbor bacteria or crack if they are not properly sealed, a sealant should be applied annually. You can find wood countertops in a variety of colors and fishes, plus they can be sanded and refinished.
Once you know all of your options, you will be more equipped to make the decision that is right for your taste, lifestyle, and needs. Give us a call today and we can start working on the kitchen that is right for you!