03 Mar A Guide to Kitchen Countertops
When it comes to kitchen countertops there used to be just one option, granite. Now there are so many options from natural stone to engineered quartz. Countertops are a large part of your investment when it comes to your remodel. There is more to consider then just the look of the counters, but also the function of the space and what will work best with your needs when it comes to your kitchen. Take a look at the 5 most popular countertops to learn what will be right for you.
Granite: ($35- $100 per sq. foot; installed): Still one of the most popular options for your countertop. Granite is a natural stone that stands up well to heat, splashes and everyday wear and tear. The one thing to remember is that granite needs to be sealed every so often to avoid stains. This is also a heavy stone so you will need to keep that in mind with purchasing cabinets, it will need to support the weight of the stone.
Quartz: ($40 – $90 per sq. foot; installed): This is a non porous surface making it pretty much maintenance free. Scratches and burns can easily be sanded out. Due to the fact that quartz is engineered you have the options of much more color and styles then you would with a natural stone.
Marble: ($40 – $100 per sq. foot; installed): This is a very elegant countetop choice that is great for heat as it remains permanently cool. The main thing to consider with Marble is that even with sealing it is susceptible to stains and can chip and scratch,
Concrete: ($75 -$125 per sq. foot installed): For all you Fixer Upper fans concrete countertops are becoming pretty popular thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines. This is a an extremely versatile option and can be custom tinted to any shade you want. While concrete can stand up to heavy use, it is porous and will stain when not sealed often. It is also very heavy and will need the support from the cabinet below.
Butcher Block: ($35-$75 per sq. foot; installed): This countertop is often a favorite for a more traditional or cottage look. The colors create a warm and natural feel for the space. Those who prefer butcher block like the worn look. Some things to consider are that wood swells and butcher block is no exception. Bacteria is a concern so it needs to be disinfected often and oiled to fill in scratches.
These are just some of the many options for kitchen countertops. Feel free to check out this article on houzz to learn more about other popular countertop selections.