One of the most important parts of a kitchen remodel is deciding what kind of countertops you want.
Countertop choices are many in a kitchen remodel. And the best countertop for you is not necessarily the best for someone else; there is no Cadillac of countertops.
Granite still ranks high among homeowners for countertops. It’s natural, shiny, beautiful and durable. What’s not to love about it?
Well, it’s expensive. And it’s porous, so if you don’t keep up with the resealing, you’ll lose some of that beauty you paid for, and you won’t be able to get it back. If you’re not one of those people who still has the receipt taped to the original box from the computer you bought three years ago in case something goes wrong with it, granite may not be for you.
Quartz is gaining in popularity. It’s mad-made, but it looks just like a natural stone, so you don’t have to wait for nature to produce the exact color you want. It’s more durable than granite, but it costs about the same. And it’s nonporous, so you don’t have to worry about staining.
Most anything you drop on a stone countertop is going to break. Dishes, glasses, cups, bottles — you name it. Not so with a solid-surface countertop. They’re more forgiving, but the soft side of solid-surface countertops makes them more vulnerable to scratches and burns. However, depending on the kind you buy, you may be able to have these buffed out by a professional.
Butcher block countertops are still popular, and they bring a rustic, farmhouse feel to a kitchen remodel. Today’s superior sealing products mean wood is no longer a stain magnet, or a haven for bacteria. But you have to keep up with resealing.
Wood also scratches and dents where harder materials won’t, but this kind of wear and tear is often considered part of its charm. After all, some designers beat their wood creations with chains just to give it that aged look.
Some homeowners go with tile because it can be applied right over your existing countertops. It’s not terribly expensive, but remember, especially if you’re choosing small tiles, you won’t have a completely smooth surface to work on, and to try to wipe clean.
Concrete countertops are much more beautiful than they sound — they don’t look anything like your sidewalk! While they’re attractive and durable, some concrete is more expensive than some granite, and requires just as much maintenance.
You can probably see by now that if you’re doing a kitchen remodel, you have a lot to consider in terms of countertop materials. For expert help making the right decision for you, contact Falk Construction. We’re northern Utah’s go-to firm for kitchen remodels.