When it comes to home modeling, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. More than 10 million kitchens are remodeled each year and one in 10 households does an annual kitchen remodel.
There are a great many things you can do to pull off the perfect kitchen remodel: you can install new flooring, you can put in new cabinets or you can even add new appliances. Another important part of a remodel is your kitchen countertops.
These days you can pick from quartz countertops, granite countertops and marble countertops among other materials when you’re shopping at local kitchen design stores. If you’re not sure which countertops would work best for your kitchen remodeling project, here’s a guide to help you find the perfect match:
For many years, granite countertops have been associated with elegance when you’re talking about a kitchen. For many shoppers at kitchen design stores, granite has been the material of choice for luxury and modest kitchens alike. Granite has traditionally been an expensive material, but the price has come down over the years.
Pros of granite: durability, almost maintenance-free, variety (thousands of colors are available), stands up well against heat.
Cons of granite: cost, not DIY-friendly, can crack under stress.
Marble is another popular choice in kitchen design stores and is lauded for its uniqueness. No two sheets of marble are the same, so your marble countertop will truly be different. Cost can be a factor with marble and folks doing remodeling typically don’t outfit a whole kitchen in marble. Marble can also be subject to scratching, even with sealers overtop of it.
Pros of marble: water and heat proof, adds value, unique
Cons: Cost, easily scratched, not DIY-friendly
You may not know it, but quartz is actually manufactured stone. It contains quartz particles and other minerals that are shaped and then bound with resin. Many companies have created their own versions of quartz as an alternative to granite and marble. Many home remodelers have chosen quartz from kitchen design stores because it resists staining and scratching, requires no sealing and is available in a wide variety of colors.
Pros of quartz: easily maintained, can be installed DIY, natural appearance, stands up better to scratches and stains
Cons of quartz: cost, installed countertops are very heavy
Another choice for countertops is ceramic tile, which is less expensive than some of the options mentioned above and is easy to clean. If you’re looking for DIY installation of countertops, ceramic tile is the way to go. If you’re looking at tile in kitchen design stores, more than likely you’re going to notice how many design options there are available.
Pros of tile: easy to clean, immune to heat, variety of designs and colors, easy DIY installation
Cons of tile: It can be brittle and crack easily, custom tiles can be costly, stains and grout lines can be difficult to clean
Laminate countertops are plastic-coated synthetic countertops that have an easily cleaned, smooth surface. One advantage to them is that they can be custom-made or ordered in per-formed segments. In some circles, laminates are considered a poorer alternative to more “elegant” materials, but they have recently become a popular option for kitchen remodels.
Pros of laminate: wide variety, DIY installation, easily maintained, less expensive than other options
Cons of laminate: may not positively affect your ROI, visible seams, can be chipped or scratched with almost no way to repair it
Wood countertops can give your kitchen a warm look and you can pick from a wide variety of hardwoods such as oak and maple in a variety of finishes and colors.
Pros of wood: easy to clean, long lasting (with proper care), adds a country look to the kitchen
Cons of wood: cost, surfaces can be easily scratched, can be damaged by stains or water, bacteria can develop if it’s not maintained
Regardless of what type of countertop you ultimately choose for your kitchen remodel, take time to do a little research to find the best option for your kitchen. If you’re spending money on a total remodel, you want to make sure you’ve got material that you’re comfortable with and that you want to install in your kitchen.