Being a homeowner means constantly making important decisions. Every room brings its own challenges, and choosing to remodel requires careful consideration and planning. This is especially true in the kitchen. While kitchen remodeling is a broad subject in its own right, one major aspect includes an especially plentiful range of options: the countertop. Below you’ll find information to help you consider which material is best suited to your needs, style, and budget.
Starting on the most budget-friendly end of the spectrum is laminate. Besides being affordable, it’s also low-maintenance, lightweight, and offers a variety of styles. Laminate is popularly made to resemble more expensive materials, such as stone, wood, or quartz. It also has a retro appeal, and comes in bright colors vivid designs. The downside to laminate is that it is susceptible to burns, scratches, and peeling as a result of exposure to excessive moisture. And laminate cannot be used with most undermount sinks.
In a slightly higher price range are tile and wood countertops. Tile offers the freedom to choose from a practically endless selection of styles and colors, and is relatively low-maintenance. Within a comparable price range, a wood countertop—commonly known as a butcher block—offers the aesthetics of a country home and impressive functionality. The entire surface can be used as a cutting board, and, although knives will leave scratches, if such a worn look isn’t what you’re after, wood can be easily sanded down.
Next is Corian, an option that has been popular in the past and is regaining popularity. Corian, sometimes referred to as solid surface material, has many looks colors and styles. Its nonporous and stain-resistant. Corian is easy to clean, making it an ideal surface for healthcare environments as well as home kitchens and baths. It’s also durable and easy to renew, because the color runs all the way through the material.
The most popular kitchen countertop options today include Corian, quartz, polished granite, and marble, and fall within a mid-to-upper-mid price range. Granite and marble offer the unique beauty of natural stone, and quartz, though engineered, offers a comparable stone appearance with added durability. Each comes with unique perks. Quartz is non-porous so it need not be sealed like natural stone. Marble is strong against heat, yet always stays cool. The rich, deep colors of granite are beautiful, and will add value to your home, but granite requires routine maintenance. All three types of countertop are heavy and require solid cabinetry underneath.
Finally, countertop options such as stainless steel, concrete, and glass offer a contemporary edge, but at a higher price. Soapstone and travertine offer more of an old-fashioned aesthetic, but can require more maintenance.
With so many choices available on the market, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. At DC Complete, we have the experience to work with any material you prefer. From the design stage, all the way through installation, we’re committed to making your ideal project a reality. Contact us today at 810-407-1771.