Picking Your New Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen renovations are among the most popular home improvement projects. If you’re thinking of replacing some old and worn out kitchen counter tops, you have a lot of different options. From classic white marble to engineered stone, there are a lot of different materials to consider.
- Natural stone: Natural stone is most often in demand, with granite still being the most popular choice, while marble comes in a very close second. Even exotic stones such as onyx and soapstone are available at a premium price. Whether you choose a honed or polished finish, your natural stone countertops should always be sealed to ensure their beauty for years to come.
- Engineered stone: Engineered stone consists of crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin, with quartz and marble being the two most popular types. These countertops have the advantage of being long-lasting and beautiful, easy to maintain, and available in multitudes of different colors.
- Stainless Steel: The clean look of stainless steel is a restaurant and gourmet kitchen classic and is one of the most hygienic, stain proof, and heat resistant countertops available. A mirror finish is difficult to maintain, so a brushed steel finish is your best choice here.
- Concrete: Concrete kitchen counter tops such as terrazzo are gaining a lot of popularity. A number of models are available with material such as marble, granite, quartz, and even recycled glass. This type of countertop typically uses cement and a polymer for binding, giving a long-lasting countertop with a high gloss finish.
Working with an experienced kitchen remodeler will help you choose the best kitchen countertops for your lifestyle, budget, and look. Your new kitchen look will give you years of pleasure, and add to the value of your home when should you eventually decide to sell.