Choosing kitchen countertops is a big deal. Whether you’re buying your first home or building your dream home, choosing the perfect kitchen countertops can make all the difference in your home. Counters can determine your kitchen’s functionality and appeal. Countertops can be a big investment and can drastically change the look of your kitchen. It’s important to consider all options when choosing kitchen countertops.
Granite is one of the most popular choices in countertops and has been for years. While it is one of the more expensive options, it has a lot of benefits. Granite comes in a variety of natural colors. Granite is a hard-granular rock that consists mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. This combination allows it to exist in a wide variety of colors and makes it, so no two pieces are the same. It’s a durable surface that holds up well to scratches and heat. It will need to be resealed periodically to maintain its stain resistance but is a great and durable choice.
Concrete countertops are becoming more popular and are extremely tough. They are after all concrete. They offer endless options for customizations. Concrete counters can have different textures and elements added to give a different texture, color, or appearance. Concrete counters do run the risk of needing extra sealing as they are susceptible to elements such as temperature change and acid spills. They can also crack but are much easier to repair than other types of countertops.
Marble countertops are a baker’s dream! These beautiful surfaces are unique like granite. No two slabs of marble have the same detail or veining. Their soft, cold surface is perfect for rolling dough and baking. They are heat-resistant and perfect for cooking. Hot pans won’t leave marks on its heat-resistant surface. Its soft surface is more susceptible to cracks and chipping. Marble can have blemishes smoothed out. Those who are hard on surfaces should consider a different material. Marble is also porous and susceptible to staining.
Laminate options are extremely cost effective and come in nearly any color or shape. They are super customizable and often come ready to install. You may be able to install some laminate options on your own. The downfall is they are easily scratched and chipped. You will not want to cut on these surfaces without a cutting board. They are also not heat-resistant. Any hot pan set on these surfaces will leave a mark and is not recommended.
Butcher block or wood counter tops offer a great natural feel to any kitchen. You can choose from a variety of wood types and stains to get the right feel for your kitchen. When properly sealed, these countertops are a natural anti-bacterial option. They are less expensive than granite but require a lot more maintenance. Butcher block surfaces need to be sanded and resealed frequently to keep them from being damaged. They are also not completely water or heat-resistant though are better than laminate in this area.
Quartz is often used to make engineered stone countertops. These countertops are often close in price to the more expensive granite but often mimic the look of marble. They can be made in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Quartz counters are extremely durable and often don’t require sealing. They are nonporous and don’t stain easily or hold bacteria. Quartz can however be sensitive to heat and sun.
Help Choosing the Perfect Countertop
Choosing the perfect countertop for your home can be a tough choice. Our team at Engelsma Homes is here to help with all your home building and design needs. We can help you choose a material that will not only look gorgeous but also function perfectly for your home. We cannot wait to help you on your journey to the perfect home! To learn more about us work checkout our gallery, visit our website, or call us at (616) 453-3212!