Choosing the Material That’s Right for You
When it comes to countertops, there are actually a wide range of options available; not only in materials, but also in colors and finishes. No longer is the look and feel of your kitchen dependent on the limited little pile of laminates that once dominated the counter culture. In fact, depending on your style preferences, you could easily have a prep space that looks like a chef’s dream, even if you’re working on a line cook’s budget.
So just which option is right for you? Appearances aside, one thing to consider is how you use the space and how much time or money you’re willing to invest in maintaining that spectacular surface. Is yours a household that’s prone to staining and spilling? Do you do a lot of chopping, or do you leave the slice and dice to the local takeout team? If your countertops will be getting a lot of heavy use, it may be wise to choose something that requires less upkeep over time and is durable enough to stand up for itself…Do a little bit of research with a custom home builder or a kitchen remodeling contractor to find out the pros and cons before you make your selection; you might be surprised at what you discover.
Marble is beautiful and classically elegant; and, depending on the kind of marble you choose, it ranges in price-points that make it affordable to the average home-buyer. It’s also widely available at most stone yards and easily sourced, which means that getting a spectacular slab isn’t as cost or time-prohibitive as you might have assumed. Aesthetics aside, however, marble has the disadvantage of being more porous, which means that if you tend to get tipsy with the red wine, you might want a material that can stave off the stains. It’s also easily scratched and dulled by anything acidic, so that high-gloss finish might not last as long as you’d like.
Unlike marble, granite’s sleek shine is resistant to scratching and staining, and it’s also highly durable and heat-resistant. It can, of course, be a bit pricy; but generally speaking, it’s comparative to other natural finishes and is very low maintenance, which makes it a great option for kitchens that get heavy abuse. Being durable, however, doesn’t diminish its beauty; it’s still considered a luxury surface, and granites come in a wide spectrum of colors and patterns.
Quartz is a great option for a luxe-looking countertop. Much like granite, it’s stain resistant and requires no maintenance like polishing, which make it ideal for a wide range of homeowners. If you’re looking for a completely natural surface, however, you might want to rule this one out: quartz countertops are a composite material made of quartz stone and synthetic polymer. On the whole, it’s a great alternative to stone slabs; but it’s a bit sensitive to heat, and you’ll have to be aware of your knife cuts—chopping directly on the counters is a definite don’t.
Naturally, not all homeowners swoon for stone, which is why other materials have been so popular in recent years, utilizing everything from butcher block to polished concrete. No matter what you choose, however, it’s crucial to consider your lifestyle. Surface appeal is great, but functionality can top it all off.
Top off your kitchen with beauty! Give the professional team at Omega Construction & Design, Inc., a call today!