The perfect kitchen is an exercise in harmony, finding the right flooring, appliances, and even kitchen countertop that all sing together to create something beautiful and functional. Whether you’re renovating a kitchen or building out a new one, the right kitchen countertop can be a total game-changer. Don’t feel overwhelmed, though. A few essential aspects are all you need to understand to decide what kind of kitchen countertop is right for you.
As with any kitchen design decision, you must think about how you use that space daily. Factors like whether you’re a regular home cook, if you entertain guests often, or have children can all play a part in your final decision. It may be the case that your ideal aesthetic choice is a material that doesn’t hold up well, so you could even end up choosing multiple building materials. If you’re chopping ingredients up regularly, a butcher’s block accompanied by whatever material you do like can be a good approach.
There is a vast range of different pricing for kitchen countertops. Either way, provided you take care of them properly, they’ll last—some are just harder than others to maintain. Regardless, it’s an investment, so you genuinely want to consider different budgetary options. If you like marble but can’t afford the real deal, look at something that can fake it for a lower price, such as quartz. Finding locally-sourced materials can also be less expensive than imported options.
You must find a material that resists any scratches or stains. Some people choose granite or tile because they can stand up to knives or hot pots while laminate doesn’t, and laminate is generally less desirable in terms of how it looks and feels, but it’s also less expensive. For the most durable options, granite and quartz are great.
As crucial as durability is, maintenance is another factor, and granite countertops take a lot of it. They must be sealed every once in a while to keep them as beautiful as the day they got them, so you must balance durability and maintenance to find a material that suits you.
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