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Shopping for New Counter Tops?

Posted by Kathryn Wilcox on August 19, 2015

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or bath, choosing the correct countertop is a challenge. Your decorating style may lead you to some options, but be sure to understand both the good and negative qualities of those you are considering.

Granite is quite popular because of its natural stone look and also because it will hold up under heavy usage. It will resist stains, heat and scratches, but needs to be properly sealed periodically to prevent stains.  Another thing to consider is that the natural design can be quite large, and does not always look as good in small pieces. If you have the opportunity to choose your slab at a stone yard you will know exactly what your counter will look like when it is installed. This is at the higher end of the price range at up to $200 per square foot.

Quartz is also a popular choice and also provides the stone look. It is actually a man-made stone and so the patterns are smaller and more consistent than granite. It is stain and heat resistant and does not need sealing. There are lovely color and pattern choices.  Since it is man-made, it is vulnerable to chips so choosing rounded edges will help protect the counter. The only down side of quartz is the criticism that the patterns are so uniform that they do not look natural, but the small patterns work well in small places like in a bathroom. It can be less than granite, but in some areas cost the same at up to $200 per square foot.

Marble is also a consideration for those who like stone but it is not selected as often as quartz or granite, because it is more porous than the others, and so not as stain or scratch resistant. It does need periodic sealing, but it is less pricy that the other stones at approximately $140 per square foot.

Ceramic or porcelain tile is a good choice if your budget is limited. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns. It is heat resistant and the hard finish is not prone to stains. However, the grout that is needed between the tiles is easily stained and can attract mildew even when it is sealed, which must be done. Some choose darker grout to alleviate this problem. The price is good, up to $30 per square foot.

Laminate is often chosen for the budget friendly price. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns and is easy to install. It will resist stains and is somewhat heat resistant as well, but can be easily scratched, and cannot be repaired. The price is attractive at up to $30 per square foot.

Stainless steel is the choice of those who want a sleek modern kitchen and it looks stunning in a black and white kitchen. It is heat resistant and does not rust or discolor. Those who chose it, have a stainless steel sink installed as well. The downside of this is that it shows fingerprints and can be dented and scratched. It is in the middle of the price range with the high end at $150 per square foot.

Doing your research will result is the correct choice of countertops and you will be pleased with your remodeled kitchen or bath.

 

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