There are so many components to a great kitchen—cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting, and of course countertops. Whether doing a simple kitchen update or a full kitchen remodel, countertop choices will play an integral role in the overall design and function of the space. There are a plethora of excellent countertop materials and trends to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. Today KBC Remodeling Services in Longmont will go through some of the more popular kitchen countertops we’re seeing in today’s kitchens and hopefully provide you with some insight when making the decision for your own remodeling project.
Quartz is an engineered product so one of it’s great pros is the versatility in color and style. This makes quartz a great choice for any style or look you might be after. It’s also much more durable than natural stone, offering stain, scratch, heat and impact resistance and, thanks to their non-porous surface so no sealing required AND means you can get them squeaky clean! Quartz is gaining popularity quickly, rivaling the perennial choice of granite but it can also rival (or even surpass) the cost of other high-end materials like granite.
Still ranks as the most popular countertop choice. Granite provides a high-end look, is durable and, if properly sealed, is stain resistant as well. The non-uniform appearance of granite will fall under both a pro and a con as variability is usually only desirable under certain design aesthetics. Remember to get a good look at the actual slab that will be installed in your kitchen—small samples will rarely give you a clear idea of what you’re getting. Because of the solid reputation, granite is a great choice for a house flip or a home going up for sale.
Traditional, country, cottage-style. Sounds like butcher-block-style wood countertops. Wood, despite it’s beauty, is a very budget friendly countertop option. Obviously there would be scratches and knicks and marks, which most consider part of wood’s charm, but can be sanded down if desired. Butcher block would need regular sealing, oiling and disinfecting. Wood countertops are often used when clients want to mix countertops—using multiple materials on different areas of the kitchen which is a such a great design element!
The most timeless and classic feel, marble also offers a very high-end look. But with that distinctive elegance comes a bit more work. Marble is porous so it is susceptible to staining and general wear and tear. Maintenance should include daily care (wipe it down a lot), regular staining and spot treatments. And depending on what marble you choose, it can be comparable in price to granite and quartz.
Recycled countertops are the eco-friendly choice. These countertops can be made from concrete, glass, paper, bamboo, composite and plastic, and more! The variety makes for a wide range of colors and textures, to give some unique design options. Most recycled countertops offer durability and little to no maintenance. If you have a decidedly modern aesthetic to your kitchen design dreams, this might the perfect countertop choice for you.
If you’re thinking of countertops that resemble a sidewalk, you have not seen what concrete can really do. Concrete countertops tend to be statement making, modern or industrial. But they are also highly customizable — you can choose any stain color and texture—and we do mean any!. And because it’s custom cast it can be a great choice for odd shaped countertop needs. Concrete is very durable and heat resistant but it does require regular sealing. And, depending on just how fancy you choose to get, the cost can be a limiting factor.
KBC Remodeling Services, a full service general contractor in Longmont, is your go-to expert on countertops. Give us a call to speak with our kitchen designer to discuss all the details, pros and cons of each type of kitchen countertops today!