Whether you are building or remodeling the decision of what to look for in countertops to install in the kitchen and bathrooms is a bit overwhelming.
Consider what the countertop will be used for, whether or not you are a messy cook, how handy you are in maintenance and how much you want to spend.
Below are some of the more common countertop options and a few pro’s and con’s.
Tile – Inexpensive, unlimited color options, high maintenance on grout lines.
Travertine – Aesthetically pleasing, requires frequent sealing or it will pit. Subject to holding bacteria.
Soapstone – Usually only in gray tones, use mineral oil to hide surface scratches. Color will deepen in time.
Concrete – Customizable shapes and colors. Minimal maintenance.
Recycled – Available in a variety of materials, paper, concrete, wood, etc.
Glass – Shapes and colors are endless. Easy to clean. Choose tempered and a minimum of 1” thick.
Stainless Steel – Industrial look, easy to clean. Minimal maintenance.
Marble – Requires regular sealing.
Wood – Lends a warm look to any kitchen, but requires sealing to remain sanitary.
Laminate – Budget friendly. Unlimited style and colors available.
Granite – Top choice for most homeowners. Reseal periodically.
Quartz – Practically maintenance free. Unlimited colors available.
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