COUNTERTOPS: WHICH TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME?
Granite counter tops are a popular choice for many homeowners. Its increased demand is allowing granite to become an affordable choice. Prefabricated pieces will be limited by available sizes but are usually adequate for the average remodel. Slab granite is customized for each kitchen and allows for consistency in grains, which is important for the client with an eye for detail. Customization also offers more edge detail options while prefab usually offers your standard bullnose edge. Both types are very durable but since they are natural stone still porous and will require sealing once or twice a year. Regardless of your choice, granite counter tops are an elegant and beautiful material that adds sophistication and value to your home.
Quartz counter tops are a practical choice for homeowners looking for a lower maintenance material in their remodel. It is beautiful and consistent in design. Quartz is fabricated combining natural and man-made materials. Quartz tends to be stronger than many counter top choices. This is not a counter top you will have to worry about sealing. Also, since quartz is man-made, it can be created in a variety of colors.
Mable counter tops are available in a variety of natural colors that are dependent on where the actual stone is mined. It is a beautiful material but is high maintenance and scratches easily. Due to it’s porous nature and the difficult in matching pieces of marble, it is highly recommended for use in a bathroom as opposed to a kitchen. Also, we advise to have the sealant periodically stripped and reapplied to help maintain the marble’s luster.
Concrete is most porous of all and will require the most maintenance. However, it is available in a wide variety of colors and textures. Precious or semi-precious metals, such as copper pieces, can be installed and polished to show at the surface. It will hold up to many years of wear and tear. It is resilient enough to withstand day-to-day use and is heat resistant. Since concrete is a porous material, it will need to be sealed and polished. An important consideration when choosing concrete is that your countertop is only as good as the cabinet it rests on. If the cabinets shift over time, it can cause the concrete to crack.