How to Choose Countertops for Kitchen
Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or building a new one, selecting the right countertop can be overwhelming. There is so much more to consider than simply looks. What is the best countertop material for our lifestyle? Which color should we go with? What kind of maintenance is involved? So many things to consider! The questions below will help you make the right countertop decision for you and your family.
Before You Begin Shopping for Countertops Consider These 4 Questions
1. How do you and your family use the kitchen?
Do you like to cook? If so, you may want to consider butcher block so you have a built-in cutting board. Do you enjoy baking? Then a marble countertop might be the ideal choice as it is a great surface for working with dough. Do you have little children that like to do crafts – and spill their juice? If so, quartz is optimal because it is easy to maintain.
2. Will you mind maintaining the countertops beyond regular clean up?
Quartz is the best option if you don’t want to worry about countertop maintenance. You simply need to wipe spills and crumbs away as it is a solid, naturally stain-resistant surface. Marble and granite, however, are porous and more susceptible to staining, so they require routine sealing. Butcher block also needs regular sealing with oil to prevent damage.
3. What material best suits your style?
Consider the countertops aspects to which are you are naturally drawn. Do you love the veining of marble? The striations of granite? The concept of a natural surface? A specific color combination? All of these will impact your choice as each type of countertop material has its own aesthetic.
4. What is your budget?
How much you are willing to spend on countertops can help narrow down your decision. Each surface has its own price range, with marble topping the list. So, if you like the look of marble, but have a more limited budget, you may want to consider quartz. It has a similar look, but a more affordable price point. Granite and quartz don’t vary much in pricing. Butcher block is a more cost-effective option.
Each countertop material comes with its own list of pros and cons. Our Tips & Trends article Granite, Marble or Quartz Countertops? provides detailed information on durability, maintenance and aesthetics for each of these material choices.
If you live in the Bergen County, New Jersey area and are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, give us a call for a free consultation.