Of the many potential upgrades you could make to your home, new kitchen countertops are one of the most common because they can easily deliver a high ROI (return on investment). However, I find that many homeowners don’t know which type of countertop might be best suited for their intentions.
Here is a breakdown of six options that are currently high in demand:
Perhaps the most popular countertop material these days is quartz. A manmade blend of natural stone and resin, engineered quartz is powerfully durable and doesn’t need regular maintenance like sealants, making it a very practical choice indeed. Plus, it can be manufactured to look almost identical to marble!
Both naturally beautiful and sturdy, granite countertops have been all the rage for the last couple of decades. Granite is found in a wide variety of patterns, and can be honed and finished to suit your kitchen timelessly. However, it does require sealing.
As one of the strongest types of ceramic, porcelain is steadily increasing in popularity as a preferred countertop material. Not only is it comparatively stronger than granite, but porcelain is easy to maintain and, since it’s lightweight, can significantly reduce installation costs.
Often confused with quartz, quartzite is a lovely natural stone featuring a soft luster and delicate patterns—elegant attributes that have escalated its fame in recent years. It is heat-resistant and durable, but can also be expensive, prone to scratches, and rather high-maintenance.
Treasured for its dramatic veining, marble has been heralded for millennia as the stone of choice for the elite. Though stunning to look at, marble isn’t the most functional choice for a kitchen countertop. It is costly, requires regular upkeep, and can stain easily.
Ebbing and flowing in demand over the last few centuries, butcherblock countertops have recently made a strong comeback. They’re a very “green” option, they lend an attractive yet homey functionality to any kitchen, and their upkeep is easy and inexpensive.
Installing new countertops can be quite an investment, so I want to make sure you’re making the right decision. If you would like more input, feel free to reach out!