Kitchen Upgrades: Determining What Kitchen Countertop is Right for You

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There are so many ways to update a kitchen today. If you really want to make a big change, however, it’s probably time to put in new kitchen countertops. There are so many beautiful options today, with materials that range from moderate to expensive. Each material has its pros and cons. There’s a lot to consider before you decide which countertop material is the right replacement for your next kitchen countertop installation. Take a look at some of the most popular options on the market.

Stunning Stainless Steel Countertops

If you want to choose a countertop that has virtually no negative impact on the environment, this is a great choice for you. The majority of products made from stainless steel  today contain over 55 percent recycled stainless steel, about one quarter old scrap and one quarter new scrap. You can choose from a smooth satin finish or one with antique matte. There are many positive attributes of stainless steel. It can withstand heat, stains, and rust. This type of countertop can also be cleaned with ease. On the down side, fingerprints stand out, and dents and scratches can occur easily too.

Stunning Stone Countertops 

There are many options available in stone countertops, but granite remains the most popular. Marble, too, has gained in popularity lately. Soapstone is yet another consideration. Any of these stone countertop choices are very durable. There is little chance that a stone countertop will get any scratches, nicks, or even scorches. Staining, however, can occur with oils, coffee or liquids, particularly with marble. The con for stone is its price. It’s one of the most expensive options, but also one of the most impressive, grand looks for a kitchen.

Sensational Ceramic Tile Countertops

Ceramic tiles come in a wide array of sizes, colors, finishes, and textures. Glazed tiles are best, as they are less prone to scratching and staining. The grout that seals the tiles together can be tinted and those colors also range widely. A good general rule is to go with the darkest epoxy grout you like. (Darker grout shows less dirt and grime of course.) One of the biggest cons with ceramic is that it can crack. If you go with tile be sure to keep some replacement tiles just in case. Grout joints may also be hard to upkeep. They need to be sealed every year, so they won’t stain when liquids spill. On the pro side, however, a professional can create beautiful designs and patterns with tile and at a cost much less than stone.

Wonderful Wood Countertops

In choosing wood there is much less variety in color, but most people pick this material because they love a natural finished wood. The most popular countertop choice is maple, but mahogany, bamboo, walnut, oak, cherry, and birch are amongst other common options. The typical wooden countertop is “butcher-block” style, which consists of strips of solid wood that are glued.  Some benefits of wooden counters are that they are naturally anti-bacterial and give off a warm glow and feel in your kitchen. Wooden countertops are a great look that are very affordable, especially when compared to stone countertops. On the flip side, humidity can cause swelling, so proper sealing near water sources and areas with moisture is critical. There is some upkeep required too. These countertops will need occasional waxing or varnishing that is appropriate for food-prep surfaces.

Lovely Laminate Countertops

Being so cost efficient, laminate is still amongst the most popular choice for countertops. There are so many styles, colors, and patterns to choose from today, and laminate qualities range widely. A high quality laminate can mimic expensive materials like tile and stone. Though the cost is a huge advantage, there is a great disadvantage as well. Laminate surfaces can burn and scratch, and these countertops cannot be easily repaired.

Professional Kitchen Countertop Installation

If you’re ready to update those countertops with one of the materials discussed above, contact us at 952-985-5383 for a free consultation. We’ll walk through your kitchen with you and talk with you about which material would be the best option for you. A member of our professional sales team can provide you with a quote. Call us today to make that dream kitchen vision a reality!