Your choice of countertops is one of the most important decisions in a kitchen remodel, and sets a tone both visually and emotionally. Therefore, choosing the correct countertop materials is an important step of the design and planning phases of your kitchen remodel.
While you may have been dreaming of granite countertops for years, there are other options available that you should examine in addition to granite. Here are the most common kitchen countertop materials every homeowner should consider before starting a kitchen remodel.
1. Granite Countertops
For years, kitchen remodelers have flocked toward granite countertops as a top option. It comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, styles, thicknesses, and can be customized to fit any kitchen layout.
At times, granite is viewed as a luxury option for a kitchen remodel. However, even granite has options that will fit into any homeowners budget. You can find granite countertops priced anywhere between $25 and $1,000 per square foot.
One advantage of granite countertops is that they are extremely durable. There are few materials that will scratch them and it’s unlikely you’ll crack or chip it. However, granite is porous, which means that spills can potentially damage the countertop if left uncleaned. Luckily, sealers have come a long way and can usually last up to a decade, protecting your granite from water damage and staining.
2. Quartz Countertops
After decades of completing kitchen remodels, we’ve found that granite and quartz are often lumped together in the minds of the homeowner. They’re similar in some ways, but you should evaluate these options separately.
Engineered stone like quartz comes in an even wider range of colors and customizable options than granite. And because the material is nonporous, you get an added level of durability and longevity. That’s not to say that this is a negative for granite, but quartz takes the benefits a step further.
Because the prices are typically comparable between this material and granite, quartz is gaining popularity (and even surpassing granite for some contractors).
The key to choosing between the two is to trust your designer and contractor and make the best decision to fit your stylistic and functional needs.
The reality is that many contractors see a 50-50 split between quartz and granite for kitchen remodels. However, you shouldn’t get locked into the idea that those are your only options.
If, for whatever reason, you’d rather not go down the path of quartz or granite, here are a couple other options to consider:
3. Solid Surfaces: Think of this as a lower-level version of quartz. You get the seamless look and style of engineered stone but without the durability. Damage can usually be sanded out.
4. Concrete: In modern designs, concrete countertops can help you stand out from the granite and quartz crowd. The material can be dyed in a wide range of colors and it’s more durable than just about any other option.
The Right Partner Makes All the Difference
Even if you’ve narrowed your material down ahead of time, finding a kitchen remodel contractor you trust is still critical. All of these materials come in so many styles, colors, and patterns that it’s almost impossible for the average homeowner to decide.
Find a contractor that’s always looking out for your best interests—one that will sit you down with an experienced Design Consultant (not just a salesperson) to figure out how all the different pieces of your kitchen will fit together.