At the start of a new year, I like to think about giving my Tucson home a new look, particularly in the kitchen. Countertops really affect the overall appearance of a room. That is why picking them out can be so fun.
It is tempting to choose a countertop on looks alone. But I think picking a countertop is a lot like buying a new pair of shoes. The fancy red heels often catch my eye. Yet, I need to think about the purchase practically. How will my counter be used? Will I be able to keep up with the necessary maintenance? Consider the options below and think about your needs. Perhaps, they’ll be one and the same.
Granite is consistently the top choice in countertops. It is available in a variety of shades, including blacks, whites, greens, corals, and beiges. Remember, no two counters look exactly alike. You might like one beige piece, but not another. Granite also comes in two finishes: polish, a shiny look that often darkens the appearance of the stone, and honing, a soft and matte look.
Cost for granite depends on several variables including color, finish, and the stone’s origin. Rare granite, which must be imported, will likely cost more.
Additional natural stone counter top options include marble, limestone and soapstone. They are softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care.
Engineered stone countertops are also available. Not only do they come in a wider variety of colors than their natural stone sisters, they more durable and easy to maintain.
Concrete countertops can be customized with pigments and a variety of finishes: stamped (a tool is used to impress both a pattern and texture), trowel (smooth), and ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate). Though concrete is gaining popularity, it has its drawbacks – extreme changes in temperature can cause concrete to warp, damp sponges can cause discoloration, and acid spills may etch the surface. To ensure concrete continues looking its best, it needs to be sealed and waxed on a very regular basis.
Solid surface countertops, such as laminate, are made in a large range of colors and designs. They are by far the most affordable counter material and can provide a seamless, stain resistant surface. Unfortunately, hot pans can easily damage them.
Wood countertops, also known as butcher-block counters, give kitchens a warm feel. Though they are easy to clean and scratches can be sanded out, water damages butcher-block quite easily. To prevent damage, these countertops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface.
Read about anything you liked? Isn’t it exciting how technology has revolutionized our options? Now more often than ever before, our wants align with our needs.
Happy Counter Picking and Happy New Year!