Which Countertop is Right For Your Kitchen?

kitchen-countertopsPlanning on remodeling your kitchen? One of the ways to make your kitchen stand out is by choosing a beautiful, luxurious countertop. But, with so many options to choose from, how do you know which material is right for you? Take a look at the pros and cons of some of the most common choices:

Granite

Home buyers are drawn to homes with granite, so it’s no surprise that this material is frequently used on kitchen countertops. But, is it right for you? Granite is incredibly durable and resistant to scratches and chips. Plus, if you take the time to apply a granite sealer about once a year, it’s even more durable than unprotected granite. And the downsides to granite? What you see is not always what you get. The stone that you receive will not always look like the sample you picked in-store because of natural variations that occur with the coloring. Also, granite is considered to be one of the most expensive countertop choices.

Tile

Tile is not as expensive as granite, averaging about $5-30 per square foot. This material is tough, easy to clean and resistant to heat and scratches that it may be exposed to in the kitchen. However, tile is not a flat, even surface when installed. This means if you put a wine glass down on one of the uneven parts of the counter, you could easily spill your drink or smash the glass when it tumbles to the ground. The uneven surface also makes it difficult to roll out dough, chop vegetables or do other cooking-related activities that require a smooth top.

Marble

Marble is just as pricey as granite, but nowhere near as durable. In fact, marble can very easily be scratched or chipped, so for homeowners who frequently use their kitchens, marble is not the best choice. But, it’s hard to resist its glowing, luxurious beauty that is unparalleled by other stones.

Quartz

Some quartz countertops are designed to look like real granite, while others are more of a solid color. What’s the difference between quartz and granite? Granite may be tough, but quartz is absolutely indestructible in the kitchen. Unless you are demolishing your kitchen with a hammer, you won’t chip or crack quartz countertops. Another benefit is that quartz does not require sealing to prevent damage.

So, what are the downsides to this seemingly perfect countertop? Over time, quartz can begin to lose its color, so you may end up with a slightly different shade than you originally bought. It also may not work with the rest of your kitchen, since it tends to come off as cold or uninviting. Although it is more resistant to scratches and chips than granite, it’s not as heat resistant, so you could damage quartz by leaving a hot pan on the counter by accident.

Want more real estate and home improvement advice? Talk to the professionals! Contact our team of real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty who have years of experience helping buyers and sellers in the Tampa area.

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